"Plastic bag" Womb Could Help Keep Premature Babies Alive
An artificial womb resembling a plastic bag has been used to keep premature lambs alive for four weeks outside of their own mothers' wombs and could one day be applied to premature babies.
New Technology Detects Critical Feeding Problems in Preemies
Many babies born prematurely have trouble eating because of swallowing difficulties, making new moms anxious during bottle feeding or breastfeeding. To better diagnose feeding issues, clinicians in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas developed an innovative new way to assess swallowing in the hospital's tiniest patients, giving new moms more confidence to feed their newborns safely.
Portable MRI scanner for neonatal babies with brain damage in NICU
Most babies in a NICU are seriously ill, having had very premature or traumatic births. Around 70 percent are at risk of brain damage. Predicting on how they will fare is notoriously hard, and despite the best available specialist care, often it's still a matter of waiting to see whether they will survive and with what, if any, impairments. And although an adult patient would go for an MRI scan as soon as brain damage was on the cards, many of these babies don't ever get to have that basic test.
Just How Safe is Feeding While on CPAP
This is becoming "all the rage" as they say. I first heard about the strategy of feeding while on CPAP from colleagues in Calgary. They had created the SINC (Safe Individualized Feeding Competence) program to provide an approach to safely introducing feeding to those who were still requiring CPAP.
Kangaroo Care Helps Preemies and Full Term Babies, Too
Kangaroo mother care has been widely used worldwide to care for premature babies, and it's gaining popularity in caring for healthy full term babies like Ali as well. It is as it sounds: Like a kangaroo's pouch, mothers hold their naked newborns on their bare chest for the first few hours of life.
Sick Infants "at risk" from "alarming" Staff Shortage in Scotland's Neonatal Units, Charity Warns
Its findings, based on a survey conducted in June 2016, highlights a service "under significant strain" with an "alarming" lack of high-skilled doctors, including consultant neonatologists and pediatricians, in four of the country's eight Level Three units which provide intensive care to the most critically ill newborns.
Human Milk Oligosaccharides Influence Neonatal Mucosal and Systemic Immunity
The immune system of the infant is functionally immature and naïve. Human milk contains bioactive proteins, lipids, and carbohydrates that protect the newborn and stimulate innate and adaptive immune development. This review will focus on the role human milk oligosaccharides (HMO) play in neonatal gastrointestinal and systemic immune development and function.
Risk Factors for Intrapartum Fever in Term Gestations and Associated Maternal and Neonatal Sequelae
Retrospective study of patients between 360/7 and 420/7 gestational weeks who entered spontaneous or induced active labor and developed temperature ?38°C; a similar group that did not develop fever were controls.
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