Preterm infant massage elicits consistent increases in vagal activity and gastric motility that are associated with greater weight gain.

@article{Diego2007PretermIM,
  title={Preterm infant massage elicits consistent increases in vagal activity and gastric motility that are associated with greater weight gain.},
  author={Miguel A Diego and Tiffany Field and Maria Hernandez-Reif and Osvelia Deeds and Angela Ascencio and Gisela Begert},
  journal={Acta paediatrica},
  year={2007},
  volume={96 11},
  pages={1588-91}
}
AIM To determine whether preterm infant massage leads to consistent increases in vagal activity and gastric motility and whether these increases are associated with greater weight gain. METHODS EKG and EGG were recorded in 80 preterm infants randomly assigned to a moderate pressure massage therapy group or to a standard care control group to assess vagal activity and gastric motility responses to massage therapy. RESULTS Massaged infants exhibited consistent short-term increases in vagal… CONTINUE READING

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