Impact of Early Oral Stimulation on Reducing Cardiorespiratory Events and Transition to Oral Feeding in Preterm Infants

2010-07-15 17:00:00 | BioPortfolio


To assess whether an oral stimulation program, before the introduction of oral feeding, enhances the cardiorespiratory manifestations (episodes of oxygen désaturations, and/or apnea- bradycardia), and the oral feeding performance, in preterm infants born between 26 to 29 weeks of gestation age.


Preterm infant were randomized into an experimental or an control group. Infants in the experimental group receive an oral stimulation program consisting of stimulation of the oral structures during 10 consecutive days. Infant in the control group receive no stimulation only non nutritive sucking during feeding. Both were administered twice per day, during 20 minutes, 48 hours after discontinuation of nasal continuous positive air pressure. A long term evaluation of oral feeding difficulties and neuromotor development are organized.

Study Design

Allocation: Randomized, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Prevention


Preterm Infants


no stimulation of the oral structure, stimulation of the oral structure


Assistance Publique Hopitaux de Marseille




Assistance Publique Hopitaux De Marseille

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2010-07-15T17:00:00-0400

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