Head-size measurements can help screen for long-term IQ problems in very premature or very low birth weight babies, researchers say.
If your 6-month-old still wakes up at 2 a.m., a new study suggests you don't lose any additional sleep worrying about it.
A study examines 'subjective workload' among NICU nurses, and finds a number of perceived stressors that take time away from essential care and could lead to sub-optimal outcomes.
Advocates cannot reach every infant or every family, acknowledged National Coalition for Infant Health Medical Director Mitchell Goldstein, MD, as he welcomed attendees to the fourth annual infant health policy summit on Thursday. But, he emphasized, “We can impact policy.”
Respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, is the leading cause of hospitalization in children under 1 year old. It affects the lungs and respiratory tract and can cause lifelong complications – or death. Yet:
Only 22 percent of parents consider themselves “very well prepared” to protect their child
Only 18 percent of parents say they know “a lot” about the disease.
Specialty health care providers, on the other hand, affirmed the significant risk RSV poses to children and babies. They were nearly unanimous in agreeing that RSV is the “most serious and dangerous” illness for premature babies (96 percent). And 77 percent indicated RSV is the “most serious and dangerous” illness for children 4 and under.
Survey respondents included 175 specialty health care providers and 600 parents of children 4 and under.
Despite the gap in awareness, the survey suggests that education can spur parents to learn more and become better equipped to protect their children. After hearing statistics about RSV and its impact, parents indicated they were more likely to:
Ask their doctor about RSV (67 percent)
Look online for information about RSV (38 percent).
In addition, an overwhelming majority (83 percent) would “probably” or “definitely” take a preventive vaccine if it were available when they were pregnant.
Having more information about RSV can be critical for parents, who may need to fight for their children’s access to preventive treatment. Specialty health care providers agreed that “barriers to access and denials from insurance companies limit patients’ ability to get preventive RSV treatment” (77 percent).
The release of the survey results coincides with national RSV Awareness Month.
One tool for increasing awareness may be the Institute for Patient Access’ new “Myths, Facts & Respiratory Syncytial Virus.” The document dispels common myths about RSV. For example, RSV can be dangerous for infants and young children, but seniors can also suffer serious health consequences from the virus. And even though early symptoms of RSV are sometimes mistaken for the common cold, RSV can be much more dangerous. RSV can be deadly and may require hospitalization if symptoms become severe.
For most of the country, RSV season has already begun. Learning the facts this RSV Awareness Month can help adults protect children and seniors throughout the season, which can extend through mid-May depending upon geography.
To learn more, read “RSV Awareness: A National Poll of Parents & Health Care Providers” and “Myths, Facts & Respiratory Syncytial Virus.”
Researchers with the California-based health system found high patient satisfaction rates and positive outcomes in an analysis of video-based telehealth encounters between 2015 and 2017.
Researchers found that infants whose mothers received Tdap immunization between 27 weeks' and 36 weeks' gestation had significantly higher geometric mean concentrations of pertussis toxin antibodies in their cord blood than those whose mothers weren't given Tdap vaccine.
Kentucky officials say a new $7.5 million grant will support a statewide program aimed at decreasing the number of premature deliveries and low birth weight babies.
Oct. 10 (UPI) -- Hispanic infants born with heart disease have worse outcomes in the first year than those born to white mothers, with researchers linking the finding to the mother's level of education and insurance coverage, according to a study.
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The study recommended identifying minority women with chronic health problems as a high-risk group early in their pregnancies.
Study Rundown: A recent increase in NICU admissions for larger and more mature infants has been noted, but there is limited data on the clinical characteristics of this population.
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Advances in nutrition help micro preemies gain critical weight, so they can grow and develop.
The prevalence of hepatitis C virus (HCV) among pregnant women with substance use disorders is high, and better strategies to effectively screen and link women and their exposed infants to HCV care and treatment are needed, according to a study published in the Journal of Pediatrics.1
Mothers have long been told that “breast is best” when it comes to feeding newborn babies, but a small experiment suggests at least some of the benefits may have nothing to do with the milk itself.
Infants prenatally exposed to but uninfected by HIV experienced twice the risk of hospitalization for infection compared to those who were not exposed to HIV.