Kangaroo Care, Skin on Skin.
Kangaroo care is a technique of holding your baby skin on skin. It is most commonly used for low birth-weight, pre-term babies however it is beneficial to all babies. Place your baby on your bare chest dress them in their nappy with a blanket, or parents clothing on top of them. The cuddling inside the pouch of their parent’s shirt or blanket led to the creation of the term ‘kangaroo care’.
Benefits to babies
- Stabilization of the baby's heart rate.
- Regulation of temperature, an alternative to an incubator.
- Improved (more regular) breathing patterns.
- Improved sleep. Less stress = better sleep
- Decreased crying that reduces baby’s stress and pain.
- Easier breastfeeding.
- Earlier hospital discharge
Benefits to parents
- Promotion of bonding with both mum and dad.
- Increased milk supply. When mum and baby are together, hormones that regulate lactation balance out, helping to produce more milk.
- Carried babies have decreased crying which causes less stress for parents.
Try and do as much kangaroo care as possible. Using a sling or wrap once you’re at home can help you do it more often if you have other children to look after.
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