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Trends in Applied Sciences Research
  Year: 2015 | Volume: 10 | Issue: 2 | Page No.: 88-98
DOI: 10.3923/tasr.2015.88.98
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Influence of Enhanced Handling and Positioning on Motor Development in Full Term Versus Preterm Infants

M.N . Ayad, A.M. El Tohamy and H.M. Kamal

The purpose of this study was to determine the influence of enhanced handling and positioning program on motor development in full term and low risk preterm infants. One hundred and twenty four infants from both sexes participated in this study, 95 full term infants and 29 low risk preterm infants. Assigned into three groups, group (A) control, group (B) study and group (C) 2nd study group (preterm infants). Full term infants were randomly assigned according to order of admission into either group A or B. A baseline examination of motor development was performed at two months of age for all groups, an examination after four weeks of (enhanced handling and positioning program for group (B) and (C) versus social experience for group (A) and a follow up examination at six months of age using Alberta infant motor scale, in addition to kinematic analysis of emergent reaching pattern from supported sitting position using kinovea motion analysis software at six months of age. The pre- intervention results revealed no significant difference between group A and B and significant difference between group C and groups (A and B) in motor development. While significant difference was found post intervention in all measured variables in favor of the study groups. These results high light the importance of early intervention and family centered care in full term as well as preterm infants.
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M.N . Ayad, A.M. El Tohamy and H.M. Kamal, 2015. Influence of Enhanced Handling and Positioning on Motor Development in Full Term Versus Preterm Infants. Trends in Applied Sciences Research, 10: 88-98.

DOI: 10.3923/tasr.2015.88.98






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