Complementary, Holistic, and Integrative Medicine: Therapies for Neurodevelopment in Preterm Infants

Department of Paediatrics, CARE Program for Integrative Health and Healing, University of Alberta, Edmonton General Hospital, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
Pediatrics in Review (Impact Factor: 0.82). 06/2012; 33(6):276-8. DOI: 10.1542/pir.33-6-276
Source: PubMed


• Limited but positive findings have been reported for massage therapy and music in preterm neurodevelopment, whereas long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids present contradictory evidence with some trial data revealing gender effects. Further studies involving well-controlled or sham trials with definite end points would be helpful. • Overall, in trained hands, these therapies seem to be safe in children.

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