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Dev Psychobiol. 1976 Nov;9(6):569-77.

The effects of tactile and kinesthetic stimulation on neonatal development in the premature infant.


The effects of tactile and kinesthetic stimulation on the neonatal development of 12 premature infants were investigated. Experimental infants received four 15-min periods of tactile and kinesthetic stimulation daily for 10 days. The control infants received only standard, routine nursery care. Data were collected daily on 8 dependent measures: weight, number of feedings, amount of formula intake, body temperature, respiration, heart rate, frequency of voiding, and frequency of stooling. The data analyses revealed significant differences in amount of formula intake and in weight at the end of the treatment period in favor of the experimental infants. Additionally, the experimental infants required significantly fewer feedings during the stimulation period. All others dependent measures were nonsignificant.

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