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Acta Paediatr. 1999 Dec;88(12):1402-4.

First week kangaroo care in sick very preterm infants.

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Department of Paediatrics, Umeå University, Sweden.


The aim was to investigate whether kangaroo care (KC) with and without nasogastric tube feeding (NG) is tolerated by sick preterm infants during the first week of life. Seventeen infants with current or resolving illness received 1 h of KC. The study patients were originally recruited for a study on the response of intestinal peptides to feeding during KC. Median gestational age was 28 wk and median birthweight 1238 g. During KC, eight infants received NG. During KC, oxygen requirements were unchanged or decreased in 15 infants and increased in 2 infants. Changes in arterial blood gases, transcutaneous pO2/pCO2, heart rate and temperature were minimal. One episode of apnoea occurred. In conclusion, KC was well tolerated, as was NG, during KC.

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