Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC)
Preterm and low birth weight babies who get Kangaroo mother care (KMC) or continuous skin-to-skin contact with their mothers during the first few days have better survival odds, according to Harvard study published in the journal of Pediatrics. Nearly four million babies worldwide die each year during their first month of life. Infants born premature or at a low birth weight are particularly at risk. Incubators and other medical technologies may not be available in economically poor countries.
The benefit of skin- to skin contact;
New borns who received KMC had a 36 % lower death rate compared to those who received standared care.
They also had a 47 % lower risk of sepsis or major infection,
a 78 % lower risk of hypothermia,
an 88 5 lower risk of dangerously low blood sugar,
Higher oxygen levels, temperature, head circumference growth
Women practicing KMC were 50 % more likely to exclusively breastfeed at hospital discharge.
Hospital readmissions were also low among infants who received KMC.