Dr. Max Gomez: Kangaroo Care

IMAGINE IF DOCTORS COULD REDUCE THE — RATE OF LOW BIRTH WEIGHT — THE DEATH RATE OF LOW BIRTH WEIGHT BABIES WITH NO NEGATIVE SIDE EFFECTS AND FREE.

DR.

MAX GOMEZ SAYS IT'S CALLED KANGAROO CARE.

Reporter: MEET THESE TWO TWINS, TINY SEVEN-DAY OLD TWINS BORN SIX WEEKS EARLY.

CLEARLY, AS CALM AND PEACEFUL AS BABIES CAN GET.

MOSTLY BECAUSE THEY ARE SHARING SKIN-TO-SKIN CONTACT WITH MOM.

IT'S AN AGE-OLD PRACTICE CALLED KANGAROO CARE.

AND I HAVE TO TELL YOU, IT'S THE MOST AMAZING FEELING.

AND THE BABIES ARE SO CALM AS SOON AS YOU DO IT.

Reporter: TURNS OUT THAT ENJOYABLE CALMING EFFECT SHARON BUTLER SEES IN HER BABIES IS ALSO SCIENTIFIC.

SO THE CHIEF OF NEO-AND A TOLLING AT COHEN'S CHILDREN'S — — NEO-NATOLOGY AT COHEN'S CHILDREN'S IS ALL FOR IT.

THEY ANALYZED 124 STUDIES AND FOUND IN LOW BIRTH WEIGHT BABIES IT HELPED REGULATE BREATHING, BODY TEMPERATURE AND HEART RATE AND LOWERED THE RISK OF PREEMIES DYING IN THE FIRST MONTH OF LIFE REDUCED INFECTIONS AND SPURRED GROWTH.

ANOTHER STUDY FOUND IT IMPROVES THE HEALTH OF THE NEW MOTHER LOWERING HER STRESS LEVEL AND IMPROVING HER MOOD.

AND IT'S NOT JUST FOR MOTHERS.

WHAT'S MORE MANLY THAN BEING A FATHER? VERY CALMING, RIGHT? YOU LOOK AT THE MONITOR, THE HEART RATE WENT DOWN.

AND YOU CAN JUST FEEL THE BOND BETWEEN THE TWO OF US.

Reporter: THE DOCTOR SAYS PRETTY MUCH ALL BABIES EVEN THOSE HOOKED UP TO MONITORS AND OXYGEN CAN BE HELD SKIN TO SKIN AND WILL BENEFIT FROM IT.

WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OUT THEY GET VERY UPSET.

SO IT'S OBVIOUSLY ENJOYABLE.

Reporter: THE MOTHER CHILD BONDING THAT TAKES PLACE WITH KANGAROO CARE ALSO IMPROVES BREAST-FEEDING AND EVEN THE BABY'S IMMUNITY ALL WITH NO COST OR DOWNSIDE.

THERE AREN'T MANY THINGS IN MEDICINE YOU CAN SAY THAT ABOUT.

DR.

MAX GOMEZ, CBS 2 NEWS.

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