Research Article
Volume 9 Issue 8 - 2020
Kangaroo Care in Pre-Term Newborns: The Perception of Neonatal Pain, its Assessment and Necessary Approaches
Zeni Carvalho Lamy1*, Mariana Azevedo Sousa1, Fernando Lamy-Filho1, Stephanie Matos Silva1, Ana Claudia Garcia Marques1, Marina Uchoa Lopes Pereira1, Denise Streit Morsch2 and Fernando Lamy-Filho1*
1Federal University of Maranhão, São Luís, MA, Brazil
2Humanized Care for the Newborn - Kangaroo Method, MS, Brazil
*Corresponding Author: Zeni Carvalho Lamy, Federal University of Maranhão, São Luís, MA, Brazil.
Received: June 18, 2020; Published: July 06, 2020


During hospitalization in the neonatal unit (NU), the newborn (NB) is continually exposed to procedures that can be considered painful and uncomfortable. The perception, assessment and management of neonatal pain are important actions for protection and prevention that must be offered to newborns who need neonatal intensive care. In a study conducted with health professionals from a NU in northeastern Brazil, through interviews with health professionals who perform procedures, it was possible to detect that the team recognizes neonatal pain, knows that the NB is able to express responses to it but confirms that they do not use all the management necessary for pain relief. International literature reports the same challenges in other services. Professionals recognized kangaroo care as an important pain protection strategy that guarantees humanized care. It was evident the need to improve the training of the healthcare teams to use continuous learning as to reinforce their theoretical principles, always remembering that skin-to-skin contact is a priority indication in this protection.

Keywords: Kangaroo Care; Preterm; Pain; Pain Assessment Scales


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Citation: Lamy ZC., et al. “Kangaroo Care in Pre-Term Newborns: The Perception of Neonatal Pain, its Assessment and Necessary Approaches”. EC Paediatrics 9.8 (2020): 12-21.

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