Babies have long been offered a bit of sugar water or breastmilk to comfort them during needle sticks, and a new study suggests these methods of pain relief may work even better when babies are also nestled in their mothers’ arms.
Breast is best, the familiar adage reminds parents of newborns. And this August, Breastfeeding Awareness Month gives families, health care providers and policymakers a chance to reflect on the benefits that breastfeeding offers babies and mothers alike.
Katie Raftery was in a Massachusetts prison for drug-related crimes when she found out she was pregnant with her second child. A longtime heroin user, she was released to a residential drug treatment program where she stayed for seven months, until her baby was born.
Dr. Christine Olson, preterm/infant health team lead for the CDC's Division of Reproductive Health, is encouraging clinicians to increase their focus on disseminating safe sleep information to parents.
A quality-improvement project to standardize feeding practices for micro preemies—preterm infants born months before their due date— helped to boost their weight and nearly quadrupled the frequency of lactation consultations ordered in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), a multidisciplinary team from Children's National Health System finds.
The use of antibiotics during pregnancy cannot always be avoided. Researchers investigating the impact of antibiotic use on the health of premature infants recently published their findings in the Journal of Pediatrics.
Elevated glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c) levels at or around the time of conception significantly increase the risk of major cardiac defects in infants born to mothers with type 1 diabetes compared with children born to nondiabetic women, a representative nationwide Swedish study indicates.
Typical reflux symptoms in children should be treated with four to eight weeks of acid-suppression therapy, and in infants this should occur only after dietary modifications, according to a new Pediatric Gastroesophageal Reflux Clinical Practice Guideline.
It has been nearly 20 years since a currently available drug was tested and approved specifically for the newborn population, say industry experts who are calling for education and policy changes to address the needs of this special patient population.
Does your child have a sleeping problem? If yes, your emotions during pregnancy might be to blame as a new study has shown that a mother's prenatal or postnatal depression may lead to problems in the sleeping behaviour of her offspring.