‘Kangaroo Mother Care’ (KMC) includes thermal care through continuous skin-to-skin contact, support for exclusive breastfeeding or other appropriate feeding, and early recognition/response to illness. Whilst increasingly accepted in both high- and low-income countries, a Cochrane review (2003) did not find evidence of KMC’s mortality benefit, and did not report neonatal-specific data. These results support earlier findings of the beneficial effects of KMC on mortality and growth. Use of this technique would humanize the practice of neonatology, promote breastfeeding, and shorten the neonatal hospital stay without compromising survival, growth, or development.
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Sanjay S. Shinde. Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC). Int. J. Nur. Edu. and Research 4(1): Jan.-Mar., 2016; Page 61-63 doi: 10.5958/2454-2660.2016.00011.9