Image: HealthPages.org Children born in deliveries planned just a week before the end of a typical pregnancy may be more likely to experience health, learning and behavior issues by the time they’re ready for school than kids born at full term, a study suggests.Plenty of previous research has found premature infants often have difficulty breathing […]

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Image: Solar Navigator The timing of hospital discharge should be the decision of the health care provider caring for the mother and newborn infant and should not be based on arbitrary policies established by third-party payers, according to a new policy statement released by the AAP s Committee on Fetus and Newborn. “A shortened hospital […]

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  Photo source: es.pinterest.com Cough and cold medicines should not be prescribed or recommended for respiratory illnesses in children under four years of age. Research has shown these products offer little benefit to young children and can have potentially serious side effects. Many cough and cold products for children have more than one ingredient, increasing […]

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Infants have a much lower risk of getting influenza when their mothers are vaccinated against the virus during pregnancy, a U.S. study confirms. Doctors recommend flu vaccinations for pregnant women because the virus is linked to complications like preterm births, and because it helps protect babies from catching the flu before they’re able to get […]

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Photo source: pedclerk.bsd.uchicago.edu Spina bifida means open spine. The spine (backbone) protects the spinal cord, a bundle of nerves that runs down the middle of your back. The spinal cord carries signals back and forth between your body and your brain. Spina bifida happens when the bones in the spine don’t form correctly, or when […]

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Photo source: www.idahosurgicalarts.com A cleft lip is a birth defect in which a baby’s upper lip doesn’t form completely and has an opening in it. A cleft palate is a similar birth defect in which a baby’s palate (roof of the mouth) doesn’t form completely and has an opening in it. These birth defects are […]

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Breast milk is thought to be the best form of nutrition for neonates and infants. The properties of human milk facilitate the transition of life from in utero to ex utero. This dynamic fluid provides a diverse array of bioactive substances to the developing infant during critical periods of brain, immune, and gut development. The […]

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