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An evaluation of the benefits of non-nutritive sucking for premature infants as described in the literature

Harding, C. (2009). An evaluation of the benefits of non-nutritive sucking for premature infants as described in the literature. ARCHIVES OF DISEASE IN CHILDHOOD, 94(8), pp. 636-640. doi: 10.1136/adc.2008.144204

Abstract

Babies have specific needs that assist them in their development and enable them to thrive. Feeding is an important aspect of development. When feeding, there
are opportunities for babies to develop a positive
interactive bond with parents. This has a long-term
impact on the well-being of infants in terms of emotional
development, social learning, and health. Infants born
prematurely and those born with specific needs making
them vulnerable are likely to develop the necessary skills
to allow them to mature, interact and thrive.
Many premature infants may need alternative feeding
methods until they are ready to develop the skills
necessary for oral feeding. A beneficial approach for
infants who are showing oral readiness is the use of a
non-nutritive sucking programme. This paper explores the
research that supports non-nutritive sucking, and considers
other variables that need to be included in further
research, including those infants who have neurodisability.

Publication Type: Article
Publisher Keywords: Science & Technology, Life Sciences & Biomedicine, Pediatrics, PEDIATRICS, PRETERM INFANTS, ORAL-STIMULATION, FEEDING PERFORMANCE, NEWBORN, MATURATION, TRANSITION, PATTERNS, RISK, TUBE, CARE
Subjects: R Medicine > RJ Pediatrics
Departments: School of Health Sciences > Language & Communication Science
URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/3572
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