Topical Therapy for Prevention of Infections in Preterm Infants
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The purpose of this study is to determine how to best take care of the skin of preterm infants in order to prevent infections through the skin.
Condition or disease
Drug: AquaphorDrug: Sunflower Seed Oil
The skin of babies who are born too early is not mature, which means they are at risk for infections of the skin or in the body. Their skin also become very dry, leading to cracking and breakdown, and this may feel painful or uncomfortable for the infant.
Three weeks after application of the intervention, blood will be drawn from those enrolled in the control group.
Secondary Outcome Measures :
Atleast four additional times over the first four weeks of the child's life, the skin will be studied by lightly rubbing the skin with a cotton swab to detect germs on the skin and observing and recording the condition of the baby's skin.
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