Rocking waterbeds and auditory stimuli to enhance growth of preterm infants. Preliminary report

Lloyd I. Kramer, Mary Ella Pierpont

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Abstract

In this study certain features of intrauterine environment were simulated. Preterm infants were placed on waterbeds, gently rocked, and exposed to auditory stimuli. The stimulated group exhibited significantly better growth for weight, head circumference, and biparietal diameter of the head than did the control infants. Healthy preterm infants placed on rocking waterbeds and exposed to auditory stimuli had growth characteristics comparable to fetuses during the thirty-second to the thirty-sixth week of gestation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)297-299
Number of pages3
JournalThe Journal of pediatrics
Volume88
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1976

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