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  1. Respiratory distress of the term newborn infant.

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    Edwards, Martin O; Kotecha, Sarah J; Kotecha, Sailesh

    2013-03-01

    Respiratory distress is recognised as any signs of breathing difficulties in neonates. In the early neonatal period respiratory distress is common, occurring in up to 7% of newborn infants, resulting in significant numbers of term-born infants being admitted to neonatal units. Many risk factors are involved; the increasing number of term infants delivered by elective caesarean section has also increased the incidence. Additionally the risk decreases with each advancing week of gestation. At 37 weeks, the chances are three times greater than at 39-40 weeks gestation. Multiple conditions can present with features of respiratory distress. Common causes in term newborn infants include transient tachypnoea of the newborn, respiratory distress syndrome, pneumonia, meconium aspiration syndrome, persistent pulmonary hypertension of the neonate and pneumothorax. Early recognition of respiratory distress and initiation of appropriate treatment is important to ensure optimal outcomes. This review will discuss these common causes of respiratory distress in term-born infants. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  2. [Low Apgar score in term newborn infants and delivery pattern].

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    Atanasova, V; Slavkova, N; Yonov, M; Valkova, A

    2012-01-01

    Examine the influence of delivery pattern over neonatal condition in the first minutes of life. We have studied 3624 term newborns of single pregnancies for period of 2 years in the city of Pleven. The patients were divided in 4 groups by the delivery pattern: vaginal delivery with head presentation (2497 infants), vaginal delivery with instrumental assist (45 infants), per vias naturales in breech presentation (44 infants), delivery via Caesarean section (1038 infants). According to our results the Apgar score differs itself from the pathology of a given newborn. Neonatal deaths are significantly higher in the newborns with low Apgar score than deaths in the general population. From all cases of low Apgar score without other clinical problems the highest is the percentage in the infants delivered via Caesarean section. The goal of the Apgar score is to focus attention on the infant's condition in the first few minutes of its life and the need of resuscitation. Low Apgar score is an important predictor of the newborn morbidity and death rate. The Apgar score alone is not a proof for intrapartal asphyxia and is not associated with long-term neurological damage.

  3. Improvement of conventional transcutaneous bilirubinometry results in term newborn infants.

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    Felc, Zlata

    2005-05-01

    This prospective study was performed to determine a way to improve conventional transcutaneous bilirubinometry results in healthy term newborn infants. In 118 infants during phototherapy (group A), and in 118 infants without phototherapy (group B), bilirubin determinations were done in duplicate using the Minolta AirShields Jaundice Meter type 101 (transcutaneous bilirubin index [TcB]), and the diazometric method on the Hitachi 717 Automated Analyzer (total reacting serum bilirubin [SeB]). In 112 infants (group C), bilirubin determinations were done in triplicate, using simple direct-reading photometry on the Moltronic Bilirubinometer (direct serum bilirubin [BiB]). A close correlation between TcB and SeB values was observed in group A ( r = 0.69; p < 0.001) and in group B ( r = 0.59; p < 0.001). The 95% confidence intervals of TcB readings corresponding to SeB were +/- 80.7 micromol/L in group A and +/- 76.9 micromol/L in group B, respectively. In group C, using a correctly calibrated BiB with adult sera containing bilirubin concentration in the range 271 to 344 micromol/L, the 95% confidence intervals of parallel TcB and BiB readings corresponding to SeB were +/- 28 micromol/L. Parallel determinations of the TcB and the BiB in healthy term newborn infants give results almost identical to those of bilirubin determination by the laboratory method.

  4. [Functional state feature of erythrocytes in healthy term newborn infants].

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    Evsiukova, I I; Iakushenko, N S; Andreeva, A A; Shevel'kova, A A; Kolesova, T A; Katiukhin, L N; Dobrylko, I A; Mandukshev, I V

    2014-01-01

    Hematological parameters and functional status of erythrocytes were studied by the osmotic and ammonium loads in healthy newborns and in adults. Mean erythrocyte volume of newborns more than in adults. Significant difference index of osmotic fragility of neonates were observed in the transition from swelling to hemolysis. Kinetic of erythrocyte's hemolysis in the ammonium load was studied by low-angle light scattering (LaSca-analyzer). The percentage of erythrocyte hemolysis is lower and the velocity of hemolysis is 2.5 times slower in newborns than in adults.

  5. Craniocerebral birth injuries in term newborn infants: a retrospective series.

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    Nachtergaele, Pieter; Van Calenbergh, Frank; Lagae, Lieven

    2017-11-01

    In an attempt to further define the spectrum of cranial birth injuries, we analyzed 21 consecutive cranial birth injuries in term neonates presenting to the neurosurgical department of our institution over the period 1994-2015. We performed a retrospective chart review from the medical records of the University Hospitals of the KU Leuven, from 1994 to 2015. We included 21 infants of 36-week gestational age or older with a diagnosis of cranial birth injury. The types and locations of injuries, the presenting signs, symptoms and their timing, and the required treatment(s) were recorded. Various maternal and neonatal factors and the mode of delivery were recorded. We recorded the different modes of delivery rates at our institution in the year 2013 and the rates in the Flemish community between 1995 and 2013, in order to compare the mode of delivery rates in the study group with current practice at our institution and with general practice over the years in the Flemish community. The most common clinical presentations were swelling (43% of cases) and seizures (19% of cases). Average Apgar scores were 6.57 at 1 min and 8.43 at 5 min; 48% of children had abnormally low Apgar scores at 1 min and 9.5% had abnormally low scores at 5 min. The most common intracranial lesion was skull fractures (33%). Operative treatment was required in 11 infants (52%). One infant died. Assisted mechanical delivery by either forceps and/or vacuum extraction occurred in 43% of infants. In comparison, in the year 2013, only 13.97% of deliveries at our institution were mechanically assisted. Over the period 1995-2013, the highest mechanically assisted delivery rates in the Flemish community were 14.1% in 1996. Although our series is too small to make firm conclusions, it is remarkable that the rates of assisted mechanical deliveries in our series far exceeded the assisted mechanical delivery rates at our institution in the year 2013 and even the highest vacuum and forceps delivery rates in

  6. Infant - newborn development

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  7. Monitoring of cerebral haemodynamics in newborn infants

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    Liem, K Djien; Greisen, Gorm

    2010-01-01

    The most important cerebrovascular injuries in newborn infants, particularly in preterm infants, are cerebral haemorrhage and ischemic injury. The typical cerebral vascular anatomy and the disturbance of cerebral haemodynamics play important roles in the pathophysiology. The term 'cerebral...

  8. Urinary tract infection in full-term newborn infants: risk factor analysis

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    Falcão Mário Cícero

    2000-01-01

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: To analyze the correlation of risk factors to the occurrence of urinary tract infection in full-term newborn infants. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Retrospective study (1997 including full-term infants having a positive urine culture by bag specimen. Urine collection was based on: fever, weight loss > 10% of birth weight, nonspecific symptoms (feeding intolerance, failure to thrive, hypoactivity, debilitate suction, irritability, or renal and urinary tract malformations. In these cases, another urine culture by suprapubic bladder aspiration was collected to confirm the diagnosis. To compare and validate the risk factors in each group, the selected cases were divided into two groups: Group I - positive urine culture by bag specimen collection and negative urine culture by suprapubic aspiration, and Group II - positive urine culture by bag specimen collection and positive urine culture by suprapubic aspiration . RESULTS: Sixty one infants were studied, Group I, n = 42 (68.9% and Group II, n = 19 (31.1%. The selected risk factors (associated infectious diseases, use of broad-spectrum antibiotics, renal and urinary tract malformations, mechanical ventilation, parenteral nutrition and intravascular catheter were more frequent in Group II (p<0.05. Through relative risk analysis, risk factors were, in decreasing importance: parenteral nutrition, intravascular catheter, associated infectious diseases, use of broad-spectrum antibiotics, mechanical ventilation, and renal and urinary tract malformations. CONCLUSION: The results showed that parenteral nutrition, intravascular catheter, and associated infectious diseases contributed to increase the frequency of neonatal urinary tract infection, and in the presence of more than one risk factor, the occurrence of urinary tract infection rose up to 11 times.

  9. Skin bilirubin measurement during phototherapy in preterm and term newborn infants.

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    Zecca, Enrico; Barone, Giovanni; De Luca, Daniele; Marra, Rosa; Tiberi, Eloisa; Romagnoli, Costantino

    2009-08-01

    The few existing studies evaluating the reliability of transcutaneous bilirubin monitoring during phototherapy gave controversial results. To evaluate the accuracy of transcutaneous bilirubin measurement in a large population of newborn infants, during phototherapy. Total serum bilirubin and transcutaneous bilirubin on patched and unpatched skin areas were simultaneously measured in newborn infants undergoing phototherapy. Transcutaneous measurements were performed with a multiwavelength transcutaneous bilirubinometer (Respironics BiliCheck). The Passing-Bablok regression and the Bland-Altman plot were used to estimate the relationship between serum and transcutaneous bilirubin. We studied 364 newborn infants with a mean (SD) gestational age of 34.6 (3) weeks and a mean birth weight of 2371 (805) grams. Total serum bilirubin, patched transcutaneous bilirubin and unpatched transcutaneous bilirubin were similar before phototherapy. After 52 (33) hours of phototherapy, the difference between serum bilirubin and patched transcutaneous bilirubin was 0.2 (3.1) mg/dL (not significant) while the difference between serum bilirubin and unpatched transcutaneous bilirubin was 3.2 (3.0) mg/dL (pBiliCheck can be safely used for the evaluation of bilirubin levels in newborn infants under phototherapy. Its reliability on patched skin of the forehead is high enough to consistently reduce blood draws and to ascertain when to discontinue phototherapy. Because of the individual variance, any clinical decision has to be taken on the basis of the transcutaneous bilirubin trend more than on a single value.

  10. The Relationship Between Thyroxine Level and Short Term Clinical Outcome Among Sick Newborn Infants

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    Maliheh Kadivar

    2011-02-01

    Full Text Available Premature and critically sick infants frequently experience several interventions, including blood transfusions, parentral nutrition, and prescriptions during hospitalization that could affect the result of thyroid function test. This study aims to investigate the correlation between thyroxine level and clinical short term outcome among the newborn infants in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU. We assessed serum levels of thyroxine and thyroid stimulating hormone of 99 neonates who were admitted in the NICU from September 1st 2004 to March 30th 2005. Number of patients with low thyroxin level (less than 6.5 µg/dl was determined and the relation between serum total thyroxine level and birth weight, gestational age, duration of hospitalization, clinical diagnosis, and final outcome was investigated. Short term outcome was considered as duration of hospitalization and discharge alive from hospital. Prevalence of hypothyroxinemia was 26 percent. Later assessment of thyroxine level within 3 weeks revealed normal level of this parameter (8.12 µg/dl ±1.36. Patients with lower gestational age and lower birth weight had lower thyroxine level (7.15 µg/dl ±2.56, and P=0.03, 6.72 µg/dl ±3.03, and P=0.08. Low thyroxine level was not associated with adverse short-term clinical outcome (mortality rates; 3(11% and 9(12%, and duration of hospitalization among 17.7±9.8 vs 16.7± 13.0 in patients with hypothyroxinemia and low thyroxine level respectively. Hypothyroxinemia has considerable prevalence in neonatal intensive care setting and is related with lower birth weight and gestational age. Whether thyroxin levels are a marker or mediator of short term clinical outcome remains to be determined by further studies.

  11. Short-term outcome of newborn infants: spinal versus general anesthesia for elective cesarean section. A prospective randomized study.

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    Kavak, Z N; Başgül, A; Ceyhan, N

    2001-12-10

    To compare general and spinal anesthesia with respect to the short-term outcome of newborns born by elective cesarean deliveries. Pregnant women admitted to our hospital from January 1999 to July 2000, for whom elective repeat cesareans were planned after 37 weeks gestation, were allocated randomly after their informed consent to spinal anesthesia or general anesthesia. Maternal age, gestational age, birth weight, Apgar's score, hospital stay duration, and duration of cesarean section time were all noted. The rate of the neonatal respiratory depression, perinatal asphyxia, and admittance to the neonatal intensive care unit of the infants were documented. We also studied arterial samples withdrawn from the cord for the pH, bicarbonate, PaO(2) (oxygen pressure, arterial), and PaCO(2) (carbon dioxide pressure, arterial). The serum levels of creatine kinase with myocardial-specific isoform, aspartate aminotransferase, alanine aminotransferase, and total cortisol levels of the newborns were measured and served in ruling out perinatal stress and in confirming the diagnosis of perinatal asphyxia (and of myocardial damage). Statistical analyses was performed with the use of an unpaired Student's t-test, Chi-square test, and a power calculation was done. From the randomly selected patients, we had 38 (45.2%) infants for general anesthesia and 46 (54.8%) for spinal anesthesia. None of our primary endpoints favored any of the study groups, and the clinical short-term outcome of the infants was similar in the neonates born both by spinal and general anesthesia (P>0.05). The biochemical assays did not rule out or confirm any differences in the occurrence of perinatal stress (P>0.05). Anesthesia type does not seem to influence the short-term outcome of the newborn infants for the elective cesarean deliveries. We believe that both spinal and general anesthesia could be performed in elective term cesarean deliveries without any risk to the newborn infants.

