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Skin

May 25, 2016

Nothing better than a massage for skin to skin contact!

 

Skin to skin

We all know what the touch of skin will do to do. But the science behind it is what we're talking about. So in essence do touch. It benefit's us.

 

A 2015 study published in the journal Pediatrics confirmed that for preterm newborns, skin-to-skin snuggling — sometimes referred to as “kangaroo care” — can lower the risk of sepsis, a blood infection, and boost babies’ odds of survival by improving vital signs. While some U.S. hospital neonatal care units do allow the practice, it’s not the standard. But given the scientific evidence, senior study author Grace Chan told CBS News at the time that it would “definitely be worthwhile to expand the practice here.”

 

It would certainly be well-received by new parents, judging by the theme of the nearly 1,000 comments on the recent post. “My daughter was born at 25 weeks. I was constantly begging to do skin to skin,” shared one woman. “Many of the nurses acted like it was a big bother to them. … It is so hard to have other people tell you that you can’t hold your own baby.” Others reported the practice had helped them. “We practiced this ‘kangaroo’ care regularly with my micro preemies. One born at 25.3 weeks and the other at 23.5 weeks they are now strong young adults at 20 & 19,” noted one.

 

Another added, “My babies (twins) were born at 24 weeks. … We did this at every opportunity. Their stats rose, breathing dependency reduced and they and I got a whole lot happier.”

 

Another skin-to-skin benefit is that it has been shown to calm parents down, according to research. “It seems to help the mothers too,” Anne Bigelow, a professor and researcher of developmental psychology, told Scientific American several years ago. “It reduces their stress level — they report lower levels of depression, they seem to be able to be more sensitive to their baby’s cues, and the babies are more responsive to the mother through the whole first three months. They’re recognizing their mother earlier, so the relationship between the mother and baby is off to a facilitated start. It works the same way with fathers too.”

 

In the U.K., many government hospitals have officially begun encouraging fathers to strip their shirts off in the delivery room and practice skin-to-skin contact with their newborns. And in 2007, a small Swedish study showed that fathers who stepped in for post-C-section moms and held their babies against their skin wound up with infants who were more easily soothed.

 

A father in the shower with his son — who ended up with a diagnosis of salmonella — Whitten had originally shared it in a photo class, and observers misinterpreted it as being sexual. She had also previously shared it on Facebook, twice, only to have it banned and then reinstated. But she had concerns about how it would be seen from the start. “I wanted to take it down just because I thought it would get blown out of proportion,” she says. “I thought the point was getting missed.” “Skin-to-skin contact helps the baby to breathe better. The child becomes calmer and gains weight faster. Research shows that parents’ bacterial flora — compared with hospital bacteria — reduces the risk of serious infections in these delicate children.”

 

It seems to be hitting the mark this time around, though, with more than 25,000 comments, many of them as supportive as this one: “Your photo does what every photographer hopes theirs will do. It tells the story. A love story told by a good dad taking care of his sick child and a mom who only wanted to share that inspiring love with those of us who ‘get it.’ Don’t let the closed minded deter you! It’s beautiful!”

 

 Photo courtesy of fishkeeping.co.uk

 

Fish Scales to Heal

Earlier this month, researchers revealed a revolutionary method for treating slow-healing wounds. Dermatologists from Sweden have found that skin grafts made from Atlantic cod scales have successfully treated chronic skin wounds, thanks to the fatty acids that are naturally present in these fish. 

 

The product, Kerecis Omega3 Wound Sheets, healed nearly 90 percent of the 68 wounds after a four-week treatment (which involved placing the dried fish skin inside the wound, then covering it with a protective layer). In one of the studies, a woman who had been scheduled for an amputation was able to save her limb after eight weeks of treatment. The findings from this research were published in the journal Wounds. 

 

Chronic wounds are a global issue, with an estimated 34.5 million people around the world treated for them annually. 

 

“It’s wonderful to have new work trying to address wound healing,” Delphine J. Lee, MD, dermatologist and director of the Dirks/Dougherty Laboratory for Cancer Research and Department of Translational Immunology at John Wayne Cancer Institute in Santa Monica, Calif., tells Yahoo Beauty. “Chronic wounds are really difficult to deal with — especially people with diabetes who have lesions on their feet or ankles — and there’s really not any good treatments at the moment.”

 

She explains that “other matrices have been taken from other animals, more of the livestock, like pigs or cows” to find more viable treatments. “But the difference that is being focused on with this fish product is that there might be some fats that may be associated with decreasing inflammation,” she says.

 

Also, when it comes to wound healing and inflammation, the immune system is vital. “Sometimes you can have a response that the immune system plays where it actually makes it harder for the wound to heal,” says Lee. “And, so, by having something that suppresses the right parts of the immune system, you might get a better response.”

 

Overall, Lee is optimistic about the discovery. “It’s nice to see there is something new to try,” she concludes. “I think we need more studies, more randomized control trials to really be sure that this is working, so it’ll be good to see more research being done to compare this to other placebo therapies.” 

 

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