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Skin-to-Skin Contact With Mom Helps Newborns

Having skin-to-skin contact with mom immediately after birth appears to help ease a newborn's arrival into the world. Known as "kangaroo care," such skin-to-skin contact is believed to give babies a sense of security that provides a buffer against the bombardment of sensory stimuli around them. Infants who were placed on their mothers' bare torso for one hour shortly after birth had better sleep and showed movements and postures that indicate greater adaptation to their surroundings. For more information on how to have a healthy newborn, check out the tips in this past article.

Pediatrics April 2004;113(4):858-65

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