  12. Palatal development of preterm and low birthweight infants compared to term infants – What do we know? Part 1: The palate of the term newborn

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    Ehmer Ulrike

    2005-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The evidence on prematurity as 'a priori' a risk for palatal disturbances that increase the need for orthodontic or orthognathic treatment is still weak. Further well-designed clinical studies are needed. The objective of this review is to provide a fundamental analysis of methodologies, confounding factors, and outcomes of studies on palatal development. One focus of this review is the analysis of studies on the palate of the term newborn, since knowing what is 'normal' is a precondition of being able to assess abnormalities. Methods A search profile based on Cochrane search strategies applied to 10 medical databases was used to identify existing studies. Articles, mainly those published before 1960, were identified from hand searches in textbooks, encyclopedias, reference lists and bibliographies. Sources in English, German, and French of more than a century were included. Data for term infants were recalculated if particular information about weight, length, or maturity was given. The extracted values, especially those from non-English paper sources, were provided unfiltered for comparison. Results The search strategy yielded 182 articles, of which 155 articles remained for final analysis. Morphology of the term newborn's palate was of great interest in the first half of the last century. Two general methodologies were used to assess palatal morphology: visual and metrical descriptions. Most of the studies on term infants suffer from lack of reliability tests. The groove system was recognized as the distinctive feature of the infant palate. The shape of the palate of the term infant may vary considerably, both visually and metrically. Gender, race, mode of delivery, and nasal deformities were identified as causes contributing to altered palatal morphology. Until today, anatomical features of the newborn's palate are subject to a non-uniform nomenclature. Conclusion Today's knowledge of a newborn's 'normal' palatal

  13. Immobility reaction at birth in newborn infant.

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    Rousseau, Pierre Victor; Francotte, Jacques; Fabbricatore, Maria; Frischen, Caroline; Duchateau, Delphine; Perin, Marie; Gauthier, Jean-Marie; Lahaye, Willy

    2014-08-01

    To describe an immobility reaction (IR) that was not previously reported at or immediately after birth in human newborns. We analyzed 31 videos of normal term vaginal deliveries recorded from Time 0 of birth defined as the as the moment that lies between the birth of the thorax and the pelvis of the infant. We searched for perinatal factors associated with newborn's IR. IR at birth was observed in 8 of the 31 newborns. The main features of their behavior were immobilization, frozen face, shallow breathing and bradycardia. One of the 8 newborns had sudden collapse 2h after birth. We found significant relationships between maternal prenatal stress (PS) and IR (p=.037), and a close to significant one between infants' lividness at Time 0 and IR (p=.053). The first breath of the 31 newborns occurred before and was not associated with the first cry (pnewborns needs further research to determine if they are at risk for sudden infant death syndrome. This first report of an IR reaction at birth in human infants could open up new paths for improving early neonatal care. Further research is needed for maternal PS, stress hormones, umbilical cord blood pH measurements in IR newborns. The challenge of education and support for parents of IR newborns is outlined. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  14. Sleep-wake cycle of the healthy term newborn infant in the immediate postnatal period.

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    Korotchikova, Irina; Stevenson, Nathan J; Livingstone, Vicki; Ryan, C Anthony; Boylan, Geraldine B

    2016-04-01

    To examine sleep-wake cycle (SWC) composition of healthy term infants in the immediate postnatal period using EEG, and investigate factors that might influence it. Multichannel video-EEG was recorded for a median of 61.9 min (IQR: 60.0-69.3). The absolute and relative scores of sleep states were calculated for each infant's recording. Parametric/non-parametric statistical tests and multiple linear regression analysis were used to investigate the influence of perinatal factors on SWC composition. Eighty healthy term infants aged 1-36 h were studied. A well-developed SWC was evident as early as within the first 6h after birth. The mean (SD) percentage of active sleep (AS) was 52.1% (12.9) and quiet sleep (QS) was 38.6% (12.5). AS was longer and QS shorter in infants delivered by elective caesarean section (CS) compared to infants delivered by vaginal delivery or emergency CS. This is the first large cohort EEG study that has quantified neonatal sleep. SWC is clearly present immediately after birth, it is dominated by AS, and is influenced by mode of delivery. This knowledge of the early neonatal EEG/SWC can be used as reference data for EEG studies of neurologically compromised infants. Copyright © 2015 International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology. Published by Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

  15. Managing hypertension in the newborn infants

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    Azar Nickavar; Farahnak Assadi

    2014-01-01

    Hypertension in newborn infants, particularly those requiring intensive care, is becoming increasingly recognized, with prevalence of 0.2-3%. Recent studies have established normative tables for blood pressure (BP) in both term and pre-term infants based on the gestational age, postnatal age, gender, weight and height, identifying the neonates at increased risk for early-onset cardiovascular disease. Common causes of neonatal hypertension include thromboembolic complications secondary to umbi...

  16. Newborn infant skin: physiology, development, and care.

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    Visscher, Marty O; Adam, Ralf; Brink, Susanna; Odio, Mauricio

    2015-01-01

    Infant skin is critical to the newborn child's transition from the womb environment to the journey to self-sufficiency. This review provides an integrative perspective on the skin development in full term and premature infants. There is a particular focus on the role of vernix caseosa and on the implications of skin development for epidermal penetration of exogenous compounds. Healthy full-term newborn skin is well-developed and functional at birth, with a thick epidermis and well-formed stratum corneum (SC) layers. Transepidermal water loss is very low at birth, equal to, or lower than adults, indicating a highly effective skin barrier. Vernix facilitates SC development in full-term infants through a variety of mechanisms including physical protection from amniotic fluid and enzymes, antimicrobial effects, skin surface pH lowering, provision of lipids, and hydration. Premature infants, particularly those of very low birth weight, have a poor skin barrier with few cornified layers and deficient dermal proteins. They are at increased risk for skin damage, increased permeability to exogenous agents and infection. The SC barrier develops rapidly after birth but complete maturation requires weeks to months. The best methods for caring for infant skin, particularly in the diaper region, are described and related to these developmental changes. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  17. Hormonal, electrolyte disturbances and features of hemostasis in term newborn infants of mothers with gestational diabetes mellitus.

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    Evgeniy Viktorovich Mikhalev

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available The article reviews the available data on investigations in the field of electrolyte (calcium, magnesium, hormonal (insulin, leptin and hemostasis disturbances in term newborns from women with gestational diabetes; possible mechanisms of their development are also highlighted. The review describes changes in blood glucose concentration in term newborns from women with gestational diabetes, and their impact on the child's condition. In addition to already known factors causing macrosomia and other metabolic disorders in term neonates, the role of leptin (peptide hormone that regulates energy metabolism is quite discussable. Low leptin levels lead to the development of obesity. It is also confirmed, that leptin influences brain development of the newborn, leading to later cognitive deficits in children from women with GDM.The aim of the review is to summarize the available data on investigations in the field of electrolyte (calcium, magnesium, hormonal (insulin, leptin and hemostasis disturbances in term newborns from women with gestational diabetes.

  18. Gentamicin pharmacokinetics in term newborn infants receiving high-frequency oscillatory ventilation or conventional mechanical ventilation: a case-controlled study.

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    Bhatt-Mehta, Varsha; Donn, Steven M

    2003-10-01

    To compare the pharmacokinetics of gentamicin in infants receiving high-frequency oscillatory ventilation (HFOV) with infants receiving conventional mechanical ventilation. A case-controlled study design was used to compare the pharmacokinetics of gentamicin in critically ill infants receiving HFOV and conventional mechanical ventilation. Medical records of all full-term newborn infants (> or =37 weeks gestational age) who received either high-frequency mechanical ventilation or conventional mechanical ventilation between 1991 and 2001 were reviewed and relevant patient demographics, renal function tests and gentamicin administration and plasma concentration data collected. Elimination rate constant, half-life, volume of distribution and clearance for both groups were calculated using standard kinetics equations. A tertiary care children's hospital. Newborn infants, > or =37 weeks gestational age, receiving gentamicin and high-frequency mechanical ventilation or conventional mechanical ventilation. In total, 18 patients were included in the conventional mechanical ventilation group and 15 in the HFOV group. The mean gentamicin dose for conventional mechanical ventilation and HFOV groups infants were 2.52+/-0.07 and 2.5+/-0.07 mg/kg/dose, respectively. Initial dosing interval was 12 hours in all of the conventional mechanical ventilation infants and 13 of the 15 HFOV infants. The dosing interval for the remaining two HFOV infants was 18 hours. No patient in either group demonstrated oliguria. Statistical analysis using the Student t-test for unequal variances yielded significant differences between the two groups with regard to elimination rate constant, half-life, volume of distribution and clearance, with a p value of mechanical ventilation group (13.4+2.23) (p>0.05). Infants receiving HFOV had reduced gentamicin clearance. Full-term infants receiving HFOV should be initiated at gentamicin dosing intervals of 18 hours rather than the traditional 12 hours

  19. Long-term physical and neurologic development in newborn infants with isolated single umbilical artery.

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    Chetty-John, Shilpa; Zhang, Jun; Chen, Zhen; Albert, Paul; Sun, Liping; Klebanoff, Mark; Grewal, Una

    2010-10-01

    This study compared birth parameters and the longitudinal course in physical and neurologic development between children with 2 and 3 vessel umbilical cords. Our study of the Collaborative Perinatal Project included singletons of at least 24 weeks' gestation with single umbilical artery at birth and no identifiable congenital anomalies. Demographics that were collected included maternal age, race, smoking status, and socioeconomic index. Delivery data included gestational age, birthweight, Apgar scores, placental weight, and umbilical cord insertion and length. Growth and neurodevelopmental parameters were collected at various intervals from birth to 7 years. There were 263 infants with isolated single umbilical artery and 41,415 infants with 3 vessel cords. A random effect model that controlled for potential confounders did not show clinically significant differences in the physical and neurodevelopment measures between these groups. Our study shows no evidence of differential longitudinal physical growth or neurologic outcomes between infants with 2 or 3 vessel cords. Published by Mosby, Inc.

  20. Advances in nutrition of the newborn infant.

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    Harding, Jane E; Cormack, Barbara E; Alexander, Tanith; Alsweiler, Jane M; Bloomfield, Frank H

    2017-04-22

    Nutrition of newborn infants, particularly of those born preterm, has advanced substantially in recent years. Extremely preterm infants have high nutrient demands that are challenging to meet, such that growth faltering is common. Inadequate growth is associated with poor neurodevelopmental outcomes, and although improved early growth is associated with better cognitive outcomes, there might be a trade-off in terms of worse metabolic outcomes, although the contribution of early nutrition to these associations is not established. New developments include recommendations to increase protein supply, improve formulations of parenteral lipids, and provide mineral supplements while encouraging human milk feeding. However, high quality evidence of the risks and benefits of these developments is lacking. Clinical trials are also needed to assess the effect on preterm infants of experiencing the smell and taste of milk, to determine whether boys and girls should be fed differently, and to test effects of insulin and IGF-1 supplements on growth and developmental outcomes. Moderate-to-late preterm infants have neonatal nutritional challenges that are similar to those infants born at earlier gestations, but even less high quality evidence exists upon which to base clinical decisions. The focus of research in nutrition of infants born at term is largely directed at new formula products that will improve cognitive and metabolic outcomes. Providing the most effective nutrition to preterm infants should be prioritised as an important focus of neonatal care research to improve long-term metabolic and developmental outcomes. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  1. Infant and Newborn Nutrition - Multiple Languages

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    ... Are Here: Home → Multiple Languages → All Health Topics → Infant and Newborn Nutrition URL of this page: https://medlineplus.gov/languages/ ... V W XYZ List of All Topics All Infant and Newborn Nutrition - Multiple Languages To use the sharing features on ...

  2. Circulating insulin-like growth factor I levels in newborn premature and full-term infants followed longitudinally.

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    Lineham, J D; Smith, R M; Dahlenburg, G W; King, R A; Haslam, R R; Stuart, M C; Faull, L

    1986-02-01

    Longitudinal circulating levels of insulin-like growth factor I (IGF-I) were measured by radioimmunoassay after acid/ethanol extraction of serum or plasma in 44 appropriate-for-gestational age (AGA) premature infants, 7 small-for-gestational age (SGA) premature infants and 9 AGA full-term infants. The subjects were divided into cohorts with gestational age at birth 26-29 weeks, 30-33 weeks, 34-37 weeks and 38-42 weeks (full-term). The premature infants in this study exhibited diminished growth as compared with normal intrauterine growth. In all but the earliest premature infant cohort there was an immediate fall from the mean fetal IGF-I level, as reflected by the cord value, to a basal postnatal circulating level of IGF-I. The basal level of circulating IGF-I in premature infants was related only to gestational age. It increased slowly from 25 weeks gestation until four weeks after full-term equivalent and was independent of time of birth. Full-term infants were distinguished from early premature infants by the occurrence of a prominent postnatal surge in circulating IGF-I levels that was characterised by a significant (P less than 0.02) increase between day 1 and days 10-15. The SGA and AGA infants in the 34-37 week cohort showed similar profiles of circulating IGF-I with no significant difference in cord values between the two groups.

