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Tactile stimulation of the newborn is a long established, possibly innate practice. As of 2005, international guidelines recommend the stimulation and support of spontaneous breathing after birth.1 Interestingly, considerable variation in tactile stimulation, particularly in preterm infants, has been observed in practice.2 To increase knowledge on the clinical application of tactile stimulation, we conducted a prospective study including preterm infants (<37 weeks gestational age) to observe timing, duration, type and location of stimulation during the first 10 min of life. The relation between tactile stimulation and the timing of the first spontaneous breath was analysed.
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