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Mohamadzadeh A, Karbandi S, Esmaily H, Basiry M. Effect of tactile-kinesthetic stimulation on weight gaining of preterm infants. Med J Islam Repub Iran. 2009; 23 (3) :148-153
URL: http://mjiri.iums.ac.ir/article-1-94-en.html

Professor Neonatal Research Center of Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Neonatal Research Center NICU, Emamreza Hospital Mashhad, , mohamadzadeha@mums. ac. ir
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 Background: The quality of life and standard of health care in a society is measured

 by its preterm infants' mortality rate. The popularity and credibility of alternative

 treatment such as touch therapy may be effective in preterm and low birth weight

 infants in order to increase their survival rate. The aim of this study was to determine

 the effect of touch intervention on the weight gain of preterm infants who were admitted

 to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unite(NICU).

 Methods: This study was a randomized controlled trial performed in NICU of

 Emamreza hospital, Mashhad, Iran, from July 2007 to November 2007. There were

 two groups (the control group and the case group) and one response variable (weight

 gain). Infants in the control group received routine nursing care. Infants in the case

 group, in addition to the routine care, received stroking/passive limb movement therapy

 for three 15 minute sessions per day for a 10 day period. Then weight gaining was

 compared between the two groups .

 Results: The weight gain data was analyzed by SPSS software. Over the 10 day

 study period, the case group gained significantly more weight compared to the control

 group (p<0.001 (.

 Conclusion: The data suggest that stroking/passive limb movement can be an efficient

 and cost effective way of enhancing growth in stable preterm infants .


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Type of Study: Original Research | Subject: Pediatric

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