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Volume 14/Issue 5, September 2018

Maternally-administered massage and weight gain in preterm and low birthweight infants: a systematic review

Orla Urquhart, Callum Urquhart, Jacqueline Gracey


Early tactile experiences have long-term effects on preterm infants’ sensory performance. Weight gain is key to infant development; while research confirms that massage impacts positively on weight gain in this population, most of the literature focuses on massage administered by health professionals/researchers. This review aims to examine whether massage provided by an infant’s mother impacts on weight gain in preterm and/or low birthweight infants.

Urquhart O., Urquhart C., Gracey J. Maternally-administered massage and weight gain in preterm and low birthweight infants: a systematic review. Infant 2018;14(5): 193-97.
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