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Kangaroo mother care to reduce morbidity and mortality and improve growth in low-birth-weight infants

Every year, more than 20 million infants are born weighing less than 2500 g – over 96% of them in developing countries. These low-birth-weight infants are at increased risk of neonatal morbidity and mortality.

Conventional neonatal care of low-birth-weight infants is expensive and needs both highly skilled personnel and permanent logistic support. Evidence suggests that kangaroo mother care is a safe and effective alternative to conventional neonatal care, especially in under-resourced settings and can reduce morbidity and mortality in low-birth-weight infants as well as improve growth and breastfeeding. Kangaroo mother care involves:

  • early, continuous and prolonged skin-to-skin contact between a mother and her newborn
  • frequent and exclusive breastfeeding
  • early discharge from hospital.

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Last update:

22 April 2014 16:12 CEST

Category 2 intervention

Systematic review(s) have been conducted but no recent guidelines yet available that have been approved by the WHO Guidelines Review Committee

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