12 June, 2018

Benefits of Kangaroo Care

Kangaroo Care refers to the method of holding a baby, and involves skin-to-skin contact. The baby is usually bare naked, except for a diaper and blanker or clothing to cover his or her back, and is placed in an upright position against a parent’s bare chest. This attachment helps form a secure bond between the parent and the newborn. Kangaroo care has several benefits – here are some of them:

  1. Helps Baby Adapt

Thermal regulation is a common problem with infants, especially preterm babies. Your baby is used to being in the womb, where he/she didn’t need to regulate their temperature. Since your skin is the same temperature as your womb, baby will find it easier to adapt to her post-birth environment.

  1. Boosts Baby’s Mental Development

Preemies who receive kangaroo care have been found to have better brain functioning at 15 years of age, than those who had been placed in an incubator. Their brain functioning is comparable to that of adolescents born at term. By stabilizing the heart rate, oxygenation, and improving sleep, their brain is able to develop better.

  1. Promotes Healthy Weight

Studies have found that skin-to-skin contact dramatically increases newborn weight gain. When babies are warm, they don’t need to use their energy to regulate their body temperature, and can use that energy to grow instead. It is also believed that babies who receive kangaroo care enjoy increased breastfeeding rates, which also promotes healthy weight gain.

  1. Makes Breastfeeding Easier

By instinct, newborns have a heightened sense of smell. Placing your baby skin-to-skin helps her seek out the nipple and begin breastfeeding. In fact, moms who practiced kangaroo care were more likely to breastfeed exclusively, and went on two breastfeed three months longer than those who didn’t practice skin-to-skin care.

  1. Reduces Baby Stress

Researchers found that just 10 minutes of skin-to-skin contact helped reduce babies’ level of stress hormone cortisol, and increased the levels of oxytocin, which stimulates the baby’s nervous systems and makes them feel calm and safe. Research also shows that when preterm infants are held chest-to-chest, they react less to heel sticks, a minimally invasive way to draw blood, and a common source of pain among preemies. Also, babies who have less stress sleep better. Preemies who were cradled skin-to-skin slept more deeply and woke up less often than those who slept in incubators.

  1. Prevents Postpartum Depression

Studies show that kangaroo care can also help in reducing postpartum depression. Activity in the mother’s adrenal axis is negatively influenced by childbirth, and skin-to-skin contact may help minimize the risk of depression. Oxytocin released from skin-to-skin care decreases maternal anxiety and promotes attachment, further reducing the risk.

  1. Promotes bonding with Dad

From their time in the womb, babies recognize their fathers’ voice. Therefore, skin-to-skin contact with dad helps calm them down and increases bonding between baby and dad.

When it comes to Kangaroo care, the first two hours after birth are most important, in terms of easing baby into the world. After that, continued skin-to-skin contact can still be beneficial, especially for preemies that have low birth weights. Our experts at KIMS Cuddles can help guide you through it all.

*Information shared here is for general purpose Please take doctors’ advice before taking any decision.


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24 January, 2022

Baby’s First Year – Feeding Schedule and Nutrition Tips

You’ve happily clicked a snap of your little munchkin eating messily! That’s great, but now are you worried about how to provide the best nutrition to your baby in the first year? Fret not, here’s a guide on the feeding schedule for baby in the first year. Keeping in mind the fact that different infants require a different amount of nutrition, the nutrition you provide to your infant depends on his or her age, appetite, and body weight. So let’s have a glance at the healthy food for baby according to their age in the first year of birth. Newborns. As you must know, infants should receive the nutrition and calories only through breast milk or formula.  So let’s know the feeding schedule for baby with both these items. Breast milk According to the American Academy of Paediatrics, an infant should drink one to two ounces of breast milk per feeding. However, once your baby is at least two weeks old, the amount of this quantity will amplify to two to three ounces.  Generally, you need to feed breast milk to your newborn every two to three hours ass it proves to be a healthy food for baby. Formula. If you’re opting to include a formula in the feeding
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21 January, 2022

What is a Neonatal Care Specialist and What’s Their Job Description?

Once a baby enters into this world, he or she needs to be taken care of. The transition of the baby from the womb to the outside world is made smoother with the efficacious services of a neonatal care specialist. A neonatologist or a Neonatal Care Specialist is a physician who provides care for newborns, especially infants that are born prematurely and have different health issues. Due to this, the services of a Neonatal care specialist are hired by different Community hospitals, University Medical centers, and other children’s hospitals. Now let’s have a peek at the job description and the qualifications or education required to become a Neonatal care specialist.  Education of a Neonatal care specialist  What is a Neonatal doctor? A Neonatal doctor or a neonatologist is a physician responsible to maintain the proper nutrition of a newborn. To practice the profession of a neonatal care specialist, you need to acquire a demanding educational path. This means you have to procure your undergraduate degree and then spend four years in a medical school. Once medical school is done, a neonatologist spends another three years in residency in general pediatrics.  When your education is completed, you need to obtain general certification from the American Board of Paediatrics. This requires you to pass certain education requirements along with the certification exam. Once done, you
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06 January, 2022

Skin Care Advice And Protecting Your Baby’s Skin

Once you have brought your newborn home, the most important thing on your list should be to keep him or her warm and nourished. Knowing skin care tips for babies is crucial because newborn skin is delicate and it requires special care. Besides the normal rashes, different fragrances, chemicals or even detergents and baby products can cause irritation, allergies, dryness and chap on your infant’s skin. But if you know the right skin protection tips, you can save your baby from all such issues. So let’s have a glance at the skin care tips for babies that will help you to protect your babies skin.  Natural skin care advice for babies A newborn baby has a natural baby skin defensive mechanism with wrinkly skin and the protective covering known as vernix. This skin layer naturally peels off in the initial first week of the baby. So you need to make sure not to invade this natural process by rubbing or treating their baby’s skin, with creams and lotions in the initial first week. However, in case your child is born past the due date, then the naturally peeling off process is likely to be already finished while they are inside the womb. Skin care tips for babies. Besides not invading with the natural
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