Ecological sucking monitoring of newborns

Fabrizio Taffoni, Eleonora Tamilia, Maria Rosaria Palminteri, Emiliano Schena, Domenico Formica, Jonathan Delafield-Butt, Flavio Keller, Sergio Silvestri, Eugenio Guglielmelli

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Feeding by sucking is one of the first activities of daily life performed by infants. Sucking plays a fundamental role in neurological development and may be considered a good early predictor of neuromotor development. In this work a new method for ecological assessment of infants’ nutritive sucking behaviour is presented and experimentally validated.
Preliminary data on healthy newborn subjects were first acquired to define the main technical specifications of a novel instrumented device. This device was designed to be easily integrated in a commercially available feeding bottle, allowing clinical methods development for screening large numbers of subjects. The new approach proposed allows (i) accurate measurement of intra-oral pressure for neuromotor control analysis and (ii) estimation of milk volume delivered to the mouth to within less than 2% variation between estimated and reference volumes.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages8
JournalIEEE Sensors Journal
Issue number99
Early online date27 Jun 2013
Publication statusPublished - 2013


  • ecological assessment
  • instrumental objects
  • motor control
  • nutritive sucking
  • suckling monitoring

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