As the world considers moving towards social distancing as a measure to prevent the spread of the deadly coronavirus, a new study by researchers at the Florida Atlanta University suggests that mother-infant touch is essential for the ideal neurodevelopmental regulation during the early stage of infancy.
Kangaroo care is a skin to skin, chest to chest method of caring for the baby, especially premature, which has been known to promote neurophysical development of an infant. It also ensures physiological and psychological warmth and bonding. The parent's stable body temperature helps to regulate the infant's temperature more smoothly than an incubator and prepares it for breastfeeding. The research shows that prolonged use of this method can positively benefit the infants as well as the others in their post-partum period.
Source: Florida Atlanta University