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ERIC Number: ED115395
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Apr
Pages: 15
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Vestibular Stimulation and Development of the Small Premature Infant.
Neal, Mary V.
This study was designed to explore the effects of vestibular stimulation on the developmental behavior, respiratory functioning, weight and length gains, and morbidity and mortality rates of premature infants. A total of 20 infants participated in this study in 4 groups of 5 infants each. Group A infants were placed in a motorized hammock within their incubators and were rocked gently for 30 minutes, three times a day. Group B infants were placed in the same type of hammock but were free to remain still or initiate motion themselves by any slight bodily movement. Group C infants were placed in a stationary hammock to control for variables such as extra handling and the fetal position assumed when in the hammock. Group D was the control group in which the infants received traditional nursing care. The findings indicated that the infants in Group A had higher pH levels and greater linear growth than the infants in any of the other groups and that the Group B infants showed the greatest weight gain. These data are interpreted as suggesting that the development of integrating biological behaviors of the small premature infant may be influenced by a specific motion pattern. (JMB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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