Massage for promoting growth and development of preterm and/or low birth-weight infants (Review)

Vickers, A., Ohlsson, A., Lacy, J., & Horsley, A. (2004). Massage for promoting growth and development of preterm and/or low birth-weight infants (Review). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews.

This systematic review evaluates massage for preterm and low birth-weight infants. 14 studies are included in the review. In most included studies, the massage intervention was provided for 15 minutes, 3-4 times a day, for 5-10 days. Findings indicate that massage improved daily weight gain by 5.1g and reduced hospital length of stay by 4.5 days. There was also some evidence that massage had a positive effect on postnatal complications and weight at 4 - 6 months. However, many of the included studies were of low quality and further research is needed to replicate these findings.

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