Early Interventions Parents Of Preterm Infants

1742 Words Apr 8th, 2015 7 Pages
Introduction A preterm infant can be defined as an infant who is born before 37 weeks gestation. Babies who are born premature have a high risk for many health and developmental problems as infants and, furthermore, as they develop into adults. These health and developmental problems can include brain defects, recurrent illnesses, short attention span, sensory impairments, poor motor coordination, delays in language, and emotional and behavior problems. Since preterm infants are fragile and minuscule, parents of preterm infants tend to be more distant when caring for their child. Preterm infants are less likely to be held close, touched, or talked to by their parents compared to full-term infants (Berk, 2013). This paper focuses on different types of early interventions parents of preterm infants can partake in and also the effects these interventions have on the health and the development of the infants. According to Benzies, Magill-Evans, Hayden, and Ballantyne (2013), early intervention refers to programs focused on preventing health predicaments happening shortly after birth when preterm infants ' brains are plastic. At this time, interventions are more likely to have an increased impact on the health and development of preterm infants. Early interventions consist of, but are not limited to, skin-to-skin (kangaroo) care, touch, and massage therapy. This paper will also compare and contrast the health and development of preterm infants whose parents participate in…
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