ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - Doctors say skin to skin contact is very important to the development of babies because of that, NICU patients at Mercyhealth's Rockton Avenue campus are starting Kangaroo-A-Thon.
For the next two weeks, parents are keeping track of the hours they hold their baby. Families are encouraged to hold their young ones for extended periods of time each day until the project ends on Kangaroo Awareness Day, May 15.
"Kangarooing is something that's done primarily in NICUs with premature babies. The skin-to-skin contact with mom and dad is what really helps babies thrives. One of the important things that only moms and dads can do for these babies," said NICU Family Advisory Council member Jennifer Guymon.
Guymon says kangarooing is not only a bonding experience but it also helps to regulate the body temperature and brain cell development.