Benefits Of Skin-To-Skin Contact Between Mothers And Newborns

According to research, newborns who are held with skin-to-skin contact, particularly by their mothers, cry less.

Sambhav Kumar
Written by: Sambhav KumarUpdated at: Jan 17, 2023 08:30 IST
Benefits Of Skin-To-Skin Contact Between Mothers And Newborns

During the pregnancy, babies receive warmth, food, protection, and oxygen from the body of their mother. Then labour begins, and post-delivery babies find themselves without direct access to those basic necessities. A study has found a slew of advantages for babies who receive skin-to-skin care from their mothers. Here are some advantages of skin-to-skin care:

Improves Heart And Lung Function

Babies undergo a substantial change after birth as they prepare to breathe their first breaths of air outside the uterus. Those who are held skin-to-skin by their mothers adjust faster than others.They also tend to have more typical and consistent heart and respiratory rates. Skin-to- skin contact is beneficial for  to both premature and full-term infants. After spending time in the uterus, the infant getfamiliar with the mother's heart sounds and breathing patterns.

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Body Temperature Regulation

During pregnancy, a mother regulates her baby's temperature when she sweats in hot weather and shives and moves around in cold weather. Babies do not have such skill after birth, hence they cannot regulate their own body temperature. In fact, a mother's body is superior to an artificial heater when it comes to keeping a delicate newborn warm. One study indicated that the mom's and dad's bodies were better than an electric warmer, with a mother's body having a tiny edge over a father's body.

Blood Sugar Regulation 

Babies get their energy from blood sugar. They obtain glucose from the placenta before birth and from their mother's milk after delivery. If your baby's glucose requirements (for example, energy to stay warm) exceed what he can acquire from his mother's milk or his liver, he will have low blood sugar. This can cause him to overeat, exacerbating the condition. Due to greater insulin levels in their blood, kids delivered to moms with gestational diabetes are at a higher risk of low blood sugar. As the number of moms who develop gestational diabetes during pregnancy increases, so does the number of kids who are at risk of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). Skin-to-skin care in the hours following birth can help your baby's blood sugar levels regulate.

Mother-Baby Communication

The period following a baby's birth allows parents to learn about their baby's behavior—signs of hunger, fullness, discomfort, and so on. Close skin-to-skin contact with the infant helps the mother learn her baby's signals sooner, enhancing communication and raising maternal confidence, as well as assisting babies in developing a sense of trust and security.

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Decreased Crying

According to research, newborns who are held with skin-to-skin contact, particularly by their mothers, cry less than those who are separated from their mothers. A newborn's cry is sometimes referred to as a "separation distress call", because it is a mammalian reaction that is well-suited to calling the mother back to the young. Most babies stop crying after they are reunited with their mothers during the newborn period; considering anthropologically about a baby's cry, it appears natural that a baby is less likely to weep when he feels the safety and security provided by his mother. Having the infant "room-in" with the mother in the hospital can assist ensure that she can respond to her baby's demands and provide frequent skin-to-skin contact.

 

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