Monthly Archives: May 2017

Patient Education for specialists in Neonatal care

For clinical staff involved in Neonatal care dealing with families during a distressing time is inevitable. A range of patient education articles are available to help you navigate these difficult situations and explain a range of medical conditions to people … Continue reading

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What to expect in the NICU- Patient education

The families of infants admitted to the Neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) may be unsure of what to expect and need educating on what happens in the department.  Patient education articles are available on Uptodate to help staff explain everything. … Continue reading

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Diabetic women who neglect themselves have sicker babies

People with diabetes and gestational diabetes don’t always stick to their complex, inconvenient and time-consuming care regimes as well as they should. In this study Jeffrey Daniel Sperling, from the University of California in San Francisco, led a team of … Continue reading

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Mothers’ weight gain and premature twins’ illnesses

While some women put on too much weight during their pregnancies some women don’t put on enough. This can be a particular problem for women who are having twins. In this study Candice W. Greenan, from the University of South … Continue reading

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Magnesium sulphate and bowel problems

Premature babies sometimes suffer from bowel problems including spontaneous perforation of their intestines and necrotising enterocolitis (dying off of parts of the intestines). In this study Mohamed Shalabi, from Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, led a team of researchers looking into … Continue reading

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Unplanned extubation – what are the risk factors

New-born babies often have tubes stuck in them to provide them with food, water and oxygen. Putting them in is called intubation while taking them out is called extubation. Unplanned extubation occurs when tubes have to be taken – or … Continue reading

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When is the use of pacifiers justifiable in the baby-friendly hospital initiative context? A clinician’s guide

This discussion presents the argument that pacifier use is justifiable in specific conditions, such as immaturity and other medical situations and when the mother is not available. The benefits of using pacifiers are reported in the literature as supporting soothing in … Continue reading

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