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Kan­ga­roo care in the early days of a baby’s life can have last­ing health

ben­e­fits. The tech­nique in­volves skin-to-skin con­tact and is usu­ally as­so­ci­ated with car­ing for pre­ma­ture ba­bies with a low birth­weight. A pre­vi­ous study car­ried out be­tween 1993 and 1996 fol­lowed a group of pre­emies who had kan­ga­roo care, and found they demon­strated

im­prove­ments in IQ and growth at 12 months cor­rected age, com­pared with ba­bies who re­ceived tra­di­tional care. And a study, which fol­lowed up 500 of the nearly 700 orig­i­nal par­tic­i­pants, has

found these ben­e­fits were still ev­i­dent 20 years later.

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