Skin-to-skin contact has been proven to show brain and heart benefits of premature babies. The inaugural study on ‘kangaroo care,’ conducted by Monash University, showed that one hour of skin-to-skin contact per day of babies born at 30 weeks increased circulation as compared to those newborns in an incubator. There were other observed benefits too, like decreases crying and reduced stress. There are some drawbacks to the methodology in this study, as small newborns may have a decrease in body temperature, but with this sample size, no subjects exhibited this behavior.
- A new study has shown that skin-to-skin has concrete benefits for babies’ heart and brain development.
- Just one day of contact significantly improved function compared to that of babies in incubators.
- The study suggests that this low-cost and easily applied practice should be widely done.
“Parent-infant skin-to-skin care (SSC) or kangaroo care, started in the late 1970s in Columbia when incubators to keep babies warm were not available.”