Definition of kangaroo care in English:

kangaroo care


  • [mass noun] A method of caring for a premature baby in which the infant is held in skin-to-skin contact with a parent, typically the mother, for as long as possible each day.

    • ‘The study will be the first to measure the potential effect of kangaroo care on neonatal and infant mortality.’
    • ‘The content ranges from detailed medical discussions of the conditions a premature infant suffers, to more spiritual musings on what it's like to give skin-to-skin ‘kangaroo care’ to a child born 15 weeks premature.’
    • ‘Baby may go home at 1800g if he is gaining weight in kangaroo care and is mostly breastfed.’
    • ‘Remember that in some instances, kangaroo care has meant the difference between life and death.’
    • ‘In a study at a hospital in Bogotá, Colombia, 764 babies who weighed about 3 to 5 pounds were assigned randomly to kangaroo care or to incubators.’
    • ‘He also described how kangaroo care fits this original paradigm and the role that health care technology should play in the care of premature infants.’
    • ‘Nurses observed that four hours after delivery, the infants who received kangaroo care slept more, fussed and cried less, and made fewer startled motions compared with infants who were taken directly to the nursery.’
    • ‘This is known in the industry as ‘kangaroo care.’’
    • ‘The purpose of this study was to determine the feasibility and acceptability of kangaroo care in a tertiary care hospital in India.’
    • ‘The review also showed that babies who had kangaroo care immediately after birth ‘interacted more with their mothers, stayed warmer and cried less,’ said Moore.’