Volume 67, Issue 12 (6 2010)                   Tehran Univ Med J 2010, 67(12): 870-875 | Back to browse issues page

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Saeidi R, Tafazoli M, Gholami Robatsangi M. Kangaroo mother care for infantile colic: a randomized clinical trial. Tehran Univ Med J. 2010; 67 (12) :870-875
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Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE AR-SA MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 !mso]> ject classid="clsid:38481807-CA0E-42D2-BF39-B33AF135CC4D" id=ieooui> Background: Infantile colic has been defined as episodes of excessive and persistent crying without known medical cause. Kangaroo mother care is a new method for baby care with several advantages. A universally available and biologically sound method of care for all newborns, with three components: skin-to-skin contact, exclusive breastfeeding, support to the mother-infant dyad. This study designed for evaluating Kangaroo mother care on infantile colic. 

Methods: This study was a randomized controlled trial. From 1th may 2008 to 1 may 2009 a total of 70 children, aged 3-12 weeks with persistent colic symptoms were studied. The children were referred to Sheikh clinic, Mashhad, Iran, because of excessive crying. Normal mother-infant pairs were recruited at 3 to 12 weeks of age after obtaining baseline for two days. Subjects divided randomly to kangaroo care or conventional care group and mothers in both groups filled diary for seven days.

Results: In the beginning of the study, the infants in kangaroo care group had 3.5 hr/d crying and after the intervention, it decreased to 1.7 hr/d, the difference were significant (p<0.05). But there were no difference in feeding duration between two groups (p=0.2). Awake and content (normal behavior) behaviors were significantly increased in the kangaroo care group (p=0.001). Sleep duration was significantly increased in the kangaroo care group (p=0.02).

Conclusions: Kangaroo care may be used as a simple and safe method for treatment of infantile colic.

Keywords: Infantile, kangaroo, care, mother
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