Effect of kangaroo mother care on cerebral hemodynamics in preterm infants

Main Article Content

Dr. Aditi Bakare, Dr. V Y Kshirsagar, Dr. Sambasiva Rao


Background: Kangaroo mother care (KMC) has been widely used to improve the care of preterms and low birth weight infants. This study was conducted to evaluate the effect of KMC on cerebral blood flow in preterm infants.

Materials & methods: A total of 40 subjects were enrolled. A pre-post test without a control group study was included. CBF flow parameters were measured with Doppler ultrasonography in one middle cerebral artery. Other variables heart rate and mean arterial blood pressure were also studied before and after KMC. P- value less than 0.05 was considered significant.

Results: Comparing data before and after the application of KMC for 30 minutes, there has been a significant decrease in heart rate and an increase in systolic and diastolic blood pressure, MABP.

Conclusion: Kangaroo mother care improves cerebral blood flow in stable preterm infants.


Article Details