March 3, 2005
Using sunflower oil on the underdeveloped skin of premature babies helps ward off infection according to a study in the Lancet. These findings are especially important for developing counties because sunflower oil is cheap and readily available.
Mortality is particularly high in poorer countries because the babies often require specialist medical treatment which can be expensive, and infection is a major problem.
When the treatments were started within 24 hours of the baby being born they reduced the risk of infection by up to 60%.
"Application of sunflower seed oil, or indeed anything, will be ineffective if hand hygiene is not good."
Posted by linda at March 3, 2005 11:44 AM
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