Welcome to the Kangaroo Care Awareness Day (May 15th) Official Site

Kangaroo Mother Care during COVID-19 Pandemic

Thank you for the work that you are doing for babies and families.

As communities around the world respond to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, we want to be sure to keep information about Kangaroo Care and COVID-19 available to parents and healthcare professionals. 

Accurate and timely information is essential. We keep receiving numerous questions regarding kangaroo care so we want to answer but we need your help. Here are some examples:

We received this message from a therapist from the UK:
"Our nurses are worried about skin to skin and COVID-19 is there any response from anywhere saying it’s fine? In the nurses' hearts they know it is, but would be good to have something official"
And this message from a nurse from Dubai: 
"Hi just want to ask this time with Coronavirus can we still continue KMC? Because we don't know if mother exposed to Coronavirus outside"
And this from a mom in the USA:
 "I want to hold my baby but the nurse is not letting me get him out of the incubator. What can I do? Who says that kangaroo care has to stop altogether? I am going crazy and I want the best for my baby."


ISSUE 1: Message to clinicians:

Could anyone please help us by: 

    • Sharing with us any "official statement" recommendations, and/or resources from INK, WHO, Kangaroo Foundation, The USIKC, NIDCAP, UNICEF, AAP, NANN, or any organization that supports KMC, or from any of you that are experts on KMC regarding kangaroo care during COVID-19? 
    • Is there a different message for clinicians for NICU, Birth Kangaroo Care, and home kangaroo care? 
    • Are there any recommendations for specific screening, change clothes, clean the skin of the parent, wear a mask, etc., prior to KMC?
    • What about visitation policies regarding KMC? This is an example of a visitation policy but only mentions breastfeeding moms. What about for KMC or babies that not yet breastfeed?
    • The WHO has a statement about breastfeeding.  Anyone please share with us their statement about kangaroo care, if there is one?
  • Image may contain: possible text that says 'Organization World Health Organization... @WHO Any interruption of #breastfeeding may actually increase the infant's risk of becoming ill and even of becoming severely sick bit.ly/2Wv68oY #COVID19 #coronavirus World Health Organizati... 19h If someone who is #breastfeeding becomes ill with #COVID19, itis important to continue breastfeeding. The baby who has already been exposed to the #coronavirus by the mother and/or family will benefit most from continued direct breastfeeding bit.ly/2Wv680Y'

ISSUE 2: Message to parents:

Please provide your suggestions for revisions, addition, deletions to this statement that we (parents organizing the Kangaroo Care Day) want to share with parents:

"Babies need their parents especially at this stressful time, and the wellbeing of the babies and those caring for them is everyone's utmost priority. Parents that are allowed to enter the NICU after being properly screened for exposure and symptoms of COVID-19, are encouraged to KMC, after all, it reduces mortality and morbidities and is the safest, most relaxing and healing place for the baby and parent. (and we will also include any recommendations from above)"

Please help by commenting/discussing below or send an email to info@kangaroo.care 

Time is of the essence. Thank you for your time and expertise.


Kangaroo Care Day Team


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  • Contribution du Pr Djamil LEBANE
    Pédiatre Néonatalogiste Alger
    La méthode kangourou comporte deux composantes essentielles :
    - Le contact peau à peau
    - L’allaitement maternel
    Concernant l’allaitement
    Nous savons qu’actuellement, on ne dispose pas de preuve que le coronavirus passe dans le lait maternel des femmes atteintes du Covid-19 et allaitantes.
    L’OMS, l’UNICEF, le gouvernement du Canada et les CDC aux États-Unis insistent sur l’importance de continuer l’allaitement, même en cas d’infection par le SARS-CoV-2, le virus responsable de la COVID-19.
    Le risque de transmettre le virus par le lait est faible puisqu’il s’agit d’un virus respiratoire.
    Le lait maternel protège les bébés contre plusieurs infections. Cependant, il y a peu d’informations disponibles dans le cas de la COVID-19.
    Les mères ne produisent donc pas d’anticorps, pouvant, être transmis par le lait (virus nouveau), mais ce dernier contient suffisamment de cellules immunocompétentes, d’oligosaccharides et d’IgAs…
    Le rôle des IgAs est bien connu : protection de l’appareil digestif et respiratoire.
    L’allaitement est un véritable médicament !
    En cas de symptômes, il est conseillé aux femmes qui allaitent de bien suivre les règles d’hygiène recommandées, en portant un masque y compris lorsqu’elles donnent le sein, en se lavant les mains avant et après contact avec leur bébé et en désinfectant les surfaces contaminées. Ce sont les recommandations actuelles (appelées à évoluer).

    Concernant le peau à peau
    Il s’agit d’un contact très rapproché entre la mère et son bébé très vulnérable (prématuré). D’après des études récentes, le coronavirus ne circule pas dans le sang de la mère, il n’y a donc pas de risque pour qu’il y ait une transmission à travers le placenta, ni au moment de l’accouchement.
    Michael Kramer, est à peu près certain que la contamination mère nouveau- né est beaucoup plus importante par les voies respiratoires que par le contact peau à peau. »
    Le rôle néfaste du stress sur l’immunité est bien établi. Nous savons qu’en peau à peau, le nouveau-né est en totale sécurité et représente un anti stress majeur.
    La méthode KMC doit être soutenue !
    Bonne santé à tous

    Djamil LEBANE
  • KMC regards to C19 pandemic as per recommendation of WHO and expert let’s look at to the benefits of KMC and indeed we need to continue KMC to boost the immunity of our babies not just C19 pandemic however our babies need it, is a must same thing with breastfeeding. We are looking forward to send and share more information that Breastfeeding and KMC to continue and disseminate globally for awareness of every one as if there’s a lot of confusion what to and to believe and we understand how we wanted to save our babies lives.

    Buenafe Cala
  • If a parent of a baby in the NICU has a fever or upper respiratory symptoms, they should not even be in the hospital. If they have no symptoms of illness, skin-to-skin holding is just as important as it ever was.

    Raylene Phillips, MD, IBCLC
  • Email from Sue Ludington Hoe:

    Yes, I have not published anything on the website yet, but we know that breastfeeding occurs during skin to skin and covid virus does not go into breast milk and continuing to breast feed may save lives by building immunity functions. Kangaroo Care (skin to skin) has similarly been shown with doubt to support and foster better immune functions by eliminating separation=based stress and by the release of oxytocin alone which goes to immune centers to promote healthy immune functions. The references are in the Learner’s Module for Immunity and on the KC bib which I am attaching (it is a word document and use control and F to get to the navigation function of Word and then type in immune kand all articles about immune function and immunity will start coming up for you. Hope this helps. Susie Ludington.

    Chue Stalheim

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