  3. Validity of behavioral and physiologic parameters for acute pain assessment of term newborn infants

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    Andrea Lübe de S Thiago Pereira

    1999-03-01

    Full Text Available CONTEXT: The subjectivity of pain causes enormous difficulties in evaluating neonatal pain with a single, practical and easy-to-apply tool. Pain evaluation in the neonatal period should be performed by valid, safe, useful and feasible methods. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the validity of the Neonatal Facial Coding System (NFCS, Neonatal Infant Pain Scale (NIPS, heart rate (HR and O2 saturation (O2 sat for neonatal pain assessment. DESIGN: Prospective, double-blind randomized trial. SETTING: A secondary level maternity hospital. PARTICIPANTS: 70 healthy neonates requiring bilirubin dosage were randomly assigned to receive a venous puncture (P: n=33, BW 3.2kg, SD 0.6; GA 39wk, SD 1; 59h of life, SD 25 or an alcohol swab friction (F: n=37; BW 3.1kg, SD 0.5; GA 39wk, SD 1; 52h of life, SD 17. INTERVENTION: All measurements were taken prior to (PRE, during (T0, and 1(T1, 3(T3, 5(T5 and 10(T10 minutes after the procedure. MEASUREMENTS: A neonatologist evaluated NFCS, NIPS, HR and O2 sat by pulse oxymetry. RESULTS: Median NFCS and NIPS results at T0, T1 and T3 were higher in P group, compared to F. More P neonates presented NFCS >2 and/or NIPS >3 at T0, T1 and T3. HR was lower in P group at T1. Average O2 sat was above 90% during the whole study period in both groups. CONCLUSION: NFCS and NIPS are suitable instruments for neonatal pain evaluation. Heart rate and O2 saturation can be used only as auxiliary methods.

  4. Newborn infant pain assessment using heart rate variability analysis.

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    Faye, Papa M; De Jonckheere, Julien; Logier, Regis; Kuissi, Eliane; Jeanne, Mathieu; Rakza, Thameur; Storme, Laurent

    2010-01-01

    Systems controlling cardiovascular function are closely coupled with the perception of pain. Heart rate variability (HRV) is a well-established noninvasive measure of cardiac autonomic control. We hypothesized that pain may alter HRV in the newborn infant and that HRV analysis could be used as an indicator of prolonged pain in the newborn infant. To test the hypothesis, we measured the magnitude of the heart rate high-frequency variations using an innovative High Frequency Variability Index (HFVI) in newborn infants at risk of postoperative pain. We investigated newborn infants with a gestational age (GA) more than 34 weeks, and who were admitted after a major surgical procedure. Inclusions ranged from 2 to 72 hours after the surgery. The postoperative pain was scored using EDIN scale (neonatal pain and discomfort scale) at the end of the 2 hours recording period. The infants were separated in: (1) Group "Low EDIN," when EDIN=5. Predictive positive and negative values of a threshold value of HFVI in assessing pain have been studied. Twenty-eight newborn infants were enrolled in the study (mean GA=37.8+/-1.5 wk) at a median delay between the surgery and the recording of 5 hours. Mean EDIN were 2+/-1 and 7+/-2 in respectively the groups "Low EDIN" and "High EDIN." The 2 groups were similar for GA, basal heart and respiratory rates, SpO2, mean arterial blood pressure, and morphine infusion rate. HFVI was significantly lower in the group "High EDIN" than in the group "Low EDIN" (0.7+/-0.2 vs. 1.2+/-0.3, respectively; P=5, with a sensitivity of 90%, and a specificity of 75%. The results of this study indicate that postoperative pain is associated with a decreased high-frequency HRV in full-term newborn infants. Our findings suggest that HRV could be used as an indicator to assess prolonged pain in the newborn infants.

  5. Amino acid composition of parturient plasma, the intervillous space of the placenta and the umbilical vein of term newborn infants

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    J.S. Camelo Jr.

    2004-05-01

    Full Text Available The objective of the present study was to determine the levels of amino acids in maternal plasma, placental intervillous space and fetal umbilical vein in order to identify the similarities and differences in amino acid levels in these compartments of 15 term newborns from normal pregnancies and deliveries. All amino acids, except tryptophan, were present in at least 186% higher concentrations in the intervillous space than in maternal venous blood, with the difference being statistically significant. This result contradicted the initial hypothesis of the study that the plasma amino acid levels in the placental intervillous space should be similar to those of maternal plasma. When the maternal venous compartment was compared with the umbilical vein, we observed values 103% higher on the fetal side which is compatible with currently accepted mechanisms of active amino acid transport. Amino acid levels of the placental intervillous space were similar to the values of the umbilical vein except for proline, glycine and aspartic acid, whose levels were significantly higher than fetal umbilical vein levels (average 107% higher. The elevated levels of the intervillous space are compatible with syncytiotrophoblast activity, which maintain high concentrations of free amino acids inside syncytiotrophoblast cells, permitting asymmetric efflux or active transport from the trophoblast cells to the blood in the intervillous space. The plasma amino acid levels in the umbilical vein of term newborns probably may be used as a standard of local normality for clinical studies of amino acid profiles.

  6. [Advantage of delayed umbilical cord clamping in the newborn infant].

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    Menget, A; Mougey, C; Thiriez, G; Riethmuller, D

    2013-09-01

    The timing of umbilical cord clamping remains controversial. Although most maternity wards use the early clamping (5-15s), randomized studies and meta-analyses have demonstrated the benefit of delayed clamping for term and preterm newborn infants over the past 10 years. Indeed, placentofetal transfusion of 20-30 ml/kg in 2-3 min improves the iron status of term infants and prevents infant hypochromic anemia. Infant anemia is a public health problem in many developing countries. For preterm newborns, placental transfusion for 45 s or milking the cord for 15 s improves cardiovascular adaptation, with better hemodynamic stability, as well as decreased intraventricular hemorrhages, need for transfusion, and late-onset sepsis. A new look at this symbolic act is needed and professionals need to be persuaded of the importance of the "wait a minute" policy for a better physiological delivery. Copyright © 2013. Published by Elsevier SAS.

  7. Surveillance of extreme hyperbilirubinaemia in Denmark. A method to identify the newborn infants

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    Bjerre, J.V.; Petersen, Jes Reinholdt; Ebbesen, F.

    2008-01-01

    AIM: To describe the incidence of infants born at term or near-term with extreme hyperbilirubinaemia. METHODS: The study period was between 1 January 2002 and 31 December 2005, and included all infants born alive at term or near-term in Denmark. Medical reports on all newborn infants with a total...

  8. Reye's syndrome in a newborn infant

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    Papageorgiou, Apostolos; Wiglesworth, F. W.; Schiff, David; Stern, Leo

    1973-01-01

    A case of Reye's syndrome in a newborn infant, believed to be the first recorded in the perinatal period, is reported. The clinical, biochemical and histological findings are those previously recognized in older infants. The intractable acidosis, hypoglycemia and extreme degree of lactic acidosis reflect an advanced degree of hepatic involvement, probably initiated in utero, with resultant impairment of glycogenolysis and intermediary metabolism. ImagesFIG. 1FIG. 2FIG. 3FIG. 4FIG. 5 PMID:4746131

  9. Deuterium equilibrium time in saliva of newborn infants.

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    Traver, Luis Angelo Marti; Martinez, Francisco Eulógio; Ferriolli, Eduardo; Marchini, Júlio Sérgio; Monteiro, Jacqueline Pontes; Pfrimer, Karina; Sanchez, Ana Paula Michelin; de Oliveira, Thais; Ducatti, Carlos; Camelo, José Simon

    2009-04-01

    There is an increasing interest about the use of stable isotopes for body composition analysis in pediatrics. To ensure the success of total body water analysis by the deuterium dilution method, it is fundamental to determine the equilibrium time (plateau) of deuterium in the body fluid studied. We report here the equilibration time of deuterium oxide in the saliva of newborns after oral intake of the isotope. Twenty healthy term newborn infants, 10 males and 10 females, were analyzed. Saliva was collected from each newborn before the oral administration of a 100 mg/kg dose of deuterium oxide (baseline sample) and then at 1-hour intervals for 5 hours after administration. Deuterium enrichment of saliva was determined by isotope ratio mass spectrometry according to the recommendations of the International Atomic Energy Agency. The plateau time of deuterium in saliva occurred 3 hours after oral administration of the stable isotope. These data are essential for further studies on the body composition of newborn infants. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first study regarding the equilibration time of deuterium in the saliva of term newborns.

  10. Weaning newborn infants from mechanical ventilation

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    Paolo Biban

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available Invasive mechanical ventilation is a life-saving procedure which is largely used in neonatal intensive care units, particularly in very premature newborn infants. However, this essential treatment may increase mortality and cause substantial morbidity, including lung or airway injuries, unplanned extubations, adverse hemodynamic effects, analgosedative dependency and severe infectious complications, such as ventilator-associated pneumonia. Therefore, limiting the duration of airway intubation and mechanical ventilator support is crucial for the neonatologist, who should aim to a shorter process of discontinuing mechanical ventilation as well as an earlier appreciation of readiness for spontaneous breathing trials. Unfortunately, there is scarce information about the best ways to perform an effective weaning process in infants undergoing mechanical ventilation, thus in most cases the weaning course is still based upon the individual judgment of the attending clinician. Nonetheless, some evidence indicate that volume targeted ventilation modes are more effective in reducing the duration of mechanical ventilation than traditional pressure limited ventilation modes, particularly in very preterm babies. Weaning and extubation directly from high frequency ventilation could be another option, even though its effectiveness, when compared to switching and subsequent weaning and extubating from conventional ventilation, is yet to be adequately investigated. Some data suggest the use of weaning protocols could reduce the weaning time and duration of mechanical ventilation, but better designed prospective studies are still needed to confirm these preliminary observations. Finally, the implementation of short spontaneous breathing tests in preterm infants has been shown to be beneficial in some centres, favoring an earlier extubation at higher ventilatory settings compared with historical controls, without worsening the extubation failure rate. Further

  11. Transcutaneous bilirubinometry in the newborn infant: state of the art.

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    Hegyi, T

    1986-01-01

    Hyperbilirubinemia in the newborn infant continues to challenge physicians. Clinical evaluation and treatment have evolved well-established principles over the past decade. This review examines neonatal bilirubin metabolism and focuses on a recently developed clinical diagnostic tool, the transcutaneous bilirubinometer. In spite of some limitations, the transcutaneous bilirubinometer can be best applied as a screening tool to identify healthy full-term infants who require serum bilirubin determination. With proper application, this device can eliminate most invasive diagnostic testing. Optimal use of the instrument requires the relationship between the serum bilirubin concentration and the transcutaneous bilirubinometer index to be determined for each device, institution, and population.

  12. Prediction of hyperglycemia in preterm newborn infants

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    Falcão Mário Cícero

    1999-01-01

    Full Text Available Many conditions are associated with hyperglycemia in preterm neonates because they are very susceptible to changes in carbohydrate homeostasis. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the occurrence of hyperglycemia in preterm infants undergoing glucose infusion during the first week of life, and to enumerate the main variables predictive of hyperglycemia. This prospective study (during 1994 included 40 preterm neonates (gestational age 31 weeks, birth weight (1500 g, glucose infusion rate (6 mg/kg/min and clinical status (stable vs. unstable. Multivariate analysis by logistic regression gave the following mathematical model for predicting the probability of hyperglycemia: 1/exp{-3.1437 + 0.5819(GA + 0.9234(GIR + 1.0978(Clinical status} The main predictive variables in our study, in increasing order of importance, were gestational age, glucose infusion rate and, the clinical status (stable or unstable of the preterm newborn infant. The probability of hyperglycemia ranged from 4.1% to 36.9%.

  13. Neuromuscular paralysis for newborn infants receiving mechanical ventilation.

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    Cools, F; Offringa, M

    2005-04-18

    mortality, air leak or chronic lung disease, but there was a significant reduction in intraventricular hemorrhage and a trend towards less severe intraventricular hemorrhages. In the subgroup analysis of trials studying a selected population of ventilated infants with evidence of asynchronous respiratory efforts, a significant reduction in intraventricular hemorrhage (any grade and severe IVH) was found, and a trend towards less air leak. In the subgroup analysis of trials studying an unselected population of ventilated infants, no significant differences were found for any of the outcomes. For ventilated preterm infants with evidence of asynchronous respiratory efforts, neuromuscular paralysis with pancuronium seems to have a favourable effect on intraventricular hemorrhage and possibly on air leak. Uncertainty remains, however, regarding the long term pulmonary and neurologic effects, and regarding the safety of prolonged use of pancuronium in ventilated newborn infants. There is no evidence from randomized trials on the effects of neuromuscular blocking agents other than pancuronium. The routine use of pancuronium or any other neuromuscular blocking agent in ventilated newborn infants cannot be recommended based on current evidence.

