From 2014 to 2016 there was an increase in the singleton low birthweight rate, which was mainly due to increases in the rate of moderately low birthweight, according to a March data brief published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS).
More than one-third of extremely premature and underweight babies have cerebral palsy or other motor impairments that can make it hard for them to do basic things like ride a bike or use a fork, an Australian study suggests.
There was no association between pregnant mothers who received the influenza or tetanus toxoid, reduced diphtheria toxoid and acellular pertussis (Tdap) vaccines and the risk of infant death or hospitalization, researchers found.
The number of babies dying of suffocation before their first birthday has been rising in recent years, driven at least in part by an increase in the number of parents sharing beds with their infants, a U.S. study suggests.
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.
U.S. public health officials have long puzzled over a troubling statistic about infant deaths: Why is the rate so much higher in rural counties than urban areas? But their understanding of the complex factors behind the disparity has been very limited.
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.
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.
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.