Home > Health & Wellness > Health Library > Kangaroo Care for Premature Infants
Kangaroo care is the skin-to-skin holding of an infant on your chest,
under a hospital gown or loose shirt. After a premature or sick infant is
medically stable, parents can practice kangaroo care. It is known to have
positive effects on an infant's heart rate and breathing. It also helps with
Many neonatal intensive care units encourage kangaroo care of
premature infants. Some encourage it with tiny infants and infants on ventilators. But others advise it only with more developed, stable
Current as of:
March 22, 2013
Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine & Kimberly Dow, MD, FRCPC - Neonatology
How this information was developed to help you make better health decisions.
To learn more, visit Healthwise.org
© 1995-2014 Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.
Call First Nurse 24 Hours a Day for free health care advice, resources and referrals!
Ames: 515-239-6877In Iowa: 800-524-6877
Search health information online in our Mulimedia Health Library.
Use our interactive symptom checker to evaluate your symptoms and determine appropriate action or treatment.
Patient Privacy |
Net Learning for Employees |
MGMC PACS for Physicians
1111 Duff Avenue Ames, IA 50010 - 515-239-2011 - email@example.com
©2014 Mary Greeley Medical Center - All rights reserved.