  14. Adult attention to infants in a newborn nursery.

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    Karraker, K H

    1986-01-01

    Six 3-hour observations of adult attention to infants in a newborn nursery were conducted to describe the amount and type of attention received by the infants and to determine if individual differences among infants were related to this attention. Most infants spent the majority of the observation time between feedings in the nursery and received attention from an adult in the nursery an average of 5.5% of the time. More infant crying was associated with longer adult attention, although this effect was largely attributable to a small group of particularly irritable infants in which circumcised males were overrepresented. A number of infant characteristics, including age, sex, race, physical attractiveness, degree of prematurity, crying, and eye opening, were associated with the content of the interaction between nurses' aides and newborns. These observations are discussed with respect to hospital practices concerning care of newborns and the potential effects on newborns of rooming-in with their mothers.

  15. Compound muscle action potentials in newborn infants with spina bifida.

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    Geerdink, N.; Pasman, J.W.; Rotteveel, J.J.; Roeleveld, N.; Mullaart, R.A.

    2008-01-01

    The aim of this study was to investigate the relationship between compound muscle action potentials (CMAPs) and neurological impairment in newborn infants with spina bifida. Thirty-one newborn infants (17 males, 14 females, mean gestational age 39 wks [SD 2]; mean birthweight 3336 g [SD 496]) with

  16. Power reflectance testing in newborns and infants.

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    Lima, Ticianna Garambone de Cerqueira; Becker, Helena Maria Gonçalves; Becker, Celso Gonçalves; Ferreira, Daniele Barreto da Cunha; Resende, Camilo Brandão de; Guimarães, Roberto Eustáquio Santos

    2015-01-01

    Auditory screening in newborns allows for detection of hearing problems early in life. However, middle ear diseases can make the diagnosis more difficult. To evaluate the power reflectance test as an indicator of the middle ear disease and to compare it to tympanometry. Case study evaluating 105 newborns and infants who participated in the audiology screening in 2013. The following exams were performed: transient otoacoustic emissions, power reflectance, and tympanometry. In the optoacoustic emission evaluation, approximately 95% of the subjects passed the test. The specificity of power reflectance in all frequencies studied ranged from 75.3% to 95.9%, and that of tympanometry at 1000Hz ranged from 83% to 87.2%; there was agreement among these exams. The outcome of power reflectance tests at 2000Hz and 3000Hz showed a correlation with tympanometry and otoacoustic emissions, and these were the most appropriate frequencies to determine middle ear disease through power reflectance measurement. It was also observed that values of power reflectance above reference levels suggested the presence of fluid in the middle ear, and thus a conductive hearing loss. Copyright © 2015 Associação Brasileira de Otorrinolaringologia e Cirurgia Cérvico-Facial. Published by Elsevier Editora Ltda. All rights reserved.

  17. Neuromuscular paralysis for newborn infants receiving mechanical ventilation

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    Cools, F.; Offringa, M.

    2005-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Ventilated newborn infants breathing in asynchrony with the ventilator are at risk for complications during mechanical ventilation, such as pneumothorax or intraventricular hemorrhage, and are exposed to more severe barotrauma, which consequently could impair their clinical outcome.

  18. Colonization and infection in the newborn infant: Does chlorhexidine play a role in infection prevention?

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    Ortegón, Lizeth; Puentes-Herrera, Marcela; Corrales, Ivohne F; Cortés, Jorge A

    2017-02-01

    Healthcare-associated infections are a major problem in newborn infants, considering their high morbidity, mortality, and long-term sequelae. In preterm infants, it has been shown that skin and gastrointestinal tract colonization undergoes variations compared to healthy term infants, and that preterm infants are more exposed to nosocomial microorganisms given their higher probability of being admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit where they are cared for. This document reviews normal colonization, the changes observed during hospitalization, prematurity, and the potential role of chlorhexidine in the prevention of resistant microorganism transmission, as well as its side effects in newborn infants admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit. Sociedad Argentina de Pediatría.

  19. Towards evidence-based resuscitation of the newborn infant.

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    Manley, Brett J; Owen, Louise S; Hooper, Stuart B; Jacobs, Susan E; Cheong, Jeanie L Y; Doyle, Lex W; Davis, Peter G

    2017-04-22

    Effective resuscitation of the newborn infant has the potential to save many lives around the world and reduce disabilities in children who survive peripartum asphyxia. In this Series paper, we highlight some of the important advances in the understanding of how best to resuscitate newborn infants, which includes monitoring techniques to guide resuscitative efforts, increasing awareness of the adverse effects of hyperoxia, delayed umbilical cord clamping, the avoidance of routine endotracheal intubation for extremely preterm infants, and therapeutic hypothermia for hypoxic-ischaemic encephalopathy. Despite the challenges of performing high-quality clinical research in the delivery room, researchers continue to refine and advance our knowledge of effective resuscitation of newborn infants through scientific experiments and clinical trials. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  20. The contrast sensitivity of the newborn human infant.

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    Brown, Angela M; Lindsey, Delwin T; Cammenga, Joanna G; Giannone, Peter J; Stenger, Michael R

    2015-01-06

    To measure the binocular contrast sensitivity (CS) of newborn infants using a fixation-and-following card procedure. The CS of 119 healthy newborn infants was measured using stimuli printed on cards under the descending method of limits (93 infants) and randomized/masked designs (26 infants). One experienced and one novice adult observer tested the infants using vertical square-wave gratings (0.06 and 0.10 cyc/deg; 20/10,000 and 20/6000 nominal Snellen equivalent); the experienced observer also tested using horizontal gratings (0.10 cyc/deg) and using the Method of Constant Stimuli while being kept unaware of the stimulus values. The CS of the newborn infant was 2.0 (contrast threshold = 0.497; 95% confidence interval: 0.475-0.524) for vertically oriented gratings and 1.74 (threshold = 0.575; 95% confidence interval: 0.523-0.633) for horizontally oriented gratings (P newborn human infants can be measured using a fixation-and-following card procedure. Copyright 2015 The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, Inc.

  1. Frenotomy for tongue-tie in newborn infants.

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    O'Shea, Joyce E; Foster, Jann P; O'Donnell, Colm Pf; Breathnach, Deirdre; Jacobs, Susan E; Todd, David A; Davis, Peter G

    2017-03-11

    Tongue-tie, or ankyloglossia, is a condition whereby the lingual frenulum attaches near the tip of the tongue and may be short, tight and thick. Tongue-tie is present in 4% to 11% of newborns. Tongue-tie has been cited as a cause of poor breastfeeding and maternal nipple pain. Frenotomy, which is commonly performed, may correct the restriction to tongue movement and allow more effective breastfeeding with less maternal nipple pain. To determine whether frenotomy is safe and effective in improving ability to feed orally among infants younger than three months of age with tongue-tie (and problems feeding).Also, to perform subgroup analysis to determine the following.• Severity of tongue-tie before frenotomy as measured by a validated tool (e.g. Hazelbaker Assessment Tool for Lingual Frenulum Function (ATLFF) scores 10 days to three months of age).• Severity of feeding difficulty (infants with feeding difficulty affecting weight gain (as assessed by infant's not regaining birth weight by day 14 or falling off centiles); infants with symptomatic feeding difficulty but thriving (greater than birth weight by day 14 and tracking centiles). We searched the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL), MEDLINE, Embase and CINAHL up to January 2017, as well as previous reviews including cross-references, expert informants and journal handsearching. We searched clinical trials databases for ongoing and recently completed trials. We applied no language restrictions. Randomised, quasi-randomised controlled trials or cluster-randomised trials that compared frenotomy versus no frenotomy or frenotomy versus sham procedure in newborn infants. Review authors extracted from the reports of clinical trials data regarding clinical outcomes including infant feeding, maternal nipple pain, duration of breastfeeding, cessation of breastfeeding, infant pain, excessive bleeding, infection at the site of frenotomy, ulceration at the site of frenotomy, damage to the tongue and

  2. Hyperinsulinism associated with gestational exposure to bupropion in a newborn infant.

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    Gisslen, Tate; Nathan, Brandon; Thompson, Theodore; Rao, Raghavendra

    2011-01-01

    This case report describes severe hyperinsulinism in a term newborn infant without typical perinatal risk factors for transient hyperinsulinism. The mother had received bupropion, an antidepressant and aid to smoking cessation, throughout pregnancy. The infant presented with profound hypoglycemia and seizures on the 3rd day of life. Laboratory investigation confirmed hyperinsulinism. Stable euglycemia could be achieved only after starting diazoxide. The infant was weaned from diazoxide by 10 weeks of age without recurrence of hypoglycemia, signifying the transient nature of hyperinsulinism. This is the first reported case of a potential association between maternal bupropion use during pregnancy and neonatal hyperinsulinism, and highlights the importance of close monitoring of similar infants.

  3. Processing of Horizontal Sound Localization Cues in Newborn Infants.

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    Németh, Renáta; Háden, Gábor P; Török, Miklós; Winkler, István

    2015-01-01

    By measuring event-related brain potentials (ERPs), the authors tested the sensitivity of the newborn auditory cortex to sound lateralization and to the most common cues of horizontal sound localization. Sixty-eight healthy full-term newborn infants were presented with auditory oddball sequences composed of frequent and rare noise segments in four experimental conditions. The authors tested in them the detection of deviations in the primary cues of sound lateralization (interaural time and level difference) and in actual sound source location (free-field and monaural sound presentation). ERP correlates of deviance detection were measured in two time windows. Deviations in both primary sound localization cues and the ear of stimulation elicited a significant ERP difference in the early (90 to 140 msec) time window. Deviance in actual sound source location (the free-field condition) elicited a significant response in the late (290 to 340 msec) time window. The early differential response may indicate the detection of a change in the respective auditory features. The authors suggest that the late differential response, which was only elicited by actual sound source location deviation, reflects the detection of location deviance integrating the various cues of sound source location. Although the results suggest that all of the tested binaural cues are processed by the neonatal auditory cortex, utilizing the cues for locating sound sources of these cues may require maturation and learning.

  4. [Clinical features of early newborn infants with congenital heart disease].

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    Yu, Guoping; Mao, Liangyuan; Chen, Shaozhi

    2014-06-01

    To analyze the clinical feature of early newborn infants with congenital heart disease. We retrospectively analyzed the clinical features of 477 newborn infants with congenital heart disease born within seven days out of 28 050 live births in Shaoxing women and children hospital from October 1, 2009 to September 30, 2012. Infants with congenital heart disease were divided into single malformation group (240 cases), composite deformity group (199 cases) and multiple malformations group (38 cases). Differences of clinical feature were compared between the three groups. Atrial septal defect was the most malformation 91.6% (437/477) .Incidence of preterm birth was higher in newborn inants with congenital heart disease [512.23/10 000(134/2 616)] than infants without without congenital heart disease [134.86/10 000 (343/25 434) , P congenital heart disease groups was similar (P > 0.05) . The incidence of small for gestational age in congenital heart disease group (10.90%, 52/477) was also significantly higher than those without congenital heart disease group (5.91%, 1 630/27 573, P congenital heart disease of complex malformations, multiple malformations groups was higher than that in the single malformation group (P congenital heart disease. The incidence of preterm is higher in newborn infants with congenital heart disease. Complex and multiple malformations are linked with small for gestational age birth weight.

  5. Risk factors and adverse perinatal outcomes among term and preterm infants born small-for-gestational-age: secondary analyses of the WHO Multi-Country Survey on Maternal and Newborn Health.

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    Full Text Available Small for gestational age (SGA is not only a major indicator of perinatal mortality and morbidity, but also the morbidity risks in later in life. We aim to estimate the association between the birth of SGA infants and the risk factors and adverse perinatal outcomes among twenty-nine countries in Africa, Latin America, the Middle East and Asia in 359 health facilities in 2010-11.We analysed facility-based, cross-sectional data from the WHO Multi-country Survey on Maternal and Newborn Health. We constructed multilevel logistic regression models with random effects for facilities and countries to estimate the risk factors for SGA infants using country-specific birthweight reference standards in preterm and term delivery, and SGA's association with adverse perinatal outcomes. We compared the risks and adverse perinatal outcomes with appropriate for gestational age (AGA infants categorized by preterm and term delivery.A total of 295,829 singleton infants delivered were analysed. The overall prevalence of SGA was highest in Cambodia (18.8%, Nepal (17.9%, the Occupied Palestinian Territory (16.1%, and Japan (16.0%, while the lowest was observed in Afghanistan (4.8%, Uganda (6.6% and Thailand (9.7%. The risk of preterm SGA infants was significantly higher among nulliparous mothers and mothers with chronic hypertension and preeclampsia/eclampsia (aOR: 2.89; 95% CI: 2.55-3.28 compared with AGA infants. Higher risks of term SGA were observed among sociodemographic factors and women with preeclampsia/eclampsia, anaemia and other medical conditions. Multiparity (> = 3 (AOR: 0.88; 95% CI: 0.83-0.92 was a protective factor for term SGA. The risk of perinatal mortality was significantly higher in preterm SGA deliveries in low to high HDI countries.Preterm SGA is associated with medical conditions related to preeclampsia, but not with sociodemographic status. Term SGA is associated with sociodemographic status and various medical conditions.

