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Watchful attention; custody; diligence; concern; caution; as opposed to Negligence or carelessness.

In the law of negligence, the standard of reasonable conduct determines the amount of care to be exercised in a situation. The care taken must be proportional to the apparent risk. As danger increases, commensurate caution must be observed.

Slight care is the care persons of ordinary prudence generally exercise in regard to their personal affairs of minimal importance.

Reasonable care, also known as ordinary care, is the degree of care, diligence, or precaution that may fairly, ordinarily, and properly be expected or required in consideration of the nature of the action, the subject matter, and the surrounding circumstances.

Great care is the degree of care that persons of ordinary prudence usually exercise with respect to their personal affairs of great importance.

Another type of care is that which a fiduciary—a person having a duty, created by his or her undertaking, to act primarily for another's benefit—exercises in regard to valuable possessions entrusted to him or her by another.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.


n. in law, to be attentive, prudent and vigilant. Essentially, care (and careful) means that a person does everything he/she is supposed to do (to prevent an accident). It is the opposite of negligence (and negligent), which makes the responsible person liable for damages to persons injured. If a person "exercises care," a court cannot find him/her responsible for damages from an accident in which he/she is involved. (See: careless)

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Maternal factors regulating preterm infants' responses to pain and stress while in maternal kangaroo care. Rev La tAm Enfermagem 2012; 20: 435-443, doi: 10.1590/S0104-11692012000300003.
To celebrate Kangaroo Care Awareness Day earlier this month, Vija Designs are also donating 50 per cent of profits made to Bliss on specially designed T-shirts that share the message of the importance of skin-to-skin contact.
Skin-to-skin contact (Kangaroo Care) promotes self-regulation in premature infants: Sleepwake cyclicity, arousal modulation, and sustained exploration.
Anderson, "Kangaroo care: research results, and practice implications and guidelines," Neonatal Network, vol.
Randomized crossover trial of Kangaroo Care to reduce biobehavioral pain responses in preterm infants: A pilot study.
Due to kangaroo care the baby gets colonised with the mother's own bacteria which prevents it from developing severe infections.
In the control group, only the mother provided kangaroo care while the father did not hold his premature baby as indicated by the kangaroo position adherence survey.
Neonatal nurses' knowledge and beliefs regarding kangaroo care with preterm infants in an Irish neonatal unit.
Babies love skin, especially if it's mum's, or even dad's, which is why a premature baby can thrive on prolonged skin-to-skin contact, sometimes called kangaroo care.
As suggested in this report just basic measures like "antenatal steroid injections for mothers in premature labour, kangaroo care where the infant is held skin-to-skin on the mother's chest for warmth and ease of breast feeding; antiseptic cream to prevent birth cord infection and antibiotics to prevent and fight infection which is an important cause of neonatal death are all very economical and proven forms of care for premature babies".
Skin-to-skin care for a few hours a day is called intermittent KMC or kangaroo care (KC).