Kangaroo Care: The Best You Can Do to Help Your Preterm Infant

Kangaroo Care: The Best You Can Do to Help Your Preterm Infant

by Susan M. Ludington-Hoe
     
 

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GIVE YOUR PRETERM BABY THE BEST POSSIBLE START IN LIFE
 
If you have just given birth to a preterm infant, you and your baby both face special challenges. Parents long to help their baby but often feel isolated and frightened by hospital procedures.
 
Now there is wonderful news for both babies and parents. Kangaroo Care, a

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GIVE YOUR PRETERM BABY THE BEST POSSIBLE START IN LIFE
 
If you have just given birth to a preterm infant, you and your baby both face special challenges. Parents long to help their baby but often feel isolated and frightened by hospital procedures.
 
Now there is wonderful news for both babies and parents. Kangaroo Care, a technique pioneered in leading neonatal centers worldwide, gives you a unique role: a special way of holding your infant that provides crucial health benefits—including shorter hospital stays.
 
Based on ground-breaking research, Kangaroo Care is a step-by-step guide to bringing these benefits to your baby—even if your neonatal unit does not yet have a Kangaroo Care program. It explains:
 
• Why Kangaroo Care enhances your baby’s development
• How to use the technique even if your infant requires a ventilator or an incubator
• How to understand your baby’s signals of distress or comfort—and how to respond
• How you can work with the national staff to provide the best for your baby between your visits
• How to involve fathers as well as mothers
• All the proven results of Kangaroo Care—including a more relaxed, healthier, and contented baby
 
THE COMPLETE PARENTS’ GUIDE TO THE REVOLUTIONARY NEW TREATMENT FOR PRETERM BABIES

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Library Journal
Originating in Colombia a decade ago as a means of keeping preterm infants (premies) alive in an unheated hospital, ``kangaroo care'' is a term describing skin-to-skin contact in an upright position. The authors have written a comprehensive book explaining what it is, which premies are suitable and why (not all qualify), the physiological theories behind it, and how it benefits both infants and their parents. They describe a typical neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) stay and how this procedure can complement NICU treatment. For additional information on premies, see Helen Harrison's The Premature Baby Book ( LJ 7/83). Highly recommended for family health collections.-- Anne C. Tomlin, Auburn Memorial Hosp. Lib., N.Y.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780553372458
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/28/1993
Pages:
244
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

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