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IU Health North Hospital Kicks Off Kangaroo Challenge

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—Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health North Hospital is hosting a Kangaroo Challenge to promote the benefits of skin-to-skin contact (kangaroo care) between babies and parents.

The "Kangaroo-a-thon" will take place May 1 - 15 in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health North Hospital. 

Throughout the competition, participating families are challenged to practice kangaroo care for as many continuous hours as possible.During last year's event, IU Health North Hospital averaged 2.56 hours per baby per day. This year, participating families will be challenged to hold their new baby at least 3.5 continuous hours per day. More than 40 hospitals around the world participated in last year's Kangaroo-a-thon. 

"We highly encourage skin-to-skin holding because of the positive benefits for mom, dad and baby," said Lynn Jenkins, RN, a nurse in the NICU at IU Health North Hospital and co-chair of Kangaroo-a-thon. "This challenge is an opportunity to help us raise awareness of these benefits." 

The benefits of skin-to-skin contact include:

  • regulating the baby's breathing and heart rate,
  • keeping babies warm,
  • decreasing stress,
  • improving brain development and
  • protecting babies from infection. 

Stay up to date about Kangaroo-a-thon by following IU Health North Hospital on Facebook and Twitter. For more information about Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health North Hospital, please visit iuhealth.org/north/riley-at-iu-health-north-hospital.

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