What are the risks and benefits of kangaroo mother care in preterm and low-birth-weight infants?
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What are the risks and benefits of kangaroo mother care in preterm and low-birth-weight infants? Evidence-Based Answer: "Kangaroo mother care” (KMC) or skin-to-skin care with nearly exclusive breastfeeding reduces morbidity, mortality, severe infection, nosocomial infection, hypothermia, and length of hospital stay in low-birthweight (LBW) and preterm infants in low- to middle-income countries. No risks from KMC have been reported. However, in small and premature infants in high-income countries, it appears to only promote continuation of some breastfeeding (SOR: B, systematic reviews and meta-analyses of RCTs with some bias).
Evidence Based Practice 18(8): 12-13