Outlook in Infants With Univentricle Anatomy Using Oral Motor Stimulation

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Excerpt: The conclusion statements by Coker-Bolt, P., Jarrad, C., Woodard, F., & Merrill, P. (2012). The effects of oral motor stimulation on feeding behaviors of infants born with univentricle anatomy. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 28(1), 64–71. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pedn.2012.03.024 were interesting, but the support for the conclusions was absent because of a number of shortcomings. The first shortcoming is that the effect of oral motor stimulation on gastric tube use, ENT abnormalities, or barium swallowing test was weak or absent. The second shortcoming was the shorter hospital stays of the infants in the study could be explained by other factors. These weaknesses would prevent the immediate adoption of those conclusions in health care as of now.