A Meta-Analysis of Preterm Infant Massage

Badr, L. K., Abdallah, B., & Kahale, L. (2015). A Meta-Analysis of Preterm Infant Massage. MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing, 40(6), 344–358.

This systematic review evaluates massage for preterm infants. 34 studies are included in the review. Types of massage interventions in the reviewed articles included: moderate pressure massage, tactile stimulation, and kinaesthetic stimulation. Studied outcomes included: weight gain, length of hospital stay, caloric intake/gastric motility/digestion, infant development, maternal outcomes, infant behavioural responses, pain, physiologic measures, and adverse events. Findings indicate that preterm infant massage improved daily weight gain and mental scores. However, the quality of studies on this topic is low and more research is needed to confirm the findings.

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