Kangaroo mother care to reduce morbidity and mortality in low birth weight infants

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There is evidence to support the use of Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC) as an alternative to neonatal care in low-birth weight infants particularly, in resource limited settings in the reduction of mortality and morbidity rates. However, more evidence to assess efficacy and safety of early onset continuous KMC in unstabilized or relatively stabilized Low Birth Weight (LBW) infants, long term neurodevelopmental outcomes, and costs of care is needed.

Kangaroo mother care (KMC), promotes skin to skin contact between a mother and her new-born and has been proposed as an alternative to the conventional neonatal care of LBW infants which is often associated with high health care costs due to the need for highly skilled personnel and logistic support. The aim of this review was to determine whether there is evidence to support the use of KMC in LBW infants as an alternative to conventional neonatal care.

 

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