Effectiveness of Flax Seed Pillow on Stress and Physical Parameters of Premature Infants


  • Tessy Thomas1 , Sujatha R2




Intensive Care Units, Neonatal, Low Birth Weight, Infant, Premature, Flax, Seeds


Introduction : As per WHO report in 2018, every year, 15 million babies are born prematurely, the leading

cause of child deaths under age five every year. Many survivors of preterm birth face a lifetime of disability,

including learning disabilities and visual and hearing problems.

Purpose of the study: To find the effectiveness of a flaxseed pillow on stress and physical parameters in

premature infants.

Methodology : An evaluative two group pretest post-test approach selected for the study. Premature infants

selected by a purposive sampling technique and applied with a flaxseed pillow. All the infants were observed

two times per day for five consecutive days from the day of recruitment. Stress and Physical parameters

obtained and analyzed to find the effectiveness of the intervention.

Results: Out of 34 Premature infants, 17 (50%) underwent flax seed pillow treatment, and remaining were

the control group. Independent sample t-test results showed that there is a significant difference (pre-post) in

the stress score between the experimental and control group. The paired t-test result revealed that there is a

difference (p< 0.05) in the stress score among the experimental groups for all five days.

Conclusion: An increasing number of premature birth is one of the most significant issues faced by the

country today. Many developmental care interventions provided to preterm babies, which are cost-effective

care and help these vulnerable in their phase of prematurity. Flaxseed pillow was effective in reducing the

stress of premature infants in the NICU.

Author Biography

Tessy Thomas1 , Sujatha R2

1 Professor & HOD, 2MSc Nursing Student, Department of Child Health Nursing, Nitte Usha Institute of Nursing

Sciences, Nitte University, Paneer, Derlakatte, Mangalore, Karnataka



How to Cite

Tessy Thomas1 , Sujatha R2. (2020). Effectiveness of Flax Seed Pillow on Stress and Physical Parameters of Premature Infants. Medico Legal Update, 20(3), 70-75. https://doi.org/10.37506/mlu.v20i3.1370