What is Kangaroo Care?
Kangaroo care is done by holding your child against your bare chest that allows skin-to-skin contact. Kangaroo care is typically done right after giving birth while you are still at the hospital. This method can be practiced by both mothers and fathers.
Although skin-to-skin contact is also encouraged for full-term babies and their parents, it benefits premature infants significantly. It helps stabilise low-weight infants and form a special bond between parents and their newborns.
In the late 1970s, the premature infant’s death rate was approximately 70% high because of diseases and infections, respiratory problems and lack of proper care and attention.
In response to this, Kangaroo Care was developed in Bogota, Columbia.
Research shows that when babies are held against their mother’s bodies for several hours each day, it will help them thrive and their bodies become stronger.
Skin-to-skin contact can also be very beneficial for full-term babies and their parents and is encouraged by most hospitals.
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