Smoking even one cigarette a day during pregnancy can double the chance of sudden unexpected death for your baby, according to a new study analyzing over 20 million births, including over 19,000 unexpected infant deaths.
For the casual visitor, the most striking thing about a hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit is the noise. An orchestra of alarms beeps incessantly. The lights are dim, the shades are drawn and the air inside the NICU’s sterile environment is thick with parental anxiety.
Prematurity causes tiny babies to spend days or weeks, sometimes months, in neonatal intensive care. But a new “Fast Facts” highlights one challenge that often keeps them there when they are otherwise ready to go home: feeding.
Heat and pregnancy do not mix. High temps don't just make a pregnant woman uncomfortable, the heat can actually hurt the health of her baby -- and with climate change, this will probably become a bigger problem.
Excessive gestational weight gain and prepregnancy overweight or obesity among Japanese women with gestational diabetes was associated with higher infant birth weight, according to findings published in the Journal of Diabetes Investigation.
There are significant gaps between the recommendations issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to improve antibiotic stewardship, which may have resulted in significant differences in clinical practice in neonatal settings, according to study findings published in Pediatrics.
An incomplete and poorly conceived report from the controversial Institute for Clinical and Economic Review has set its sights on a most unbecoming target: infants with a degenerative, life-threatening neurological condition.
CDC officials reported high influenza activity in 19 states and New York City, and 24 states had widespread activity during the week ending Dec. 29. Two additional pediatric deaths have been reported, bringing the season's total to 13, while influenza A strain H1N1 remains the most prevalent form.
Babies who had elevated prenatal alcohol exposure trajectories had lower birth weight and length and scored lower on neurodevelopmental assessments at ages 6 months and 12 months, according to a study in Pediatrics.
Neonatal video-assisted resuscitation reduces transfers from hospitals without newborn intensive care units and provides significant cost savings, according to study published in the November issue of Health Affairs.
Researchers found that infants born to mothers who smoked and who received vitamin C with their prenatal vitamins had significantly improved forced expiratory flows at age 3 months, compared with those whose smoking mothers were given placebos along with the prenatal vitamins.
Canadian researchers found that preterm infants who received caffeine within the first two days of life had improved cognitive test scores and were less likely to develop hearing problems and cerebral palsy at ages 18 months to 24 months compared with those who were given caffeine after the first two days of life.
Most fetal abnormalities in infants with intrauterine exposure to the Zika virus were detected on prenatal ultrasound images, but some mild brain abnormalities were detected only in postnatal scans, researchers reported in JAMA Pediatrics.