International Kangaroo Care Day promotes skin-to-skin contact between parents and newborns

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KETTERING, Ohio (WDTN) – Kettering Health Network celebrated International Kangaroo Care Day by promoting “Kangaroo Care,” an initiative to teach and promote skin-to-skin contact between parents and their newborns.

Parents are encouraged to hold their infant to their chest for long periods of time in order to enhance parent-child bonding, increase milk volume, and even reduce neonatal mortality.

Additionally, the NICU held a Skin-to-Skin-A-Thon. Families received a kangaroo decoration on their door for every 15 minutes a family member had skin contact with their newborn.

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