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J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med. 2012 Aug;25(8):1354-7. doi: 10.3109/14767058.2011.634459. Epub 2011 Nov 28.

The effect of kangaroo mother care on the duration of phototherapy of infants re-admitted for neonatal jaundice.

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Fayoum Faculty of Medicine, Pediatrics, Cairo, Egypt.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

We investigated the effect of kangaroo mother care (KMC) on the duration of phototherapy of jaundiced neonates.

METHODS:

Fifty Egyptian newborns hospitalized for jaundice were investigated through a prospective observational study to determine whether intermittent KMC would reduce the duration of phototherapy required.

RESULTS:

The babies who received KMC recovered earlier from jaundice and needed a shorter duration of phototherapy than the control group (68.14 ± 24.32 hour versus 100.86 ± 42.26 hour, p = 0.004).

CONCLUSION:

KMC may be an effective intervention to reduce the duration of phototherapy needed when jaundiced babies are hospitalized.

PMID:
22122062
DOI:
10.3109/14767058.2011.634459
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