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Huggies To Develop Diapers For Premature 2-pound Babies

Update Date: Feb 12, 2017 12:16 PM EST

Huggies have developed a diaper that specifically meets the needs of premature babies. There are less than 1.4 percent of babies that are born each year weighing less than 2 pounds (900 grams). The company had announced the new product called the "Huggies Little Snugglers Nano Preemie Diaper" earlier this month.

The specially designed diapers were created for extremely preterm babies. With the help of nurses working in Neonatal Intensive Care Units and neonatal therapists, they were able to create this specialized diaper design that promoted growth while protecting premature babies' fragile skin.

The Huffington Post reported in 2015, about 1 out of 10 babies born in the US were born preterm according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Preterm birth rates decreased from 2007 to 2014, but the rate increased slightly from 2014 to 2015.

Preterm birth is when a baby is born before 37 full weeks of pregnancy. According to the World Health Organization he United States ranked sixth on the list of countries with the greatest number of preterm births.

A recent study conducted by the Canadian Association of Pediatric Health Centers, have found that the brand's skin-to-skin contact with the pre-term babies helps promote normal heart rates, improved sleep and healthy weight gain.

According to KCEN TV, the tiny diapers are part of the Huggies campaign called No Baby Unhugged. The campaign helps fund grants for volunteer hugging programs in US hospitals.

"The diaper features gentle, specially-sized fasteners and a narrow, absorbent pad to provide a flexible fit so that baby can be comfortably positioned in a fetal tuck, with arms and legs close to the body," a statement the company released during the Huggies announcement. "The soft, smooth liner and gentle leg gathers offer leakage protection without irritating fragile, underdeveloped skin."

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