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Mental Health in Extremely Preterm Infants
One of the biggest concerns to parents and providers of preterm infants is the effect that prematurity and its sequela will have on the child. In a new study published online in the journal Pediatrics investigators note an increased risk of having mental health issues in infants born extremely preterm, including autism, anxiety, inattention, and obsessive compulsive disorder.
Parent’s Guide to the Late Preterm Infant by Brodsky and Quinn
Late preterm infants make up the majority of preterm births in the United States. The book contains information targeted at parents that will help prepare them better for their baby’s hospitalization. In addition to pictures, there is a dictionary of commonly used medical terms. Brodsky D, Quinn M. A Parent’s Guide to the Late Preterm Infant.
Healthy Beginnings for Babies
In an effort to increase awareness around the importance of well-baby/child visits, including following the recommended vaccination schedule, National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition has developed “Healthy Beginnings for Babies”. The website provides a booklet for families, in English and Spanish. It reviews all the routine visits in the first year, with some interesting facts of what to expect and how to help make the visit more productive.
January is Birth Defects Prevention Month
Birth defects affect 2-4% of births in the United States and have developmental, social, and financial implications for the patient and the entire family unit. Education and support are part of what providers can do to help all families to increase their changes of all women, including teens, to make healthy choices that increase their chances of having a healthy baby. The National Births Defects Prevention Network has lots of materials regarding education and awareness, available in both English and Spanish.
CDC 2014-2015 Flu Season
With the 2014-2015 Flu Season upon us, the CDC has provided detailed information about the flu shots, including what families and their providers should know. Remember to talk to your doctor about the flu shot for you and your child. In addition, remind your family and caretakers that they also need the annual flu shot (both for their own health, as well as to protect your newborn!
Fast Facts about Preterm Birth
The National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition developed a brochure about “Fast Facts: What You Should Know About Preterm Birth”. The brochure is available to download for free on their website in both English and Spanish. The brochure specifically highlights two common causes of preterm birth (having a prior baby born before 37 weeks and a short cervix) and what are some of the considerations for future pregnancies.
March of Dimes 2014 Premature Birth Report Card
US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Releases