Monthly Archives: February 2018

Does Changing Newborn Bath Procedure Alter Newborn Temperatures and Exclusive Breastfeeding?

Abstract Purpose: This evidence-based practice project evaluated effects of changing timing/character of initial newborn baths on infant temperatures and breastfeeding status. Background: The hospital protocol for initial bathing procedures was updated: immersion baths; 12 hours postpartum; family included. Methods: Staff … Continue reading

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Effect of newborn’s admission to intensive care unit on “quality of life” of mother: an Indian perspective

Abstract Background: Newborn hospitalized in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) raises a mother’s risk of reduced health-related quality of life (QoL). We explored the contributors inducing stress among mothers related to NICU. Methodology: One hundred thirty-five mothers, whose newborn … Continue reading

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Assessment of sickness severity of illness in neonates: review of various neonatal illness scoring systems

Abstract Sickness severity scores are widely used for neonates admitted to neonatal intensive care units to predict severity of illness and risk of mortality and long-term outcome. These scores are also used frequently for quality assessment among various neonatal intensive … Continue reading

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Does starting feeding early make a difference?

Very premature babies are often fed via a tube but, obviously, at some point they need to move to being fed orally. In this study Ann Gerges, from the Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston, led a team of researchers … Continue reading

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Post-ligation cardiac syndrome

Before birth the two main arteries connected to the heart are linked by a blood vessel called the ductus arteriosus, which is an essential part of foetal blood circulation. This vessel should close shortly after birth but sometimes doesn’t (patent … Continue reading

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What happens to babies when they leave intensive care?

Much as people would like to believe everything ends happily ever after once babies are sent home from an intensive care unit (NICU)many of them remain poorly and end up having to come back to hospital every so often. In … Continue reading

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Reach out and read on the neonatal unit

Hearing people talk, or being read to, is important for young babies’ developing brains but doesn’t happen very often in neonatal intensive care units (NICUs). In this study Bernadette M. Levesque, from Boston University School of Medicine, led a team … Continue reading

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