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Kangaroo Mother Care identifies change in the profile of newborns

Program, maternity, Sergipe, reduces the persistence of premature babies in the Intensive Care Unit

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The profile of the infants born at the Maternity of Our Lady of Lourdes, Sergipe, has been changing over the past two years. The statement is the coordinator of the Kangaroo Mother Care, the neonatologist Alex Santana, who on Wednesday (6), presented to the unit staff to service the statistical results for the year 2009.

"In 2006 we had over here and premature newborns with low birth weight. These are babies affected by inflammatory processes and bronchopulmonary dysplasia, but nevertheless managed to reduce their length of stay in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit [ NICU], "said the doctor.

For him, this reduction means a victory since 2005 since that time stood at 11 days. "Today we keep the baby Kangaroo in the ward for an average of ten days and to achieve this, we have come a long way. Furthermore, we are above the average of 15 grams / day in weight gain recommended by the Ministry of Health" emphasized Alex Santana.

This new profile baby interferes with the results of exclusive breastfeeding. "They're babies 700 grams, fragile and sensitive, they often have food allergies and do not suck mother's breast. Hence arise the difficulties, how to stimulate the mother to provide milk and lactation. Many of them can not remain in hospital, return home and the bond between her and the baby somehow comes to an end, "said neonatologist.

The peasant of Pacatuba, Maria de Lourdes Santos, faced some difficulties with the premature birth of her second child. He was born six months premature and was hospitalized 43 days in the NICU. "John Peter was intubated, but still took my milk through the tube. After a few days old, he was allergic to my milk and started using the artificial," he said.

A large part of the 311 children who visited the Kangaroo in 2009 had food allergies, which impacted on the falling rate of exclusive breastfeeding (70.4%). The causes may have been infections of prematurity. "Yet we are within the standards required for breastfeeding, which is an index of 60% in high-risk maternity hospitals," notes Alex Santana.

The goal for 2010 is to improve the rate of exclusive breastfeeding, train the professionals of the maternity and review the work processes. We will also review the questions of the management of food allergy to increase the rate of exclusive breastfeeding. "Are we sending children home with less weight, having a good daily weight gain in a shorter time. This we can only because of trans-disciplinary team, which must work in an integrated manner," concluded the physician.

   Palavras-chave:   Our Lady of Lourdes    Sergipe    Kangaroo Mother Care    NICU    Alex Santana    Baby    Premature   
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