  6. The Profile Of Congenital Malformation Among Newborn Infants In ...

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    Objective: The study pattern of congenital malformations (CM) among newborn infants in Calabar, South-south Nigeria. Patients and Methods: Medical records of all inborn and out-born neonates who were admitted and treated for CM in University of Calabar teaching Hospital (UCTH) from 1997 to 2006 (10 years) were ...

  7. Feed thickener for newborn infants with gastro-oesophageal reflux.

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    Huang, R C; Forbes, D A; Davies, M W

    2002-01-01

    Gastro-oesophageal reflux (GOR) is common in newborn infants. A common first line management is the use of feed thickeners. In newborn infants with GOR, to evaluate the use of feed thickeners in reducing signs and symptoms of GOR, acid episodes on pH monitoring and histological evidence of oesophagitis. We searched MEDLINE from 1966 to December 2001, the Cochrane Controlled Trials Register, The Cochrane Library, Issue 1, 2002. CINAHL from 1982 to December 2001, and conference and symposia proceedings published in Pediatric Research 1990 to 1994. We also searched conference proceedings for the European Society for Paediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition (ESPGAN) and the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition (NASPGAN) from 1994 to December 2001. We did not restrict the searches to the English language. All randomised controlled trials that examine the effects of thickening formulas on treating gastro-oesophageal reflux in neonates. The eligible studies were to compare thickened feeds to no intervention (unthickened feeds). Two independent reviewers identified potential studies from the literature search. Quality was independently assessed by two independent reviewers. No studies fulfilled the requirements for inclusion in the systematic review. There is no evidence from randomised controlled trials to support or refute the efficacy of feed thickeners in newborn infants with GOR. Given the absence of evidence, we cannot recommend using thickening agents for management of GOR in newborn infants.

  8. What do we really know about newborn infant pain?

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    Fitzgerald, Maria

    2015-12-01

    What is the topic of this review? Pain in infancy. What advances does it highlight? New neurophysiological research on pain processing in the human infant brain. Increased awareness of pain in the newborn has led to the development of numerous assessment tools for use in neonatal intensive care units. Here, I argue that we still know too little about the neurophysiological basis for infant pain to interpret data from clinical observational measures. With increased understanding of how the neural activity and CNS connections that underlie pain behaviour and perception develop in the newborn will come better measurement and treatment of their pain. This review focuses upon two interconnected nociceptive circuits, the spinal cord dorsal horn and the somatosensory cortex in the brain, to highlight what we know and what we do not know about infant pain. The effectiveness of oral sucrose, widely used in clinical practice to relieve infant pain, is discussed as a specific example of what we do not know. This 'hot topic review' highlights the importance of new laboratory-based neurophysiological research for the treatment of newborn infant pain. © 2015 The Authors. Experimental Physiology © 2015 The Physiological Society.

  9. Short-Term Effects of Hydrokinesiotherapy in Hospitalized Preterm Newborns

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    de Oliveira Tobinaga, Welcy Cassiano; Abelenda, Vera Lucia Barros; de Sá, Paula Morisco

    2016-01-01

    Background. In the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) environment, preterm newborns are subject to environmental stress and numerous painful interventions. It is known that hydrokinesiotherapy promotes comfort and reduces stress because of the physiological properties of water. Objective. To evaluate the short-term effects of hydrokinesiotherapy on reducing stress in preterm newborns admitted to the NICU. Materials and Methods. Fifteen preterm newborns underwent salivary cortisol measurement, pain evaluation using the Neonatal Infant Pain Scale (NIPS), and heart rate, respiratory rate, and peripheral oxygen saturation measurements before and after the application of hydrokinesiotherapy. Results. The mean gestational age of the newborns was 34.2 ± 1.66 weeks, and the mean weight was 1823.3 ± 437.4 g. Immediately after application of hydrokinesiotherapy, a significant reduction was observed in salivary cortisol (p = 0.004), heart rate (p = 0.003), and respiratory rate (p = 0.004) and a significant increase was observed in peripheral oxygen saturation (p = 0.002). However, no significant difference was observed in the NIPS score (p > 0.05). Conclusion. In the present study, neonatal hydrotherapy promoted short-term relief from feelings of stress. Neonatal hydrokinesiotherapy may be a therapeutic alternative. However, this therapy needs to be studied in randomized, crossover, and blinded trials. This trial is registered with NCT02707731. PMID:27672453

  10. Short-Term Effects of Hydrokinesiotherapy in Hospitalized Preterm Newborns

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    Welcy Cassiano de Oliveira Tobinaga

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Background. In the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU environment, preterm newborns are subject to environmental stress and numerous painful interventions. It is known that hydrokinesiotherapy promotes comfort and reduces stress because of the physiological properties of water. Objective. To evaluate the short-term effects of hydrokinesiotherapy on reducing stress in preterm newborns admitted to the NICU. Materials and Methods. Fifteen preterm newborns underwent salivary cortisol measurement, pain evaluation using the Neonatal Infant Pain Scale (NIPS, and heart rate, respiratory rate, and peripheral oxygen saturation measurements before and after the application of hydrokinesiotherapy. Results. The mean gestational age of the newborns was 34.2±1.66 weeks, and the mean weight was 1823.3±437.4 g. Immediately after application of hydrokinesiotherapy, a significant reduction was observed in salivary cortisol (p=0.004, heart rate (p=0.003, and respiratory rate (p=0.004 and a significant increase was observed in peripheral oxygen saturation (p=0.002. However, no significant difference was observed in the NIPS score (p>0.05. Conclusion. In the present study, neonatal hydrotherapy promoted short-term relief from feelings of stress. Neonatal hydrokinesiotherapy may be a therapeutic alternative. However, this therapy needs to be studied in randomized, crossover, and blinded trials. This trial is registered with NCT02707731.

  11. [Newborn and infant fractures secondary to traditional massage].

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    Mboutol-Mandavo, C; N'dour, O; Ouedraogo, S F; Missengue-Bosseba, R; Ndiaye, D; Ngom, G

    2016-09-01

    The traditional massage of the newborn and young infant is an ancient practice in Africa and other regions. It has many benefits that are currently recognized, even in Western societies. However, it can be dangerous. We report two cases of fractures of the femur and clavicle that occurred in a 17-day-old newborn and a 1-month-old infant secondary to a traditional massage. In both cases, there was no concept of trauma or a history of osteogenesis imperfecta in the family or the presence of other fractures suggesting abuse. We concluded in a fracture caused by traditional massage in both cases. Given its many benefits as described in the literature, the traditional massage of young infants cannot be considered a harmful practice. However, it should be practiced with care to prevent the occurrence of such complications. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  12. Disruption of intracardiac flow patterns in the newborn infant.

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    Groves, Alan M; Durighel, Giuliana; Finnemore, Anna; Tusor, Nora; Merchant, Nazakat; Razavi, Reza; Hajnal, Jo V; Edwards, A David

    2012-04-01

    Consistent patterns of rotational intracardiac flow have been demonstrated in the healthy adult human heart. Intracardiac rotational flow patterns are hypothesized to assist in the maintenance of kinetic energy of inflowing blood, augmenting cardiac function. Newborn cardiac function is known to be suboptimal secondary to decreased receptor number and sympathetic innervation, increased afterload, and increased reliance on atrial contraction to support ventricular filling. Patterns of intracardiac flow in the newborn have not previously been examined. Whereas 5 of the 13 infants studied showed significant evidence of rotational flow within the right atrium, 8 infants showed little or no rotational flow. Presence or absence of rotational flow was not related to gestational age, birth weight, postnatal age, atrial size, or image quality. Despite absence of intra-atrial rotational flow, atrioventricular valve flow into the left and right ventricles later in the cardiac cycle could be seen, suggesting that visualization techniques were adequate. While further study is required to assess its exact consequences on cardiac mechanics and energetics, disruption to intracardiac flow patterns could be another contributor to the multifactorial sequence that produces newborn circulatory failure. We studied 13 newborn infants, using three-dimensional (3D) cardiac magnetic resonance phase-contrast imaging (spatial resolution 0.84 mm, temporal resolution 22.6 ms) performed without sedation/anesthesia.

  13. Lingual frenulum and effect on breastfeeding in Thai newborn infants.

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    Ngerncham, Sopapan; Laohapensang, Mongkol; Wongvisutdhi, Thidaratana; Ritjaroen, Yupin; Painpichan, Nipa; Hakularb, Pussara; Gunnaleka, Panidaporn; Chaturapitphothong, Penpaween

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    Breastfeeding has abundant biological and psychological benefits. Effective breastfeeding requires good latching on, which is possible when the infant is able to cup around the maternal areola with his tongue. One of the most common conditions resulting in poor latching on is tongue-tie. To determine the prevalence of tongue-tie with subsequent breastfeeding difficulties and other factors affecting the success of breastfeeding in newborn infants. This was a prospective, cross-sectional study of healthy Thai infants without contraindications for breastfeeding. Physical examination of the infants and mothers and their breastfeeding practices were assessed between 24 and 48 hours of life. 2679 mother-infant dyads were recruited. The study detected a prevalence of 16% for severe tongue-tie, 37.9% of which was associated with breastfeeding difficulties. Using multiple logistic regression analysis, moderate (adjusted OR 13.3, 95% CI 7.2-24.5) and severe (adjusted OR 62, 95% CI 34.1-112.8) tongue-tie, short nipples (adjusted OR 1.5, 95% CI 1.1-2.2), mothers feeling the infant's tongue on the nipple area (adjusted OR 3.4, 95% CI 2.2-5.2) and mothers' inability to feel the infant's tongue (adjusted OR 11.8, 95% CI 4.3-32.4) independently increased the risk of breastfeeding difficulties. Tongue-tie is not uncommon and is associated with breastfeeding difficulty in newborn infants. Mothers of infants with severe tongue-tie should be closely and individually coached during breastfeeding and followed up, especially during the first critical weeks of the infant's life.

  14. Nutrition for healthy term infants

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    Nutrition for Healthy Term Infants is the new national statement on nutrition for infants from birth to 24 months, developed collaboratively by the Canadian Paediatric Society, Dietitians of Canada and Health Canada.

  15. Identification of generic and pathogen-specific cord blood monocyte transcriptomes reveals a largely conserved response in preterm and term newborn infants.

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    de Jong, Emma; Hancock, David G; Hibbert, Julie; Wells, Christine; Richmond, Peter; Simmer, Karen; Burgner, David; Strunk, Tobias; Currie, Andrew J

    2017-11-13

    Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus epidermidis are predominant causes of neonatal sepsis, particularly affecting preterm infants. Susceptibility to infection has been attributed to "immature" innate monocyte defences, but no studies have assessed global transcriptional responses of neonatal monocytes to these pathogens. Here, we aimed to identify and characterise the neonatal monocyte transcriptional responses to E. coli and S. epidermidis and the role of common modifiers such as gestational age (GA) and exposure to chorioamnionitis (a common complication of preterm birth) to better understand early life innate immune responses. RNA-sequencing was performed on purified cord blood monocytes from very preterm (neonatal monocyte response to infection, largely mediated by TLR/NF-κB/TREM-1 signalling. In addition, we observed an activated interferon-centred immune response specific to stimulation with E. coli in both preterm and term infants. These data provide novel insights into the functionality of neonatal monocytes at birth and highlight potential pathways that could be targeted to reduce the harmful effects of bacterial-induced inflammation in sepsis. E. coli and S. epidermidis elicit common transcriptional changes in cord monocytes. The common transcriptional response is mediated by TLR/NF-κB/TREM-1 signalling. IFN genes are differentially regulated by E. coli and S. epidermidis in monocytes. These responses are largely unaffected by GA or exposure to chorioamnionitis. E. coli and S. epidermidis elicit common transcriptional changes in cord monocytes. The common transcriptional response is mediated by TLR/NF-κB/TREM-1 signalling. IFN-genes are differentially regulated by E. coli and S. epidermidis in monocytes. These responses are largely unaffected by GA or exposure to chorioamnionitis.

  16. Newborn infants detect the beat in music

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    Winkler, I.; Háden, G.P.; Ladinig, O.; Sziller, I.; Honing, H.

    2009-01-01

    To shed light on how humans can learn to understand music, we need to discover what the perceptual capabilities with which infants are born. Beat induction, the detection of a regular pulse in an auditory signal, is considered a fundamental human trait that, arguably, played a decisive role in the

  17. Atherogenic lipid profile of Brazilian near-term newborns

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    Pardo I.M.C.G.

