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Kangaroo Care

Kangaroo Care is a form of skin-to-skin care used in the NICU for premature or sick babies. During kangaroo care, we remove your baby’s clothing, except the diaper, and place your baby directly on your chest. Babies love to snuggle closely with the mothers, and fathers are also encouraged to participate in kangaroo care. Your baby will best benefit from kangaroo care that lasts for at least 1 1/2 to 2 hours at a time each day.

Kangaroo care has many profound benefits for your baby. These include:

  • Gives your baby a sense of security
  • Improves your baby’s vital signs
  • Your baby will sleep better
  • It keeps your baby warm
  • Accelerates brain growth and development
  • Enhances breastfeeding
  • Helps with pain
  • Earlier hospital discharge