Acupressure on Zusanli improves feeding intolerance in premature babies

Feeding intolerance is mainly caused by functional disturbance in premature infants, which greatly poses a threat to their growth and development, so a large number of studies on the clinical features of feeding intolerance should be conducted to provide theoretical support for treatment.

The purpose of the study was to investigate the therapeutic effect of acupoint massage on Zusanli on premature infants with feeding intolerance and their clinical symptoms. A total of 60 premature infants with feeding intolerance admitted to our hospital over the past two years were selected as the feeding intolerance group, and another 60 premature infants without feeding intolerance were selected as the control group.

The birthweight and gestational age of the premature infants in the feeding intolerance group were significantly lower than those in the control group (P < 0.001), whereas there were no significant differences in general information of the premature infants between the two groups (P > 0.05).

Vomiting, abdominal distension, and gastric retention are the main clinical symptoms of premature infants with feeding intolerance, and acupoint massage on Zusanli combined with routine treatment can effectively improve digestive function, relieve clinical symptoms, and shorten treatment time of premature infants with feeding intolerance, which is worthy of application and promotion in clinical practice.

Reference: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/34925740/

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Doctor of Chinese medicine, acupuncture expert and author of My Fertility Guide and My Pregnancy Guide.

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