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Kangaroo care is the skin-to-skin holding of an infant on your chest,
under a hospital gown or loose shirt. After a premature or sick infant is
medically stable, parents can practice kangaroo care. It is known to have
positive effects on an infant's heart rate and breathing. It also helps with
Many neonatal intensive care units encourage kangaroo care of
premature infants. Some encourage it with tiny infants and infants on ventilators. But others advise it only with more developed, stable
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerSarah Marshall, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerKimberly Dow, MD, FRCPC - Neonatology
Current as ofAugust 21, 2015
Current as of:
August 21, 2015
Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine & Kimberly Dow, MD, FRCPC - Neonatology
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