The ‘Kangaroo-Method’ for Treating Low Birth Weight Babies in a Developing Country

@article{Bergman1994TheF,
  title={The ‘Kangaroo-Method’ for Treating Low Birth Weight Babies in a Developing Country},
  author={N J Bergman and L A J{\"u}risoo},
  journal={Tropical Doctor},
  year={1994},
  volume={24},
  pages={57 - 60}
}
The results of introducing the ‘kangaroo method’ (constant nursing of the baby skin to skin on the mother's chest), as the exclusive means of treating low birth weight (LBW) babies is reported, in the context of a mission hospital in a developing country without incubators and standard equipment for care of LBW neonates. Details of the method developed are described. The survival of babies born under 1500g improved from 10% to 50%, whereas that of babies 1500–1999 g improved from 70% to 90… 

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