Kangaroo Care For my Preemie Twins
Our Twins entered the NICU with a bang introducing us to a new planet with different sounds and terminologies. There were placed in two different isolettes with a light hovering over them . I do not remember seeing anything as fragile and tiny.
We would visit the NICU 3 times daily to check on their progress. These visits were to continue for 2.5 months . During these visits the nurses would encourage us to keep the twins upon us so as to get some skin to skin touch with the early borns. This was the most pleasant part of our visit since we could touch and feel the babies during the visiting hours. We would hold them for long out of love but the nicu nurses and doctors described this process as Kangaroo Care.
Kangaroo care is a method of holding a baby that involves skin-to-skin contact. The baby, with the microscopic Diaper and a receiving blanket, is placed in an upright position against a parent's bare chest. We enjoyed each and every second of the Kangaroo Care since that involved hugging and cuddling our little ones which is a rare privilege for the preemie parents.
My hubby has given the maximum Kangaroo care to the twins. He would have both the tiny creations inside his tshirt . Yes his shirt could hold the twins along with the wires...they were that small. The process helped the twins bond with their dad and the brother. The sibling touch and the sound of the dad's heartbeat definitely acted as a catalyst in the growing process.
Kangaroo care comes with umpteen benefits few of them being:
- Hear rate stabilizes
- Oxygen saturation levels improves
- Crying drops down which helps in energy conservation hence enabling weight gain and better sleep patterns
- Regulates Body temperature
Being a NICU parent I would advise all Preemie parents to indulge in Kangaroo Care as much as possible. It provides a feeling of calm and security in the midst of the storm to both the parents and the new borns. My Twins are a walking and talking example of the benefits of Kangaroo Care.
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