Maternally-administered massage and weight gain in preterm and low birth weight infants:a systematic review

Jackie Gracey, Orla Urquhart, Callum Urquhart

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Abstract

Early tactile experiences have long-term effects on preterm infants’ sensory performance.Weight gain is key to infant development; while research confirms that massage impacts positively on weight gain in this population, most of the literature focuses on massage administered by health professionals/researchers. This review aims to examine whether massage provided by an infant’s mother impacts on weight gain in preterm and/or low birthweight infants.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-5
Number of pages5
JournalInfant
Volume14
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2 Sep 2018

Keywords

  • massage; weight gain; child development; infant; low birth weight; premature; occupational therapist

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