A leading expert has said that providing kangaroo care to babies can help in cutting global death as well as disability rates caused by premature births.
The expert said that there are about 15 million babies born each year at or before 37 weeks of gestation. These babies account for about 10 per cent of global burden of disease and about a million deaths. Of those babies that survive, under 3 per cent suffer from moderate to severe impairments and about 4.4 per cent of mild impairments.
About 85 per cent of babies that are born premature are six weeks or less early. These babies need to be helped to feed, temperature control and are also highly prone to infections. Experts observed that while kangaroo care is helping babies survive in South Africa, it is very important for babies that are born too soon in all the other parts of the world.
According to studies about to be published in the Pediatric Research journal, boys are 14 per cent more likely to be born prematurely born and those boys that are premature are more likely to die or have some form of disability compared with girls.
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