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Yonesian S, Yadegari F, Soleimani F, Karimlou M. Effect of Beckman Oral Stimulation Program on Time to Attainment of Independent Oral Feeding in Preterm Infants in NICU. Archives of Rehabilitation. 2011; 11 :65-72
URL: http://rehabilitationj.uswr.ac.ir/article-1-717-en.html

1- M.Sc. of Speech Therapy University of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation sciences, Pediatric Neurorehabilitation Research Center, Tehran, Iran. , yonessian@yahoo.com
2- M.Sc. of Speech Therapy, Academic Member University of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation sciences, Department of Speech Therapy
3- Pediatrist, Assistant Professor University of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation sciences, Pediatric Neurorehabilitation Research Center
4- Ph.D. of Biostatistics, Associate University of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation sciences
Abstract:   (10816 Views)

Objective: To assess wether an oral stimulation program,enhances the oral feeding performance of preterm infants born between 26-32 weeks gestational age.

Materials & Methods: prterm infants (n=20) were randomized into an experimental and cntrol group received an oral stimulation program consisting of stimulation of the oral structures for 15 minutes. Infant in the control group did not receive stimulation. Both were administered once per day for 10 consecutive days.

Results: Independent oral feeding was attained significantly earlier in the experimental group than the control group, 13±4 days (mean-SD) versus 24±4 dayes,respictivly (p=0.00). Length of hospital stay significantly was shorter in the experimental group than the control group, 32±6 days versus 38±2 days, respectively (p=0.021).

Conclusion: An early oral stimulation program accelerates the transition to full oral feeding in preterm infants.This was associated with shorter time of hospital stay.

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Type of Study: Original | Subject: Speech & Language Pathology
Received: 2/01/2011 | Accepted: 19/04/2011 | Published: 6/01/2014

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