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20 Year Later Lasting Benefits are Realized from Skin to Skin Bonding

20 Year Later Lasting Benefits are Realized from Skin to Skin Bonding

A new study from Kangaroo Foundation in Bogota, Colombia found that premature and low weight babies who participated in skin to skin contact during the first weeks of life were less likely to be hyperactive and aggressive as young adults, compared with those premature babies who did not receive the same type of care. "The study indicates that kangaroo style care has significant long-lasting social and behavioral protective effects 20 years after the intervention,” stated Dr. Nathalie Charpak, a pediatrician involved in the study. "The young ex-kangaroo mother care participants, especially in the poorest families, had less aggressive drive and were less impulsive and hyperactive. They exhibited less antisocial behavior, which might be associated with separation from the mother at birth."

It's clear that premature babies not only benefit at the time of bonding, but also benefit as they age. This is great news because now parents, who are going through difficult times can actively do something to help the final outcome of their most precious little ones!

More here! http://www.forbes.com/sites/tarahaelle/2016/12/12/kangaroo-care-still-benefits-preemies-even-20-years-later/#5bd2854476e5