IN MUM’S ARMS
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.