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Kangaroo sorg by voortydse babas

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dc.contributor.advisor Prof A.G.W. Nolte en_US
dc.contributor.author Janse van Rensburg, Magaretha
dc.date.accessioned 2012-02-06T07:21:29Z
dc.date.available 2012-02-06T07:21:29Z
dc.date.issued 2012-02-06
dc.date.submitted 2000
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10210/4354
dc.description M.Cur. en_US
dc.description.abstract Kangaroo Care is the practice of a mother holding her baby skin-to-skin in an upright position between her breasts. Kangaroo Care originated in a Colombian hospital because there was not enough incubators to nurse all the sick and premature babies in. Incubators had to be shared with the result that the mortality rate due to infection rised dramatically. The implementing of Kangaroo Care caused these numbers to fall dramatically. The primary objective of the study is to determine whether Kangaroo Care in the neonatal period will have an effect on the weight gain of the preterm infant. The study was conducted at an academic state hospital which specialises in mother and child medicine. Parents and babies who met the inclusion and exclusion criteria were asked to participate in the study. Babies were divided into a control and experimental group where the control group did not receive Kangaroo Care and the experimental group received Kangaroo Care. A quantative, experimental, explanatory design was used to evaluate the effect of Kangaroo Care on the weight gain of preterm infants. The results of the study shows that there is no mentionable difference between the weight gain of the two groups. The positive hypotheses was rejected while the null- hypotheses was accepted. Although there was not a mentionable difference between the two groups the study did not show that the experimental group gained weight slower than the control group. Although there was not a mentionable difference between the weight gain of the experimental and control group, parents learned to be more confident in the care of their babies. Medical staff and nurses also learned a lot about Kangaroo Care and its benefits. It is recommended that nursing staff should be trained in helping parents with Kangaroo care and that Kangaroo care be implemented in neonatal units to enhance parent infant bonding and also to increase the parents self confidence in looking after their preterm baby. en_US
dc.language.iso afr en_US
dc.title Kangaroo sorg by voortydse babas en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US

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