Newborns suffering from opioid withdrawal might have shorter hospital stays and less need for medications if they stay in a room with their mother instead of being sent to intensive care, a research review suggests.
Preterm neonates who received higher nutritional intake and enteral feeding primarily with breast milk during the first 2 weeks of life were more likely to have greater brain growth, according to recently published study results in Pediatrics.
Unsafe sleep practices are still fairly common in the U.S., with a sizable portion of mothers reporting not placing their babies on their backs to sleep, sharing a bed with their baby or using soft bedding in the baby's sleep area, CDC researchers found.
Zika might not directly cause the miscarriages and birth defects that have been associated with the notorious virus, a new study in mice suggests.
Among the tiniest preemies, black and Hispanic infants are more likely than white babies to be born at hospitals with worse death and complication rates, a study in New York City suggests.
There's good and bad news when it comes to infant mortality in the United States.
A study in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases suggests that Zika virus infections may be transmitted from mother to child through breastfeeding after genetic testing of a Venezuelan woman and her infant showed Zika virus isolates in her breast milk and her child's urine were nearly identical.
It was the year of the original Blackberry, Napster music downloads and AOL Instant Messaging — all ancient technology by today’s standards. Yet 1998 was the most recent year that the FDA approved more than one drug therapy specifically for newborns. Since that time, there has only been one approved, and it is no longer in production. Almost two decades represents an eternity in the fields of science, medicine and technology. So why don’t we have more and newer drugs to improve survival for newborns?
Read more from Mitchell Goldstein, M.D., Medical Director, National Coalition for Infant Health in Future of Personal Health.
Hospital NICUs are getting an early Christmas present: the ability to opt out on tubing that could put their newborn patients at risk.
The Joint Commission, the nation’s foremost accreditation organization for health care programs, recently confirmed it will not endorse tubing connector technology known as ENFit. Hailed as a victory for infant safety, the decision comes in response to a letter from the National Coalition for Infant Health that outlined concerns about the ENFit design.
But, what is the ENFit tubing connector? And, why is this a victory for infant safety?
Read more at Institute for Patient Access.
On behalf of the National Coalition for Infant Health (NCfIH), we are writing to share concerns regarding the ENFit tubing connector design and the safety risks this design poses to neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) patients. For these tiny, vulnerable infants, concerns about inaccurate dosing of medications at small volumes must be taken very seriously.
The preterm birth rate in the U.S. has increased for the second consecutive year, according to a new report, and minorities are suffering a disproportionate share of those births. The increases, which follow nearly a decade of declines, raise concerns that gains made in women’s health care are now slipping, experts say.
Babies who are breastfed for at least two months are at a lower risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) than the ones who aren’t nursed as long, a recent study has found. According to the University of Virginia School of Medicine research, breastfeeding for at least two months cuts a baby’s risk of SIDS almost in half. Previous research said it could cut risk of asthma and benefit the mother’s wellbeing as well.
The proportion of pregnant women with hepatitis C virus infection who receive Medicaid in Wisconsin has risen dramatically, suggesting an increased risk for mother-to-infant transmission, according to an MMWR.
WASHINGTON – On Thursday, October 26, the Institute for Patient Access and National Coalition for Infant Health will host the 2017 Infant Health Policy Summit in Washington, DC, to explore patient access and safety issues facing vulnerable infants and their families. The summit will feature keynote remarks by Adam Busby, star of TLC’s “OutDaughtered” and paternal postpartum depression advocate. Experts, including CDR Sarah Schillie, MD, CDC Division of Viral Hepatitis, will discuss the opioid epidemic and subsequent increase in hepatitis C carriers and vertical transmission to babies.
Breast-feeding is linked to a reduced risk for endometriosis, a new study reports.
Endometriosis — the growth of uterine tissue outside the uterus — can cause severe pain and excessive bleeding during menstruation, among other problems. It is a chronic disorder with an unknown cause.
Read more at The New York Times.
An infant’s race and ethnicity affect the quality of care they receive in California neonatal intensive care units, according to a study by the Stanford University School of Medicine.
Asian American and white infants received the highest overall quality of care, according to the scoring system used in the study, which is scheduled to be published Monday in the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics. African American infants had slightly lower scores compared with Asians and whites. Hispanic infants and infants classified as “other,” which include American Indian and Alaskan Native infants, had significantly lower scores.
Read more at San Francisco Chronicle.
The first dose of the hepatitis B vaccine should be given to babies within 24 hours of birth, new guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics say.
Until now, the academy had recommended the vaccine be given by the baby's first checkup. Now, the risk of infection has increased with the ongoing opioid crisis, as more moms are getting infected with hepatitis B and passing the virus on to their babies, the authors of the new guidelines explained.
Read more at HealthDay.
Parents of adults who were very preterm (VP) or very low birth weight (VLBW) at birth have similar quality of life to that of parents of term adults, according to a study published online Aug. 10 in Pediatrics.
Dieter Wolke, Ph.D., from Warwick Medical School in the United Kingdom, and colleagues conducted a prospective whole-population study in Germany following 250 VP or VLBW and 230 term individuals and their parents (219 and 227, respectively) from birth to adulthood. The World Health Organization Quality of Life assessment and the Satisfaction with Life questionnaire were used to assess parental quality of life when offspring were adults (mean age, 27.3 adults).
Read more at Physician's Briefing.
(Reuters Health) - Even though parents of premature babies may be more stressed out than other parents when their kids are young, their quality of life is similar to that of other parents by the time children are grown, a recent study suggests.
Researchers examined data on parents and babies from birth until the children were 27 years old on average. By the end of the study, parents’ quality of life did not differ according to how early their babies arrived, whether kids had disabilities or difficulties in school, or how well they had gotten along with other children.
Read more at Reuters.