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available Cardiovascular disease is the primary cause of death in Brazil. Recent studies have shown that low birth weight and preterm birth are linked to a higher prevalence of cardiovascular disease. The aim of the present study was to compare the levels of lipids and apolipoproteins and atherogenic indexes between term and near-term newborn infants. A sample of umbilical cord blood was obtained from 135 newborns (66 males divided into two groups: 25 near-term neonates (35-36.6 weeks of gestational age and 110 term neonates (37-42 weeks of gestational age. The total cholesterol concentrations were higher in the near-term neonates than in the term group (94.04 ± 8.02 vs 70.42 ± 1.63 mg/dl, P < 0.01, due to an increase in the LDL-cholesterol fraction in the near-term group (57.76 ± 6.39 vs 34.38 ± 1.29 mg/dl, P < 0.001. The atherogenic indexes (total cholesterol/HDL-cholesterol, LDL-cholesterol/HDL-cholesterol and apolipoprotein B/apolipoprotein A-I were higher in the near-term group (P < 0.001, P < 0.001, and P < 0.05, respectively. The gestational age of the newborns was inversely correlated with total cholesterol and LDL-cholesterol, and also with the total cholesterol/HDL-cholesterol and LDL-cholesterol/HDL-cholesterol indexes. These findings demonstrate that the lipid profile is worse in the group of near-term neonates compared with the term group. Future studies are needed to determine if this atherogenic profile in near-term neonates can affect body metabolism, increasing the risk for cardiovascular diseases in adult life.

  18. Skin hamartoma on the hand of a newborn infant.

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    Kaga, Akimune; Itabashi, Chieko; Kanda, Susumu; Suzuki, Yutaka; Tanabu, Muneyuki; Kure, Shigeo

    2013-06-01

    Skin hamartoma is an extremely rare disease on the hand in newborn infants. Reported herein is the case of a newborn infant who presented with a skin hamartoma on the hand. The patient was a girl born at 37 weeks of gestational age. The mass was seen on her proximal left thumb at birth. The mass had a spherical diameter of 4 cm and was pedunculated. One the day after birth, the stalk on the mass was ligated in the neonatal intensive care unit. The mass was diagnosed as skin hamartoma on histopathology. At 1 year of age, the child had good hand function, and no recurrence of the neoplasia was evident. © 2013 The Authors. Pediatrics International © 2013 Japan Pediatric Society.

  19. Analysing the ocular biometry of new-born infants.

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    Rozema, Jos J; Herscovici, Zvi; Snir, Moshe; Axer-Siegel, Ruth

    2017-12-29

    To model and analyse the ocular biometry of new-born infants. This work is based on previously published data of a cohort of 66 new-born infants aged 0-3 days. After exclusion of seven myopic subjects, the available retinoscopy, keratometry and ultrasound biometry data were analysed, along with calculated parameters such as lens power and whole eye power. Male infants have significantly flatter corneas that female infants (Mann-Whitney U test, p  0.05), suggesting scaled eye growth during the last weeks before birth. Multivariate Gaussian analysis demonstrated that a statistical eye model can be defined that generates synthetic data that is significantly equal to the original data (non-parametric Mann-Whitney test for equality; all p Levene test; all p > 0.05). The eye undergoes a scaled growth until birth, at which time male and female infants have similar values. The models presented may serve as an early biometry reference. © 2017 The Authors Ophthalmic & Physiological Optics © 2017 The College of Optometrists.

  20. Evaluation of Liver, Kidney, and Spleen Elasticity in Healthy Newborns and Infants Using Shear Wave Elastography.

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    Palabiyik, Figen Bakirtas; Inci, Ercan; Turkay, Rustu; Bas, Derya

    2017-10-01

    Elasticity measurements of tissues can be valuable in the diagnosis and management of various diseases. The aim of this study was to determine the elasticity values for normal liver, kidney, and spleen of healthy newborns and infants using shear wave elastography (SWE) imaging. A total of 50 healthy term newborns and infants (19 girls and 31 boys; mean age 20.1 days, range 1 to 70 days) were examined by an experienced pediatric radiologist using SWE. None of them had any liver, kidney or spleen disease, or any other systemic disease that could affect these organs secondarily. All newborns and infants had a normal abdominal ultrasound scan. Age, sex, weight, height, and body mass index had no significant effects on shear wave velocity (SWV) values of liver and spleen. The SWV values of both kidneys decreased with age, weight, height, and body mass index. The mean SWV values were 1.70 m/s (range: 1.23-2.43 m/s) for the liver, 1.69 m/s (range: 0.8-2.40 m/s) for the right kidney, 1.70 m/s (range: 0.9-2.49 m/s) for the left kidney, and 2.03 m/s (range: 1.28-2.48 m/s) for the spleen. Shear wave elastography can be used to measure liver, kidney, and spleen elasticity in newborns and infants. The standard values for abdominal organs allow differentiation of healthy versus pathological tissue. We measured the normal values of SWE in healthy newborns and infants as reference data. © 2017 by the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine.

  1. Aortic mass in a newborn infant with respiratory distress

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    Michelle J. Vaz

    2017-10-01

    Full Text Available Thrombotic disease is rare in neonates. Many of the cases reported in literature are attributed to the placement of central catheters. We report on a case of aortic thrombosis in a newborn infant with significant respiratory distress due to meconium aspiration, necessitating intubation and placement of central catheters. Due to the location and size of the thrombus in our case, various subspecialties were involved, which ultimately guided therapy to anti-coagulate the patient.

  2. Reference standard of penile size and prevalence of buried penis in Japanese newborn male infants.

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    Matsuo, Nobutake; Ishii, Tomohiro; Takayama, John I; Miwa, Masayuki; Hasegawa, Tomonobu

    2014-01-01

    The present study set forth the reference values for penile size and determined the prevalence of buried penis in Japanese full-term newborns. The stretched penile length was measured and the presence of buried penis was assessed at 1-7 days of age in 547 Japanese full-term newborn infants born between 2008 and 2012 in Tokyo. The stretched penile lengths were compared at 1-12 hours and 1-7 days of age in 63 infants and by two observers in 73 infants to estimate postnatal changes and interobserver variation, respectively. The mean stretched penile length was 3.06 cm (SD, 0.26; 95% confidence interval [CI], 3.04-3.08) and the mean ratio of penile length to body length was 6.24 × 100(-1) (SD, 0.55 × 100(-1)), both of which were significantly smaller than those in Caucasian newborn infants. Buried penis was identified in 20 of 547 infants (3.7%; 95% CI, 2.1-5.2%). The first measurements of penile length at 1-12 hours were significantly smaller than the next measurements at 1-7 days (95% CI of the difference, 0.22-0.34). The 95% CI for the limits of agreement in the penile lengths measured by the two observers was -0.58 to -0.40 for the lower limit and 0.33 to 0.51 for the upper limit. These findings indicate that the penile length should be assessed after 24 hours of age by the reference standard of the same ethnicity for identifying micropenis and that buried penis is not uncommon in Japanese full-term newborns.

  3. Follow-up Of Neonatal Jaundice In Term And Late Premature Newborns.

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    Facchini, Fernando P; Mezzacappa,Maria Aparecida; Rosa, Izilda R; Mezzacappa Filho,Francisco; Aranha-Netto, Abimael; Marba, Sergio Tadeu

    2015-01-01

    Objective: To report on the results of a project following term and near term newborn infants who were jaundiced during the neonatal period. Methods: Neonates were referred to the follow-up clinic with weight ≥ 2,000 g and/or gestational age ≥ 35 weeks, and jaundice at discharge was initially assessed with an Ingram icterometer or Bilicheck and, if indicated, with a Unistat bilirubinometer (Leica). These newborn infants had bilirubinemia at or above the 40th percentile on the nomogram develop...

  4. Treatable newborn and infant seizures due to inborn errors of metabolism.

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    Campistol, Jaume; Plecko, Barbara

    2015-09-01

    About 25% of seizures in the neonatal period have causes other than asphyxia, ischaemia or intracranial bleeding. Among these are primary genetic epileptic encephalopathies with sometimes poor prognosis and high mortality. In addition, some forms of neonatal infant seizures are due to inborn errors of metabolism that do not respond to common AEDs, but are amenable to specific treatment. In this situation, early recognition can allow seizure control and will prevent neurological deterioration and long-term sequelae. We review the group of inborn errors of metabolism that lead to newborn/infant seizures and epilepsy, of which the treatment with cofactors is very different to that used in typical epilepsy management.

  5. Neurocomportamento de recém-nascidos a termo, pequenos para a idade gestacional, filhos de mães adolescentes Neurobehavior of full-term small for gestational age newborn infants of adolescent mothers

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    Marina C. de Moraes Barros

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    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Comparar o neurocomportamento de recém-nascidos a termo pequenos (PIG e adequados (AIG para a idade gestacional, filhos de mães adolescentes. MÉTODOS: Estudo transversal prospectivo de nascidos a termo AIG e PIG, com 24-72 horas de vida, sem afecções do sistema nervoso central. Os neonatos foram avaliados por meio da Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Network Neurobehavioral Scale (NNNS para: habituação, atenção, despertar, controle, manobras para a orientação, qualidade dos movimentos, excitabilidade, letargia, reflexos não ótimos, assimetria, hipertonia, hipotonia e sinais de estresse e abstinência. A comparação dos grupos AIG e PIG foi feita por análise de variância e teste do qui-quadrado. Aplicou-se a regressão multivariada para analisar os fatores associados ao escore de cada variável do NNNS. RESULTADOS: Dos 3.685 nascidos no local do estudo, 928 (25% eram de mães adolescentes. Desses, 477 satisfizeram os critérios de inclusão, sendo 419 (88% AIG e 58 (12% PIG. A análise univariada não mostrou diferença em nenhuma das variáveis da NNNS entre os PIG e os AIG. Na análise multivariada, os PIG nascidos de parto vaginal apresentaram menor escore na variável qualidade de movimentos do que os nascidos por cesárea. Os PIG nascidos com anestesia local ou sem anestesia apresentaram maior escore na variável excitabilidade do que os nascidos sob anestesia loco-regional. Os PIG femininos tiveram menor escore na variável sinais de estresse/abstinência que os masculinos. CONCLUSÃO: Os recém-nascidos PIG de mães adolescentes mostraram menor qualidade de movimento, mais excitabilidade e mais sinais de estresse, em associação com o sexo do neonato e com variáveis relacionadas ao parto.OBJECTIVE: To compare the neurobehavior of small (SGA and adequate (AGA for gestational age full-term neonates born to adolescent mothers. METHODS: This prospective cross-sectional study included full-term newborn infants aged 24

  6. Nebulized racemic epinephrine for extubation of newborn infants.

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    Davies, M W; Davis, P G

    2002-01-01

    Following a period of mechanical ventilation, post-extubation upper airway obstruction can occur in newborn infants, especially after prolonged, traumatic or multiple intubations. The subsequent increase in upper airway resistance may lead to respiratory insufficiency and failure of extubation. The vasoconstrictive properties of epinephrine, and its proven efficacy in the treatment of croup in infants, has led to the routine use of inhaled nebulized epinephrine immediately post-extubation in some neonatal units. It is also recommended for neonates with post-extubation tracheal obstruction and stridor in neonatal and respiratory textbooks and reviews. The primary objective was to assess whether nebulized epinephrine administered immediately after extubation in neonates weaned from IPPV decreases the need for subsequent additional respiratory support. Searches were of: MEDLINE from 1966 to September 2000; CINAHL from 1982 to September 2000; Current Contents from 1994 to September 2000; and the Cochrane Controlled Trials Register (Cochrane Library Issue 3, 2000). These searches were updated to September 2001 for this review update. Previous searches up to March 1999 included the Oxford Database of Perinatal Trials, expert informants and journal hand searching mainly in the English language, previous reviews including cross references, abstracts, and conference and symposia proceedings. All randomised and quasi-randomised control trials in which nebulized epinephrine was compared with placebo immediately post-extubation in newborn infants who have been weaned from IPPV and extubated, with regard to clinically important outcomes (i.e. need for additional respiratory support, increase in oxygen requirement, respiratory distress, stridor or the occurrence of side effects). No studies met our criteria for inclusion in this review. No studies were identified which looked at the effect of inhaled nebulized epinephrine on clinically important outcomes in infants being

  7. [Prognostication of immunological reactivity and the choice of the variant of reflexotherapy for a newborn infant].

