Today, the World Health Organization announced that strict rules in place in maternity wards to stop the spread of the Coronavirus could have severe consequences for premature babies.
The organization stated that the medical benefits of physical contact between parents and their premature babies far outweigh the risk of Coronavirus. The organization said that many countries have imposed a ban on such contact in light of the pandemic, at the expense of children.
The organization recommends that there be physical contact between low-weight premature babies and their fathers, which includes placing the baby’s skin on the mother’s or father’s chest for as many hours a day as possible. Additionally, breastfeeding is recommended.
And an international survey that included nurses and doctors found that the pandemic had led to restrictions on contact with parents, with two-thirds of the 1,120 people surveyed saying they would separate the mother from her child if she tested positive or her condition was unclear.
The organization stated that the risk of death as a result of communication restrictions increased by 65%.
The World Health Organization expert, Ornella Lencito, said at a press conference that the inclusion of premature babies not only increases their chances of survival, but also “will reduce parental stress due to Covid 19.”
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