Benefits of Kangaroo Care
Kangaroo care is commonly done on young infants where you place the baby only clad in diapers on your breast for temperature regulation. Though kangaroo care is popularly done at infancy, it can also continue throughout infancy depending on your preference.
1. Temperature regulation
Kangaroo care is primarily used to maintain correct temperature in infants, since they are not able to maintain body temperature. The parent’s chest can regulate temperature to ensure the infant receives the right temperature. If the infant feels colds, the mother’s breast becomes warm to maintain an ideal warmness for the infant.
2. Regulates breathing
The parent’s heart rate and breathing pattern stimulates the infant to have the same heart rates and breathing patterns. This often leads to reduced oxygen requirements, regular heart beat and decreased apnea.
3. Leads to weight gain
Recent studies indicate that kangaroo care also plays a role in weight gain, leading to short hospital visits for premature babies.
4. Build a strong bond between infant and the mother
Attachment and intimacy between infant and parent are nurtured using this technique. Kangaroo care provides direct eye contact between mother and the infant, creating a strong bond.
5. Breastfeeding opportunities
Kangaroo position has also been shown to facilitate breastfeeding, since the infant is near the mother’s breasts. This goes along way in promoting longer sleeping patterns and decreased crying in infants.
6. Provide emotional attachment
Kangaroo care is great for mothers since it can act as a therapy when you are sad, overwhelmed, lonely, hurt, and other emotions you may have when the baby is premature. Also, kangaroo care provides an emotional attachment between infant and mother, building a strong bond.
Due to the result of study and observation of the long-term and immediate benefits of infant/ mother contact, a large number of physicians now stress on the importance of kangaroo care.