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Skin-to-skin Contact With Fathers Benefits Newborns

by Colleen Fleiss on January 7, 2021 at 11:11 PM
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Skin-to-skin Contact With Fathers Benefits Newborns

Providing skin-to-skin contact with fathers helps newborns after cesarean delivery, revealed a new study published in Acta Paediatrica.

For the study, 95 newborns were randomized to the cot, father's arms, or skin-to-skin contact with the father after cesarean section delivery.

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The study results revealed the advantages of skin-to-skin than the cot or fathers' arms groups:
  • Higher heart rates were higher.
  • More stable physiological parameters and wakefulness.
Why is skin-to-skin contact important?
  • Calms and relaxes the newborn
  • Stimulates interest in feeding
  • Regulates body temperature
  • Assists with growth
  • Improves oxygen saturation
Source: Medindia

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