Does Visceral Osteopathic Treatment Accelerate Meconium Passage in Very Low Birth Weight Infants?- A Prospective Randomized Controlled Trial

Haiden, N., Pimpel, B., Kreissl, A., Jilma, B., & Berger, A. (2015). Does Visceral Osteopathic Treatment Accelerate Meconium Passage in Very Low Birth Weight Infants?- A Prospective Randomized Controlled Trial. PLOS ONE, 10(4), e0123530–e0123530.

This randomized controlled trial evaluates whether a visceral manipulative osteopathic treatment improves outcomes for very low birthweight infants. 41 infants with a birthweight below 1500g and gestational age below 32 weeks are included in the study. Intervention group infants received an osteopathic treatment within the first 48 hours of life (see original study for extensive treatment details). Findings indicate that time to full enteral feedings, time to first stool passage, and time spent in the hospital were significantly longer for the osteopathic treatment group. Therefore, the authors do not recommend visceral osteopathic treatment for very low birthweight infants.

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