D. Babitha, Santhi Appavu
Mrs. D. Babitha1, Dr. (Mrs). Santhi Appavu2
1Asst. Prof, Christian College of Nursing, Neyyoor, The Tamilnadu Dr. M.G.R. Medical University, Chennai.
2Principal, Christian College of Nursing, Neyyoor. The Tamilnadu Dr. M.G.R. Medical University, Chennai.
Volume - 11,
Issue - 1,
Year - 2021
Purpose: To assess the effectiveness of oral stimulation on improving sucking reflex among pre-term infants. Design: Quantitative approach with one group pre-test post-test design was used to assess the effectiveness of oral stimulation on improving sucking reflex of pre-term infants, who were admitted in selected hospitals of Kanniyakumari district. Participants: 30 Pre-term infants with gestational age of 28 to 32 weeks were purposively assigned for the study and oral stimulation promoted was assessed. Methods: At 28 to 32 weeks, after pre-test the pre-term infants received 15 minute oral stimulation intervention twice per day for 5 consecutive days. Data were measured by pre-term infant breastfeeding behavior scale. Results: It was analyzed by comparing the difference between pre and post findings. In the pre-test, it was revealed that no pre-term infants were effective vigorous sucking, 6(20%) were moderately effective feeders and 24 (80%) were sucking rhythm not established. Whereas, in post assessment scores 16 (53%) pre-term infants were effective vigorous sucking, 14 (46%) were moderately effective feeders. Conclusion: The ‘t’values for sucking reflex (3.72) was found to be significant at p<0.05 level which indicated that oral stimulation was effective in improving sucking reflex among pre-term infants.
Cite this article:
D. Babitha, Santhi Appavu. Effectiveness of Oral Stimulation on improving Sucking Reflex among Pre-Term Infants. Asian J. Nursing Education and Research. 2021; 11(1):25-27. doi: 10.5958/2349-2996.2021.00007.0
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