Good fit pacifiers help premies drink

dr. Luh Karunia Wahyuni, Sp.KFR(K)
dr. Luh Karunia Wahyuni, Sp.KFR(K). (Source: RSCM)

120 of Premature Babies 

Her cross-sectional study of the various factors that affect the inability of 120 “ready to drink” premature babies to actually drink at a pregnancy age of 28– 34 weeks has distilled the following factors: physiological postural flex tone of the body, physiological stability (cardiorespiration), the rooting (nipple-seeking) reflex, self-regulation ability, morbidity (accompanying illnesses) and behavioral state (level of consciousness). She then performed clinical tests to compare new and conventional treatment methods on 70 “unready to drink” premature babies, from a previous cross-sectional study concerning the interval of days until drinking ability is achieved. 

“The new method includes physiological flex therapeutic positioning through bundling of the baby, and oral motoric intervention in the form of oral stimulation, three finger jaw control synergistic movement, and non-nutritive sucking using special pacifiers. Conventional methods include traditional bundling of the baby’s body, oral stimulation, and non-nutritive sucking, using the common pacifiers of the treatment room. The study was performed on five different hospitals in Jakarta during August–November 2021,” she said. 

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The new-type pacifiers used for stimulation fit precisely, and are designed to provide peristaltic motion, which allows the baby who uses it to drink up to 120 ml per kg of body weight per day. In conclusion, the factors that significantly affect drinking ability in ‘ready to drink’ premature babies are: self regulation, postural tone, behavioral state and morbidity. In clinical testing, the new treatment methods help babies to develop their drinking ability more promptly than conventional methods. (est)