The use of non-nutritive sucking to promote functional sucking skills in premature infants: an exploratory trial.



Harding, C and Law, James and Pring, T (2006) The use of non-nutritive sucking to promote functional sucking skills in premature infants: an exploratory trial. Infant, 2 (6). pp. 238-243. ISSN 1745-1205

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Abstract

Non-nutritive sucking appears to promote an infant's readiness to begin oral feeding. This small pilot study examined a non-nutritive sucking programme to facilitate the transition to full oral feeding in premature infants. The results suggest that the non-nutritive sucking programme implemented by a speech and language therapist positively benefited the feeding development of neonates. Issues raised by the pilot study should be investigated in a larger scale study.

Item Type: Article
Date Deposited: 10 Mar 2009 09:58
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2012 10:18
URI: http://eresearch.qmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/418

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