KMC in the news
Kangaroo Care saves mother’s life!
Download here a brief report of how skin-to-skin contact improved the condition of an unconscious mother on ventilator, whom doctors believed was going to die!
Thanks to Susan Ludington and Mary Walters.
This is our own YouTube promotion of Hold Your Prem!
“The very best environment for a baby to grow and thrive, is the mother’s body,” says Dr Nils Bergman, a doctor specializing in Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC) in South Africa. “When placed skin-to-skin on the mother’s chest, the baby receives warmth, protection and food, and its brain can develop optimally. “The mother’s skin is the baby’s natural environment, and both physically and emotionally the healthiest place for the baby to be”.
Family-centered Caesarean birth
Good input from obstetrician, anaesthetist and midwife.
Miracle Baby: Australia
Also: CNN link .
Crying Babies Have Lower IQ
Babies older than three months who cry uncontrollably without reason are at greater risk of suffering from lower IQ, hyperactivity and discipline problems in childhood, new research has found.
Persistent crying for periods longer than two weeks after that age may suggest subtle neurological problems that are later responsible for developmental deficits, said federal government researchers.
Persistent and unexplained crying when babies are younger than three months – commonly known as colic – was not associated with cognitive problems later on.
“Children who had prolonged crying, but not those who had colic, had poorer outcomes on many of the tests of cognitive development,” the researchers wrote in a paper published in the Archives of Disease in Childhood.
The study was based on 327 children in Norway and Sweden who were evaluated at 6 and 13 weeks and had their IQs measured when they were five years old. While the study was small, the researchers said the stark differences between the groups strengthened their confidence in the results.
The researchers found no obvious differences to explain the prolonged crying in babies older than three months. While maternal smoking has long been associated with colic, it was not associated with prolonged crying after babies were older than three months.
This article was originally published on page 10 of The Pretoria News on November 03, 2004.