Premature babies in the Scandinavian region of Europe are more likely to receive skin-to-skin contact as an alternative to exclusive incubation. Human contact is widely believed to help fragile youngsters recover more rapidly than total isolation in a machine.
This adorable picture shows a topless young boy helping his father deliver skin-to-skin to his premature twin siblings. Copenhagen’s Hvidovre Hospital took the viral photo in 2016. The NINO Birth Organization, based in South Africa, shared it on Facebook.
“Skin-to-skin contact is not a ‘new’ concept, but Sweden clearly leads the way in making this care accessible to families, especially for the tiniest babies,” the description read. “I love this photo of the big brother helping his father to care for the twins!””””
Skin-to-skin contact is highly encouraged in Sweden, where babies as small as 700 grams can be nursed by their parents. When the mother cannot do it, other people, preferably family members, can keep the child warm. This little boy gently cradles his sleeping sibling, promoting his health and forging a bond that will undoubtedly last a lifetime.
During this time, renowned Swedish professor Uwe Ewald, a prominent supporter of skin-to-skin contact, was at the Hvidovre hospital. Dr. Ewald’s groundbreaking method involves taking premature newborns out of the incubator on a regular basis to obtain skin-to-skin contact, even when they are very small.
During SSC, the caregiver remains topless to provide maximum contact with the baby while cleaning, drying, and wrapping the baby in a nappy. After about an hour, the baby is fed and returned to the incubator. Ewald claims that SSC provides a higher level of warmth than an incubator. By introducing protective bacteria into their bodies, it also helps prevent major illnesses in children.
According to Uwe Ewald, a parent’s chest can control the temperature better than an incubator. Research shows that a parent’s bacterial flora lessens the risk of serious infections in vulnerable children. Skin to skin touch helps the infant breathe better.” “The infant becomes more relaxed and gains weight more quickly.”
NINO’s tweet was met with hundreds of supportive responses, with many people recollecting moments when they donated skin-to-skin to babies in need. Several individuals were skeptical about the survival of preterm newborns who were occasionally removed from the incubator, while others insisted the infants would do fine and grow up to be perfectly healthy.
Shelly F. said, “This is incredible.” My baby was prem and weighed 4 pounds 7 ounces when he was born. During his 26-day stay in a foster home, I was only permitted to hold him twice, and I wasn’t allowed to hold him most of the time.
I was not allowed to remain with him. It’s the most stressful moment of my life, but the baby is doing well. A pity that Australia isn’t on board…
Malin N. shared, “My little, heartbroken baby spent most of her time on my husband’s chest 15 years ago in Sweden,” she said.
As we waited to see if she would live, we treasured every minute of her being brought out of the incubator. She is now a gorgeous and healthy girl.”
“My elder children had to take turns holding the new baby inside their t-shirts since he was so temperamental,” Marie F. said. This calmed him down. I feel proud of the fact that I’ve been doing things right for years, even as more ‘new’ trends emerge… Trust your gut… This is a beautiful photograph.
Skin-to-skin contact is wonderful and medically permitted, but parents should not insist on it for premature babies unless they have the doctor’s permission. Some babies may be too frail to be taken out of the incubator. Additionally, this is a tradition that should be promoted in more countries around the world.