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Neonatal Research Challenges
A recent trial that compared two standard but different ranges in oxygenation for preterm infants sparked controversy when babies in the slightly lower oxygen range -- found in other studies to lower rates of retinopathy of prematurity, a serious eye problem that can lead to blindness – showed a higher rate of mortality. Parents, grandparents and caregivers have thought carefully about the issues this study raised and two viewpoints are offered here.
Listening to Mothers: Report on Pregnancy & Chldbirth
World Breastfeeding Week 2013
August 1-7, 2013
This year's World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) theme, "Breastfeeding Support: Close to Mothers", highlights Breastfeeding Peer Counseling. Continued support is key to successful breastfeeding, even when mothers are able to get off to a good start.
National Immunization Awareness Month – August 2013
Infant Deaths Associated with the Usage of Infant Sleep Positioners
The CDC reports that 13 infants in the past 13 years have died of suffocation as a result of Infant Sleep Positioners (ISPs). These ISPs are devices that allow an infant to sleep on his/her side, rather than the supine position recommend by the AAP. Pediatricians and other healthcare providers should remember to counsel families about “safe sleep” habits at home which include infants sleeping in their own bed, supine and without soft objects or loose bedding.
NICU Graduate Home Visits for Pediatric Interns
Physicians at Boston Medical Center, in Boston, MA, developed a NICU graduate home visitation program for pediatric interns in order to increase awareness of some of the difficulties the families face shortly after discharge. In its third year, the program is currently run by Dr. Meg Parker, Neonatologist and Health Services Researcher. The team found the program both feasible and a valuable learning experience. Their findings are summarized in a recent publication in the Journal of Pediatrics, August 2012 Issue.
Prematurity Report Card
The 2012 Prematurity Report Card was released by the March of Dimes. For the 2nd consecutive year, the rate of preterm birth in the United States has declined, currently at 11.7%. Although an improvement, overall the US received a “C” grade.
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Newborn Male Circumcision
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