Monthly Archives: August 2018

Cooling plus inhaled xenon for newborns with hypoxic-ischaemic encephalopathy

A new Cochrane Systematic Review has found that “Current evidence from one small randomised controlled pilot trial is inadequate to show whether cooling plus xenon is safe or effective in near-term and term newborns with HIE. Further trials reporting long-term … Continue reading

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A post-mortem population survey on foetal-infantile end-of-life decisions: a research protocol

The death of a child before or shortly after birth is frequently preceded by an end-of-life decision (ELD). Population-based studies of incidence and characteristics of ELDs in neonates and infants are rare, and those in the foetal-infantile period (>‚ÄČ22 weeks … Continue reading

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Do mothers understand the reasons for giving vitamin K to their newborn babies?

Late-onset vitamin K deficiency bleeding has serious implications for newborn infants. This service evaluation project assesses current provision of information regarding prophylactic vitamin K and the level of maternal understanding of the reasons for giving it. New mothers were interviewed … Continue reading

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A staphylococcal cerebral abscess in a preterm infant

This report considers the case of a rare presentation of a premature infant with post-haemorrhagic hydrocephalus who developed a cerebral brain abscess. Although cerebral abscesses are rare in this patient population, they are associated with significant mortality and morbidity. This … Continue reading

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Specialised milk feeds for term and preterm infants

Good nutrition is important at all stages of life but none more so than during infancy. The aim of this article is to provide a summary of the nutritional qualities of breast milk, breast milk fortifier and the various types … Continue reading

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Improving practice using the wrapped tucked position for lumbar punctures

Infants undergoing a lumbar puncture are subjected to a potentially painful and uncomfortable procedure. They often struggle against the required hold position and become increasingly agitated during the procedure, thereby reducing the likelihood of success. The use of a wrapped … Continue reading

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Fathers in the NICU: what type of support do they want?

Evidence from research into the experiences of fathers in neonatal intensive care units (NICU) is limited but shows that fathers face unique challenges. Fathers frequently report that they feel they are not treated as equal partners by staff and others, … Continue reading

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