How does kangaroo care (skin-to-skin contact) affect attachment formation between preterm infants and their caregivers?
Clinical Bottom Line
NICUs are directed to support the social and emotional needs of parents and their high-risk, preterm infants. KC appears to be a successful intervention for addressing these needs and promoting attachment formation. It is an intervention that is easy to administer, cost-effective, and appears to have no negative side effects when implemented with medically stable infants. KC intervention is relevant to OT practice in that it specifically addresses an infant’s primary occupation, bonding.
Johnson, Cindi, "Impact of kangaroo care (skin-to-skin contact) on attachment formation between preterm infants and their caregivers" (2010). Pediatrics CATs. 9.