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    Filonenko, A V; Sergeeva, A I; Filonenko, V A

    2014-01-01

    The objective of the present study was to determine the classification differences in immunological reactivity and to identify its predictors in the newborn infants. The study involved 115 full-term newborn infants presenting with grade 3 prenatal hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy in the late neonatal period. The features of immunological reactivity under the influence of acupuncture were examined. Statistical processing was carried out by means of discriminant analysis. The assessment and prediction of the effectiveness of acupuncture in the neonates suffering from cerebral ischemia are based on the index of immunological reactivity and the leukocyte index of intoxication, as well as on the ratio of monocytes to band neutrophils content. For generation of the group classifier of immunological predictors in a newborn infant and development of indications for reflex therapy, nine parameters of interest were measured. The group specificity of the child was determined by three variables, viz. leukocyte index of intoxication, monocyte and band neutrophil counts with values of the Fisher's exact test (F) and reliability (Wilks Lambda 0.90894; approximation F (3.144) = 4.809; p newborn infants and the choice of the treatment modality on an individual basis (parent, child, or both) in the "mother-newborn" system. The variant of treatment was determined by comparing the values of the results of the formulas. The newborns were referred to the subgroup with the highest value of the classification function. The predictors made it possible to reliably distinguished the second (p = 0.032) and the third (p = 0.022) subgroups from the first one, with some degree of overlapping between the edge zones of centroids of the second and third subgroups (p = 0.073). Therefore, the sensitivity of classification in the individual subgroups was lower than in the group model and was estimated at 34.4, 71.9, and 65.6% for the first, second and third groups, respectively. The mathematical models

  8. An Investigation of the Mortality Rate and Risk Factors in Newborn Infants With Meconium Aspiration Syndrome

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    2016-08-01

    Full Text Available Background One of the serious challenges facing neonatal medicine is meconium aspiration syndrome, delays in the treatment of which can lead to high mortality. Objectives This study was designed and conducted with the aim of determining the mortality rate and risk factors affecting this rate in newborn infants with meconium aspiration syndrome. Methods This study was conducted as a retrospective descriptive research on newborn infants with meconium aspiration syndrome hospitalized at the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU of Fatemieh and Be’sat hospitals in Hamadan city during a 10-year period from 2004 to 2014. Demographic information of the mother and the newborn, hospitalization course, the need for mechanical ventilation, and complications and outcomes of disease were extracted and were analyzed using the SPSS software version 22. Results Sixty-three newborn infants, diagnosed with meconium aspiration syndrome, were entered in this study, 40% of them were male, 85.7% wighed more than 2500 g, and 17.5% were post term, 25.3% had a five-minute Apgar Score (AS5min of less than seven, 39.6% were nonvigorous at birth, 31.8% needed to be placed on mechanical ventilation, and 14.3% died during the hospitalization course. There was a significant relationship between the need for mechanical ventilation, nonvigorous state at the birth, complications of disease and mortality rate. Conclusions Despite the progress made in medicine, meconium aspiration syndrome is still one of the causes of newborn infants’ mortality. The mortality and morbidity rates can be reduced by improvement in perinatal care, prevention of post term delivery, timely caesarean and effective neonatal resuscitation at birth.

  9. Nemaline myopathy in a newborn infant: a rare muscle disorder.

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    Olukman, O; Calkavur, S; Diniz, G; Unalp, A; Atlihan, F

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    Nemaline myopathy (NM) is a genetically and clinically heterogeneous muscle disorder, defined by the presence of characteristic nemaline bodies on muscle biopsy. The disease has a wide spectrum of phenotypes, ranging from forms with neonatal onset and fatal outcome to asymptomatic forms. The neonatal form is severe and usually fatal. The clinical variability, with differing age of onset and severity of symptoms makes the diagnosis difficult during infancy. There is no curative treatment. L-tyrosine may prevent aspiration by reducing pharyngeal secretions and drooling. Most of the patients die from respiratory and cardiac failure. This article discusses a newborn infant who presented with generalized weakness and respiratory failure. Partial response to L-tyrosine treatment was noted. The case is worth presenting to remind clinicians of congenital myopathies in the differential diagnosis of floppy infant during neonatal period and to emphasize the importance of muscle biopsy in diagnosis.

  10. Definitions of cardiovascular insufficiency and relation to outcomes in critically ill newborn infants

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    Fernandez, Erika; Watterberg, Kristi L.; Faix, Roger G.; Yoder, Bradley A.; Walsh, Michele C.; Lacy, Conra Backstrom; Osborne, Karen A.; Das, Abhik; Kendrick, Douglas E.; Stoll, Barbara J.; Poindexter, Brenda B.; Laptook, Abbot R.; Kennedy, Kathleen A.; Schibler, Kurt; Bell, Edward F.; Van Meurs, Krisa P.; Frantz, Ivan D.; Goldberg, Ronald N.; Shankaran, Seetha; Carlo, Waldemar A.; Ehrenkranz, Richard A.; Sanchez, Pablo J.; Higgins, Rosemary D.

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    Background We previously reported on the overall incidence, management and outcomes in infants with cardiovascular insufficiency (CVI). However, there are limited data on the relationship of the specific different definitions of CVI to short term outcomes in term and late preterm newborn infants. Objective To evaluate how 4 definitions of CVI relate to short term outcomes and death. Study Design The previously reported study was a multicenter, prospective cohort study of 647 infants ≥ 34 weeks gestation admitted to a Neonatal Research Network (NRN) newborn intensive care unit (NICU) and mechanically ventilated (MV) during their first 72 hours. The relationship of five short term outcomes at discharge and 4 different definitions of CVI were further analyzed. Results All 4 definitions were associated with greater number of days on MV & days on O2. The definition using a threshold blood pressure (BP) measurement alone was not associated with days to full feeding, days in the NICU or death. The definition based on treatment of CVI was associated with all outcomes including death. Conclusions The definition using a threshold BP alone was not consistently associated with adverse short term outcomes. Using only a threshold BP to determine therapy may not improve outcomes. PMID:25825962

  11. Effect of hepatitis B immunisation in newborn infants of mothers positive for hepatitis B surface antigen

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    Lee, Chuanfang; Gong, Yan; Brok, Jesper

    2006-01-01

    To evaluate the effects of hepatitis B vaccine and immunoglobulin in newborn infants of mothers positive for hepatitis B surface antigen.......To evaluate the effects of hepatitis B vaccine and immunoglobulin in newborn infants of mothers positive for hepatitis B surface antigen....

  12. Hepatitis B immunisation for newborn infants of hepatitis B surface antigen-positive mothers

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    Lee, C; Gong, Yanzhang; Brok, J

    2006-01-01

    Hepatitis B vaccine and hepatitis B immunoglobulin are considered for newborn infants of HBsAg-positive mothers to prevent hepatitis B infection.......Hepatitis B vaccine and hepatitis B immunoglobulin are considered for newborn infants of HBsAg-positive mothers to prevent hepatitis B infection....

  13. Clinical presentation and spectrum of neuroimaging findings in newborn infants with incontinentia pigmenti

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    Soltirovska Salamon, Aneta; Lichtenbelt, Klaske|info:eu-repo/dai/nl/30481816X; Cowan, Frances M; Casaer, Alexandra; Dudink, Jeroen; Dereymaeker, Anneleen; Paro-Panjan, Darja; Groenendaal, Floris|info:eu-repo/dai/nl/073282596; de Vries, Linda S|info:eu-repo/dai/nl/072995408

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    AIM: To report on the neurological presentation and neuroimaging findings in newborn infants with incontinentia pigmenti. METHOD: The clinical and neurological course including neuroimaging and follow-up data of eight newborn infants with the neurological phenotype of incontinentia pigmenti were

  14. [Neonatal morbidity in early-term newborns].

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    Martínez-Nadal, S; Demestre, X; Raspall, F; Alvarez, J A; Elizari, M J; Vila, C; Sala, P

    2014-07-01

    In the last decades has increased significantly The birth of children from 37 to 38 weeks of gestation, a period called early term, has significantly increased in the past twenty years or so, parallel to the increase in induced deliveries and the cesarean rate. Retrospective cohorts population study, which included those babies born between 37 and 41 weeks of gestation in the period 1992-2011 (n=35.539). This population was divided into two cohorts, early term newborn (RNTP) of 37-38 weeks (n=11,318), and full term newborn (RNTC), of 39-41 weeks of gestation (n=24,221). The rates of cesarean section, neonatal unit admission, respiratory morbidity, apnea and need for assisted ventilation, hyperbilirubinemia requiring phototherapy, hypoglycemia, seizures, hypoxic-ischemia encephalopathy, need for parenteral nutrition and early sepsis were all reviewed. There was a progressive increase in the number of caesarean sections throughout the period studied (from 30.9% to 40.3%). The cesarean section rate was higher in RNTP than in the RNTC (38.3% vs 31.3%, P<.0001). On comparing the two groups, significant differences were found in the rate of admission to neonatal unit, 9.1% vs 3.5% (P<.0001); respiratory morbidity (hyaline membrane 0.14% vs 0.007% [P<.0001], transient tachypnea 1.71% vs 0.45% [P<.0001], mechanical ventilation 0.2% vs 0.07% [P<.009], continuous positive airway pressure 0.11% vs 0.01% [P<.0001]), phototherapy 0.29% vs 0.07% (P<.0001), hypoglycemia 0.54% vs 0.11% (P<.0001), parenteral nutrition 0.16% vs 0.04% (P<.0001). There were no significant differences in the rate of early sepsis, pneumothorax, aspiration syndromes, seizures and hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy. In our environment, there is a significant number of RNTP, which have a significantly higher morbidity than newborns RNTC registered. After individualizing each case, it is essential not end a pregnancy before 39 weeks of gestation, except for maternal, placental or fetal conditions indicating

  15. Sucrose for analgesia in newborn infants undergoing painful procedures.

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    Stevens, B; Yamada, J; Ohlsson, A

    2004-01-01

    Management of pain for neonates is less than optimal. The administration of sucrose with and without non-nutritive sucking (pacifiers) has been the most frequently studied non-pharmacological intervention for relief of procedural pain in neonates. To determine the efficacy, effect of dose, and safety of sucrose for relieving procedural pain as assessed by validated individual pain indicators and composite pain scores. Standard methods as per the Neonatal Collaborative Review Group. A MEDLINE search was carried out for relevant randomized controlled trials (RCTs) published from January 1966 - March 2004, EMBASE from 1980-2004 and search of the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL, The Cochrane Library, Issue 1, 2004). Key words and (MeSH) terms included infant/newborn, pain, analgesia and sucrose. Language restrictions were not imposed. Bibliographies, personal files, the most recent relevant neonatal and pain journals and recent major pediatric pain conference proceedings were searched manually. Unpublished studies, or studies reported only as abstracts, were not included. Additional information from published studies was obtained. RCTs in which term and/or preterm neonates (postnatal age maximum of 28 days after reaching 40 weeks corrected gestational age) received sucrose via oral syringe, NG-tube, dropper or pacifier for procedural pain from heel lance or venepuncture. In the control group, water, pacifier or positioning/containing were used. Studies in which the painful stimulus was circumcision were excluded. Trial quality was assessed according to the methods of the Neonatal Collaborative Review Group. Quality measures included blinding of randomization, blinding of intervention, completeness of follow up and blinding of outcome measurement. Data were abstracted and independently checked for accuracy by the three investigators. The statistical package (RevMan 4.2) of the Cochrane Collaboration was used. For meta-analysis, a weighted mean

  16. Respiratory function parameters in ventilated newborn infants undergoing whole body hypothermia.

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    Dassios, Theodore; Austin, Topun

    2014-02-01

    Whole body hypothermia (WBH) exerts proven neuroprotective effects in infants with hypoxic-ischaemic encephalopathy (HIE). Our aim was to describe how WBH could impact on respiratory function in mechanically ventilated newborn infants, by recording primary and composite indices of oxygenation and ventilation before, during and after WBH. The medical notes of 31 mechanically ventilated full-term newborn infants who underwent WBH for HIE were retrospectively reviewed. Fraction of inspired oxygen (FiO2), tidal volume (TV), mean airway Pressure (MAP), minute ventilation (MV), static compliance of the respiratory system (C(statRS)), ventilation efficiency index (VEI), alveolar-arterial gradient (A-a gradient) and oxygenation index (OI) were documented before and during hypothermic treatment, as well as during and after rewarming. Fraction of inspired oxygen, MAP, OI and A-a gradient decreased during induction of hypothermia and tended to increase during rewarming. C(statRS), VEI and TV increased during induction of hypothermia and tended to decrease during rewarming. None of the changes achieved statistical significance. These results suggest that WBH might affect respiratory function in mechanically ventilated infants with HIE. Oxygenation might be enhanced by hypothermia, probably as a result of decreased metabolism, while ventilation might also be facilitated as a result of the effect of hypothermia on lung mechanics. ©2013 Foundation Acta Paediatrica. Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  17. Infant Directed Speech Enhances Statistical Learning in Newborn Infants: An ERP Study.

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    Bosseler, Alexis N; Teinonen, Tuomas; Tervaniemi, Mari; Huotilainen, Minna

    2016-01-01

    Statistical learning and the social contexts of language addressed to infants are hypothesized to play important roles in early language development. Previous behavioral work has found that the exaggerated prosodic contours of infant-directed speech (IDS) facilitate statistical learning in 8-month-old infants. Here we examined the neural processes involved in on-line statistical learning and investigated whether the use of IDS facilitates statistical learning in sleeping newborns. Event-related potentials (ERPs) were recorded while newborns were exposed to12 pseudo-words, six spoken with exaggerated pitch contours of IDS and six spoken without exaggerated pitch contours (ADS) in ten alternating blocks. We examined whether ERP amplitudes for syllable position within a pseudo-word (word-initial vs. word-medial vs. word-final, indicating statistical word learning) and speech register (ADS vs. IDS) would interact. The ADS and IDS registers elicited similar ERP patterns for syllable position in an early 0-100 ms component but elicited different ERP effects in both the polarity and topographical distribution at 200-400 ms and 450-650 ms. These results provide the first evidence that the exaggerated pitch contours of IDS result in differences in brain activity linked to on-line statistical learning in sleeping newborns.

