Physical contact is a basic emotional need for people to feel accompanied and understood, that is why we constantly look for a caress, a hug, a pat on the back, but for newborns, it is especially important.
José Alberto Oliva, a Cuban doctor residing in Ouargla, Algeria, in Africa, applied the “skin-to-skin” technique to help a baby survive after his mother died from Covid-19.
The method everyone should know
The “skin-to-skin” or “kangaroo mother” method consists of holding the baby in direct contact with the skin of the mother, father, or, in this case, medical personnel; and helps the little one to maintain body heat, stabilize their breathing and heartbeat, sleep longer, and gain weight.
According to the Pan American Health Organization, although babies of all ages can benefit from this practice, it is crucial for premature babies who are in intensive care.
A dose of hugs saved his life
The 28-week-old boy not only lost his mother, he was also diagnosed with coronavirus, and although normally newborns in this situation are placed in incubators, Dr. José Alberto decided to treat him differently to increase his chances of survival.
In addition to giving him the relevant treatment, she snuggled him to her chest day after day until he gained weight, and his condition improved. Even after a while, he tested negative for Covid-19.
The heroes wear a gown, not a cape
Finally, the staff who cared for him in the neonatal wing could breathe a sigh of relief, knowing that the baby would make a full recovery thanks to a hero without a cape, but with a great desire to serve the most defenseless.