JOHNSON CITY, TN (WJHL) – Premature babies need a lot of care to help them as they grow, but one of the simplest actions that can help stimulate them is human touch.
Niswonger Children’s Hospital has encouraged their employees to be involved in what is known as Kangaroo Care for preemies as much as possible.
Kangaroo Care involves direct skin-to-skin contact where the baby wears only a diaper and is placed on the parent or caregiver’s bare chest, and then covered with a blanket.
The direct contact helps regulate the baby’s body temperature, breathing and heart rate.
The team at Niswonger logged over 250 hours of Kangaroo Care during the month of May, so on Thursday, Dr. Shawn Hollinger a neonatologist at the hospital dressed up in a kangaroo costume for them.
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