Effects of gentle human touch on preterm infants: pilot study results

Neonatal Netw. 1996 Mar;15(2):35-42.


A pilot study was conducted to evaluate the effects of gentle human touch (GHT) provided for 15 minutes a day to preterm infants from day 7 to day 12 of life. The study suggested that GHT has no adverse effects on the oxygen saturation or heart rate levels of small preterm infants and that GHT has a soothing effect as evidenced by decreased levels of active sleep, motor activity, and behavioral distress. These results can provide NICU nurses with a basis for guiding parents in their early interactions with preterm infants in the NICU.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Controlled Clinical Trial

MeSH terms

  • Female
  • Heart Rate
  • Humans
  • Infant Behavior
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Infant, Premature* / physiology
  • Infant, Premature* / psychology
  • Male
  • Neonatal Nursing
  • Oxygen / blood
  • Parents
  • Pilot Projects
  • Touch*


  • Oxygen