The Effects of Touch on the Preterm Infant
The purpose of this thesis was to review findings regarding human touch and positive and negative effects on preterm infants. The review and synthesis of findings included data from research articles published from 2000-2006. Studies showed positive outcomes associated with infant massage, kangaroo care, gentle human touch, and facilitated tucking. One study noted negative effects ofbradycardia/hypoxia during kangaroo care. Positive effects included increases in weight gain, improved bone formation and mineralization, ability of infants to maintain temperature, and decreased pain responses. Limitations included the small number of studies within the US in comparison to other countries and small sample sizes. This work provides a single source for nurses in regard to the care of preterm infants using these interventions.
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Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.)
College of Nursing
Dissertations, Academic -- Health and Public Affairs; Health and Public Affairs -- Dissertations, Academic
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Honors in the Major Thesis
Jordan, Nicole, "The Effects of Touch on the Preterm Infant" (2007). HIM 1990-2015. 646.