Save babies by treating them like kangaroos

As many as 450,000 lives could be saved each year by taking a cue from marsupials. If parents of premature babies in poor countries were to continuously carry infants against the skin in a similar way to “kangaroo pouches” and increase breastfeeding and regular medical monitoring, we might save more of the 15 million babies born too soon each year. That is the message from the most comprehensive global survey of premature births yet.

Most premature births are in poor countries – two-thirds in south Asia and sub-Saharan Africa alone. Yet only 10 per cent of premature newborns survive there, compared with 90 per cent in rich nations. Research has shown that the Kangaroo Mother Care technique could save almost half of the 1.1 million babies that die after premature birth each year. It’s about keeping the babies warm, breastfeeding, and treating any new infections with antibiotics. Learn more here.

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