Background of the Study: Low birth weight (LBW2500g regardless of gestational age) is a significant predictor of neonatal mortality within 28 days of birth. It is estimated that out of 139 million live births each year, more than 20 million infants are born with low birth weight.
Aim: This study was conducted to determine the efficacy of Kangaroo mother care for neonates with low birth weight.
Methodology: The pre-experimental design was selected for the investigation. The investigation was conducted at Chittoor's Government Hospital. The infants with low birth weight were selected using a convenient sampling method, and the efficacy of kangaroo mother care was evaluated using an observational checklist. Using descriptive and inferential statistics, the collated data was analyzed and interpreted.
Results: The data collected was analyzed and interpreted. This study revealed that 5(16%-67%) infants have weight 1-2kg. 24 (80%) infants have weight >2-2.5kg, 1(3.33%) infant has weight >2.5-3 kg and 2(26.67%) infants have body temperature 36.5◦C-37.5 ◦C and 22(73.33%) infants have body temperature <36.5 ◦C.
Conclusion: The results of the current study indicate that kangaroo care is effective in boosting the birth weight of infants who were born prematurely and in fostering maternal attachment in these infants.
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