Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC) in LBW infants - A western Rajasthan experience

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  • Objective. This study was taken to study the various beneficial effects of KMC in LBW babies. Methods. 50 LBW babies (birth weight >2 kg) two who delivered at Umaid Hospital, RIMCH Jodhpur included in this study and they have given KMC 4-6 hours/day in 3-4 settings. Maternal & Neonatal characteristics and complications prospectively recorded. Results. Of 50 LBW babies enrolled, M:F ratio was 1.5:1 and mean birth weight was 1.487 ± 0.175kg. The mean age at which KMC started was 4±1.738 days. The mean weight gain was 29 ± 3.52 gms, mean age of discharge 23.6 ± 3.52 days and mean duration of hospital stay was 15.5 ± 11.3 days. Conclusion. KMC is effective and safe in stable preterm infants and as effective on traditional care with incubators. KMC because of its simplicity may have a place in home care of LBW babies. © 2007 Dr. K C Chaudhuri Foundation.
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  • Gupta M; Jora R; Bhatia R
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  • 747
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  • 749
  • Volume

  • 74
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  • 8