Monthly Archives: May 2018

Pre-eclampsia and babies’ health problems

Pregnant women often suffer from high blood pressure even if they don’t have it through the rest of their lives – something doctors call pre-eclampsia. In this study Gustavo Rocha, from the Centro Hospitalar Sao Joao in Portugal, led a … Continue reading

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The nuts and bolts of implementing a pasteurized donor human milk program on a mother baby unit.

Exclusive breastfeeding is recommended for the first 6 months of life by the American Academy of Paediatrics (2017). However, when supplementation is required it is advised that pasteurized donor human milk (PHDM) is used. This article describes the initiation of … Continue reading

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Premature babies or human pin cushions?

Premature babies often have needles stuck into them for a variety of reasons. In this study Daragh Finn, from University College Cork, led a team of researchers looking into how often 99 premature babies had their skin punctured. The researchers … Continue reading

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Impact of umbilical cord milking and pasteurized donor human milk on necrotizing enterocolitis: a retrospective review

Necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) is a serious complication of prematurity. The objective of this retrospective review was to evaluate the impact of an umbilical cord milking protocol (UCM) and pasteurized donor human milk (PDHM) on NEC rates in infants less than 30 weeks … Continue reading

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BAPM’s Neonatal Service Quality Indicators – what are they and how should they be used?

The new publication Neonatal Service Quality Indicators: Standards Relating to Structures and Processes Supporting Quality and Patient Safety in Neonatal Services by the British Association of Perinatal Medicine (BAPM) aims to help healthcare professionals by addressing the question: with regard … Continue reading

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NICE guidance for developmental follow-up of children born preterm

The National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guideline Developmental Follow-up of Children and Young People Born Preterm highlights potential risk factors to infant development and recommends enhanced surveillance and monitoring for infants born at less than 28 weeks’ … Continue reading

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Management considerations in congenital laryngotracheal stenosis

Congenital laryngotracheal stenosis poses significant management challenges, necessitating multidisciplinary input involving paediatric intensivists, neonatologists and paediatric otolaryngologists. Management decisions and patient outcomes are often compounded by coexisting factors including extreme prematurity, gestational age at time of diagnosis and low birth … Continue reading

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