Effectiveness of Developmental Care on Physiological Functions’ Low Birth Weight Babies: A Literature Review


  • Sri Hendrawati Departemen Keperawatan Anak Fakultas Keperawatan Universitas Padjadjaran
  • Fanny Adistie Departemen Keperawatan Anak Fakultas Keperawatan Universitas Padjadjaran
  • Nenden Nur Asriyani Maryam Departemen Keperawatan Anak Fakultas Keperawatan Universitas Padjadjaran




developmental care, LBW infant, NICU, physiological function


Introduction: Infants with low birth weight (LBW) is a major risk factor for increased morbidity and mortality rate. LBW infants that getting treatment in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) will be exposed to various environments and excessive stimulus with various procedures performed that causing stress on the infant. Management strategies that can be done to reduce stress of the excessive stimulus is with developmental care. This literature review is aimed to identify the effectiveness of developmental care on physiological functions of LBW infants in the NICU. Method: Articles were collected from several databases including Medline, CINAHL, EBSCOhost, Google Scholar, PubMed, and Proquest. The keywords were developmental care, low birth weight infant, neonatal intensive care unit, and physiological function were searched for quantitative studies. The articles reviewed were only articles with full text, written in English, and published during period 2013 to 2018. The study was criticized by the author using the Critical Appraisal Tool from JBI (Joanna Briggs Institute). It found 10 articles that related specifically to developmental care on LBW infants in the NICU. Result: Implementation of developmental care for infants in the NICU effective in optimizing the physiological functions of infant, including lowering the pulse and frequency of breath that makes the infant more relaxed. Developmental care can also improve oxygen saturation, reduce pain, reduce gastro esophageal reflux, increase sleep time, and improve neuromuscular maturity. Conclusion: Developmental care facilitate the infant more relaxed. The infant needs regularity of physiological functions and achieving restful sleep to grow and thrive.

Author Biographies

Sri Hendrawati, Departemen Keperawatan Anak Fakultas Keperawatan Universitas Padjadjaran

Departemen Keperawatan AnakFakultas KeperawatanUniversitas Padjadjaran

Fanny Adistie, Departemen Keperawatan Anak Fakultas Keperawatan Universitas Padjadjaran

Departemen Keperawatan AnakFakultas KeperawatanUniversitas Padjadjaran

Nenden Nur Asriyani Maryam, Departemen Keperawatan Anak Fakultas Keperawatan Universitas Padjadjaran

Departemen Keperawatan AnakFakultas KeperawatanUniversitas Padjadjaran


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