Stable preterm infants gain more weight and sleep less after five days of massage therapy

John N I Dieter, Tiffany M Field, Maria Hernandez-Reif, Eugene K. Emory, Mercedes Redzepi

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Abstract

Objective: To examine the effects of 5 days of massage therapy on the weight gain and sleep/wake behavior of hospitalized stable preterm infants. Methods: Massage therapy (body stroking/passive limb movement for three 15-minute periods per day) was provided to 16 preterm neonates (mean gestational age, 30.1 weeks; mean birth weight, 1359 g), and their weight gain, formula intake, kilocalories, stooling, and sleep/wake behavior were compared with a group of 16 control infants (mean gestational age, 31.1 weeks; mean birth weight, 1421 g). Results: The massage group averaged 53% greater daily weight gain than the control group. The massage group spent less time sleeping at the end of 5 treatment days than the control group and more time in the drowsy state. Conclusions: Healthy, low-risk preterm infants gained more weight and slept less with just 5 days of massage, in contrast to 10 days in previous studies. Results support the continued use of massage as a cost-effective therapy for medically stable preterm infants.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)403-411
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Pediatric Psychology
Volume28
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2003
Externally publishedYes

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Premature Infants
Weight Gain
Sleep
Birth Weight
Control Groups
Gestational Age
Extremities
Newborn Infant
Weights and Measures
Costs and Cost Analysis
Therapeutics

Keywords

  • Behavior
  • Massage therapy
  • Preterm infants
  • Weight gain

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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Stable preterm infants gain more weight and sleep less after five days of massage therapy. / Dieter, John N I; Field, Tiffany M; Hernandez-Reif, Maria; Emory, Eugene K.; Redzepi, Mercedes.

In: Journal of Pediatric Psychology, Vol. 28, No. 6, 01.09.2003, p. 403-411.

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Dieter, John N I ; Field, Tiffany M ; Hernandez-Reif, Maria ; Emory, Eugene K. ; Redzepi, Mercedes. / Stable preterm infants gain more weight and sleep less after five days of massage therapy. In: Journal of Pediatric Psychology. 2003 ; Vol. 28, No. 6. pp. 403-411.
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