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The effects of swaddling versus standard positioning on neuromuscular development in very low birth weight infants.

Authors
  • Short, M A
  • Brooks-Brunn, J A
  • Reeves, D S
  • Yeager, J
  • Thorpe, J A
Type
Published Article
Journal
Neonatal network : NN
Publication Date
Jun 01, 1996
Volume
15
Issue
4
Pages
25–31
Identifiers
PMID: 8716525
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

A randomized control design was used to compare the effect of swaddling to standard positioning on neuromuscular development in very low birth weight (VLBW) infants (< 1,250 gm). The outcome of neuromuscular development was measured at 34 weeks postconceptional age using the Morgan Neonatal Neurobehavioral Exam (MNNE). The sample included 50 infants who met criteria for birth weight, age and who were classified as appropriate for gestational age. Exclusion criteria were also used. The infants were randomly assigned to the experimental group or the comparison group. Data analysis included descriptive and inferential statistical techniques. The results demonstrated that swaddled infants had higher total scores on the MNNE as compared to infants with standard positioning. Swaddling appears to be a positioning technique that can enhance neuromuscular development of the very low birth weight infant.

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