ASSESSMENT OF PRETERM NEONATES’ RESPONSE TO TACTILE AND KINESTHETIC STIMULATIONAbstract
Objective: To assess the response of Preterm neonates to Tactile and Kinesthetic Stimulation. Methods: The study was conducted in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit of a tertiary care hospital in India. Twelve stable preterm neonates were selected as per the inclusion and exclusion criteria and randomized into the intervention and control group. Seven days of tactile and kinesthetic stimulation was given three times in a day to intervention group along with the routine care, and the control group was given only the routine care. The pre and post-test assessment was done among both the groups. The weight gain and other physiobehavioural parameters were compared with the control group. Result: The preterm neonates in the intervention group gained more weight than the control group, and also there was a significant difference found in the physio-behavioural parameters between the two groups. Conclusion: Tactile and kinesthetic stimulation is a non-invasive cost-effective intervention that promotes weight gain and reduces hospital stay. Hence it can be recommended to the preterm neonates in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit along with the routine care.
J. Umarani *, S. Ramesh, P. Saldanha, R. D. Mendonsa and E. Kayalvizhi
Yenepoya Nursing College, Yenepoya Deemed to be University, Mangalore, Karnataka, India.
08 June 2020
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