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Korean J Pediatr 2008 December;51(12) :1315-1319.
The effect of rooming-in care on the emotional stability of newborn infants
So Yoon Ahn (Ahn SY), Sun Young Ko (Ko SY), Kyung Ah Kim (Kim KA), Yeon Kyung Lee (Lee YK), Son Moon Shin (Shin SM)
Department of Pediatrics, Cheil General Hospital and Womens Healthcare Center, Kwandong University College of Medicine, Seoul, Kore
Corresponding Author: Son Moon Shin ,Email:
Copyright © 2008 by The Korean Pediatric Society
Purpose : We aimed to examine the effect of rooming-in care on newborn infants emotional stability by comparing them with those cared for in a nursery. Methods : Forty-eight full-term newborn infants born at Cheil General Hospital between July 1 and October 31, 2007, were enrolled. Twenty-four newborn infants were roomed-in in their mothers rooms (rooming-in group), and 24 newborns were cared for in the hospital nursery (the nursery group) for the first 3 days of their lives. Those with perinatal problems that required medical treatment were excluded. By using Brazeltons neonatal behavior assessment scale, we measured irritability and self-quieting as well as the duration of crying after heel-stick puncture for the newborn metabolic screening test. Results : The rooming-in group had a higher irritability score than the nursery group (6.81.7 vs. 4.22.1, P<0.001), thereby suggesting stable behavior against external irritation; the former also had a higher self-quieting activity score (5.90.3 vs. 4.51.8, P=0.001), thereby suggesting that stability was reached quickly from the irritated state. Time taken to stop crying after the heel-stick puncture was significantly shorter in the rooming-in group than in the nursery group (1715.1 seconds vs. 115.398.5 seconds, P<0.001). Conclusion : These results show that newborn infants in the rooming-in group exhibit more stable behavior against external irritation and can be stabilized from an irritated state more quickly than infants cared for in the nursery, even after a few days of rooming-in care.
Keywords: Rooming-in care | Affect | Newborn
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