Moderate versus light pressure massage therapy leads to greater weight gain in preterm infants.

  title={Moderate versus light pressure massage therapy leads to greater weight gain in preterm infants.},
  author={Tiffany M. Field and Miguel A Diego and Maria Hernandez-Reif and Osvelia Deeds and Barbara Figuereido},
  journal={Infant behavior & development},
  volume={29 4},
Sixty-eight preterm infants (M GA=30 weeks) were randomly assigned to a moderate or to a light pressure massage therapy group to receive 15 massages three times per day for 5 days. Behavior state, stress behaviors and heart rate were recorded for 15min before and during the first 15-min therapy session. Weight gain was recorded over the 5-day therapy period. The moderate versus light pressure massage group gained significantly more weight per day. During the behavior observations the moderate… CONTINUE READING
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