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Asian Journal of Nursing Education and Research
Year : 2015, Volume : 5, Issue : 4
First page : ( 495) Last page : ( 498)
Print ISSN : 2231-1149. Online ISSN : 2349-2996.
Article DOI : 10.5958/2349-2996.2015.00101.9

Polyethylene Cap on Hypothermia among Low birth weight Babies

Mrs. Karthika P.1, Mr. kandula Moses2

1M. Sc (Nursing), Lecturer, Metas Adventist college of Nursing, Athwalines, Surat, Gujarat-395001

2M. Sc (Nursing), Nurse Educator, Metas Adventist Hospital, Surat, Gujarat-395001

*Corresponding Author Email: nethrareddy28@gmail.com

Online published on 8 December, 2015.



“Children's health is tomorrow's wealth” is one of the World Health Organization (WHO)'s slogans of recent years. Birth weight is generally used as a yardstick of maturity and is an important determinant of child survival and development. Its rates 17 million infants born are with low birth weight. Neonatal hypothermia after birth is a worldwide issue across all climates. Apart from all the alternative measures, polyethylene cap was highly effectiveness to prevent hypothermia among low birth weight babies.


The present study aimed to assess the effectiveness of polyethylene cap on hypothermia among low birth weight babies.


Quasi-experimental design, where Pre and Posttest with control Group design was used.


30 low birth weight babies were included in the study. Methods: Convenient sampling technique was used in the study. Experimental group polyethylene cap was applied for an hour to low birth weight babies.


The data was obtained by using a demographic proforma and hypothermia scale for low birth weight babies, 100% of babies were in need of urgent attention, and 100% were in non urgent and vital parameters are stable in experimental group. The calculated unpaired’ test value showed that there is significant effectiveness of polyethylene cap (t=35.2, tv=2.042) on hypothermia among low birth weight babies. After intervention Results showed in control group


Polyethylene cap is an effective intervention to reduce the level of hypothermia among low birth weight babies.



Low birth weight babies, hypothermia, polyethylene cap.


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