  18. Autopsy of two frozen newborn infants discovered in a home freezer.

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    Kozawa, Shuji; Kakizaki, Eiji; Yukawa, Nobuhiro

    2010-07-01

    Two newborn infants (one male and one female) were discovered dead and frozen in a home freezer. Although thawing is expected to lead to changes that may hamper postmortem investigations, the victims could not be examined in the frozen state and were thus immersed in saline at 37 degrees C to completely thaw them over about 90 min. Autolysis and putrefaction were not evident, postmortem changes were slight, and the internal organs were soft, allowing a thorough examination, including an autopsy and a histological investigation. Autopsy showed that both infants were full-term at the time of death. Hydrostatic tests of the lung and stomach indicated that the infants had been born alive, and based on histological analyses of pulmonary alveoli and bronchioles, they had started breathing. Malformations, pathological findings, and signs of suspected asphyxia were absent, and we assume that the infants were very likely to have been murdered. However, the cause of death is not yet fully understood. Although a police investigation revealed that the infants were smothered by occlusion of the mouth and nose and then frozen, there were no injuries on the skin around the nose and mouth. Nonetheless, we concluded that none of the postmortem findings were in conflict with this suspected mechanism of death. As these infants had been kept frozen since their death and thawed to body temperature as rapidly as possible in saline at 37 degrees C, their bodies were well preserved, which was helpful for the postmortem investigation. Copyright 2010 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

  19. Physiological responses of preterm newborn infants submitted to classical music therapy.

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    da Silva, Camila Mendes; Cação, Jessica Marcelle R; Silva, Karin Cristina dos S; Marques, Cassia Fernandes; Merey, Leila Simone F

    2013-01-01

    To evaluate the physiological effects of music therapy on hospitalized preterm newborns. A noncontrolled clinical trial including 12 newborn infants with gestational age classical music therapy twice a day (morning and afternoon) for three consecutive days. The variables: heart and respiratory rates, oxygen saturation, diastolic and systolic arterial pressures, and body temperature were analyzed before and immediately after each music therapy session. There was a decrease in the heart rate after the second session of music therapy (paired t-test; p=0.002), and an increase at the end of the third session (paired t-test; p=0.005). Respiratory rate decreased during the fourth and fifth sessions (paired t-test; p=0.01 and 0.03, respectively). Regarding oxygen saturation, there was an increase after the fifth session (p=0.008). Comparison of physiological parameters among sessions, for the six studied sessions, showed only that the gain in oxygen saturation during the fifth session was significantly higher than during the sixth one (Tukey's test after variance analysis; p=0.04). Music therapy may modify short-term physiological responses of hospitalized preterm newborn infants.

  20. Pulmonary surfactant kinetics of the newborn infant: novel insights from studies with stable isotopes.

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    Carnielli, V P; Zimmermann, L J I; Hamvas, A; Cogo, P E

    2009-05-01

    Deficiency or dysfunction of the pulmonary surfactant plays a critical role in the pathogenesis of respiratory diseases of the newborn. After a short review of the pulmonary surfactant, including its role in selected neonatal respiratory conditions, we describe a series of studies conducted by applying two recently developed methods to measure surfactant kinetics. In the first set of studies, namely 'endogenous studies', which used stable isotope-labeled intravenous surfactant precursors, we have shown the feasibility of measuring surfactant synthesis and kinetics in infants using several metabolic precursors, including plasma glucose, plasma fatty acids and body water. In the second set of studies, namely 'exogenous studies', which used a stable isotope-labeled phosphatidylcholine (PC) tracer given endotracheally, we estimated the surfactant disaturated phosphatidylcholine (DSPC) pool size and half-life. The major findings of our studies are presented here and can be summarized as follows: (a) the de novo synthesis and turnover rates of the surfactant (DSPC) in preterm infants with respiratory distress syndrome (RDS) are very low with either precursor; (b) in preterm infants with RDS, pool size is very small and half-life much longer than what has been reported in animal studies; (c) patients recovering from RDS who required higher continuous positive airway pressure pressure after extubation or reintubation have a lower level of intrapulmonary surfactant than those who did well after extubation; (d) term newborn infants with pneumonia have greatly accelerated surfactant catabolism; and (e) infants with uncomplicated congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH) and on conventional mechanical ventilation have normal surfactant synthesis, but those requiring extracorporeal membrane oxygenated (ECMO) do not. Information obtained from these studies in infants will help to better tailor exogenous surfactant treatment in neonatal lung diseases.

  1. Icterus Neonatorum in Near-Term and Term Infants; An overview

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    Rehan Ali

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available Neonatal jaundice is the yellowish discoloration of the skin and/or sclerae of newborn infants caused by tissue deposition of bilirubin. Physiological jaundice is mild, unconjugated (indirect-reacting bilirubinaemia, and affects nearly all newborns. Physiological jaundice levels typically peak at 5 to 6 mg/dL (86 to 103 μmol/L at 72 to 96 hours of age, and do not exceed 17 to 18 mg/dL (291–308 μmol/L. Levels may not peak until seven days of age in Asian infants, or in infants born at 35 to 37 weeks’ gestation. Higher levels of unconjugated hyperbilirubinaemia are considered pathological and occur in a variety of conditions. The clinical features and management of unconjugated hyperbilirubinaemia in healthy near-term and term infants, as well as bilirubin toxicity and the prevention of kernicterus, are reviewed here. The pathogenesis and aetiology of this disorder are discussed separately.

  2. Prediction of hyperbilirubinemia by noninvasive methods in full-term newborns

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    Danijela Furlan; Lidija Žalec; Tatjana Pavlin; Mirjam Gradecki; Darinka Oštir Mevželj; Borut Bratanič

    2013-01-01

    Introduction: The noninvasive screening methods for bilirubin determination were studied prospectively in a group of full-term healthy newborns with the aim of early prediction of pathological neonatal hyperbilirubinemia. Laboratory determination of bilirubin (Jendrassik-Grof (JG)) was compared to the noninvasive transcutaneous bilirubin (TcBIL) together with the determination of bilirubin in cord blood.Methods: The study group consisted of 284 full-term healthy consecutively born infants in ...

  3. Mechanical ventilation of newborns infant changes in plasma pro- and anti-inflammatory cytokines.

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    Bohrer, Betania; Silveira, Rita C; Neto, Eurico C; Procianoy, Renato S

    2010-01-01

    To evaluate plasma levels of interleukin (IL)-1beta, IL-6, IL-8, IL-10, and tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-alpha in newborn infants immediately before and after 2 hours of mechanical ventilation. Term and late preterm neonates with no history of mechanical ventilation and/or ventilatory support were studied prospectively. Exclusion criteria were congenital malformations, congenital infections, use of nitric oxide, resuscitation with positive-pressure ventilation, and any procedure in the delivery room or neonatal intensive care unit that resulted in tracheal intubation. Blood samples for IL-1beta, IL-6, IL-8, IL-10, and TNF-alpha levels were collected before intubation and mechanical ventilation and 2 hours later. Nineteen newborn infants with gestational age 35.8 +/- 1.9 weeks and birth weight 2280 +/- 370 g were included. Pro-inflammatory cytokines increased: IL-8 (2.5-fold), IL-1beta (7.5-fold), and TNF-alpha (10-fold), and the anti-inflammatory cytokine IL-10 decreased by 90%. Although median IL-6 levels were similar between before and after ventilation, IL-6 increased in 89.4% of infants. A short period of mechanical ventilation promotes an imbalance of plasma levels of pro-inflammatory and anti-inflammatory cytokines. The systemic alteration of cytokines in response to mechanical ventilation may lead to ventilator-induced lung injury.

  4. Transplant Tolerance Induction in Newborn Infants: Mechanisms, Advantages, and Potential Strategies

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    Pan, Hua; Gazarian, Aram; Dubernard, Jean-Michel; Belot, Alexandre; Michallet, Marie-Cécile; Michallet, Mauricette

    2016-01-01

    Although several tolerance induction protocols have been successfully implemented in adult renal transplantation, no tolerance induction approach has, as yet, been defined for solid organ transplantations in young infants. Pediatric transplant recipients have a pressing demand for the elaboration of tolerance induction regimens. Indeed, since they display a longer survival time, they are exposed to a higher level of risks linked to long-term immunosuppression (IS) and to chronic rejection. Interestingly, central tolerance induction may be of great interest in newborns, because of their immunological immaturity and the important role of the thymus at this early stage in life. The present review aims to clarify mechanisms and strategies of tolerance induction in these immunologically premature recipients. We first introduce the discovery and mechanisms of neonatal tolerance in murine experimental models and subsequently analyze tolerance induction in human newborn infants. Hematopoietic mixed chimerism in neonates is also discussed based on in utero hematopoietic stem cell (HSC) transplant studies. Then, we review the recent advances in tolerance induction approaches in adults, including the infusion of HSCs associated with less toxic conditioning regimens, regulatory T cells/facilitating cells/mesenchymal stem cells transplantation, costimulatory blockade, and thymus manipulation. Finally, IS withdrawal in pediatric solid organ transplant is discussed. In conclusion, the establishment of transplant tolerance induction in infants is promising and deserves further investigations. Future studies could focus on the selection of patients, on less toxic conditioning regimens, and on biomarkers for IS minimization or withdrawal. PMID:27092138

  5. Follow-up of neonatal jaundice in term and late premature newborns.

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    Facchini, Fernando P; Mezzacappa, Maria Aparecida; Rosa, Izilda R; Mezzacappa Filho, Francisco; Aranha-Netto, Abimael; Marba, Sergio Tadeu

    2007-01-01

    To report on the results of a project following term and near term newborn infants who were jaundiced during the neonatal period. Neonates were referred to the follow-up clinic with weight >/= 2,000 g and/or gestational age >/= 35 weeks, and jaundice at discharge was initially assessed with an Ingram icterometer or Bilicheck and, if indicated, with a Unistat bilirubinometer (Leica). These newborn infants had bilirubinemia at or above the 40th percentile on the nomogram developed by Bhutani. All infants treated with phototherapy while in hospital were reassessed by laboratory methods 24 hours after withdrawal of treatment. Patients were rehospitalized for intensive phototherapy if their level was greater than or equal to 20 mg/dL. From a total sample of 11,259 neonates, 2,452 (21.8%) were referred to the follow-up clinic, 87.2% (2,140) of whom did return. Eighty returned neonates were readmitted. Return appointments were set for 2,452 patients, 180 (7.3%) of whom had bilirubinemia >/= 15 mg/dL at discharge. Of these 180, 151 returned for follow-up. Twenty (13.2%) were readmitted for treatment. Of the total number of readmitted patients, two newborn infants had levels >/= 25 mg/dL and none >/= 30 mg/dL. All responded rapidly to intensive phototherapy, and there was no need for exchange transfusions. Our results suggest that the regime adopted is effective for detecting and preventing hyperbilirubinemia at risk of causing bilirubin-induced encephalopathy in term and near term newborn infants.

  6. Physical therapy with newborns and infants: applying concepts of phenomenology and synactive theory to guide interventions.

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    Blanchard, Yvette; Øberg, Gunn Kristin

    2015-01-01

    Physical therapy involving newborns and young infants is a specialized area of practice reserved for therapists who have advanced training and the competence to help newborns, young infants and their families meet their goals. Beginning at birth, infants apply a significant amount of effort to actively participate in and shape their world. Infants make their intentions and requests for support known through their behaviors during social and physical therapy encounters. The therapeutic encounter viewed from the infant's perspective has received limited attention in the physical therapy literature. The purpose of this article is to discuss concepts related to phenomenology and synactive theory that are relevant to physical therapy with newborns and young infants during the first few months of life after birth.

  7. Angiogenesis dysregulation in term asphyxiated newborns treated with hypothermia.

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    Full Text Available Neonatal encephalopathy following birth asphyxia is a major predictor of long-term neurological impairment. Therapeutic hypothermia is currently the standard of care to prevent brain injury in asphyxiated newborns but is not protective in all cases. More robust and versatile treatment options are needed. Angiogenesis is a demonstrated therapeutic target in adult stroke. However, no systematic study examines the expression of angiogenesis-related markers following birth asphyxia in human newborns.This study aimed to evaluate the expression of angiogenesis-related protein markers in asphyxiated newborns developing and not developing brain injury compared to healthy control newborns.Twelve asphyxiated newborns treated with hypothermia were prospectively enrolled; six developed eventual brain injury and six did not. Four healthy control newborns were also included. We used Rules-Based Medicine multi-analyte profiling and protein array technologies to study the plasma concentration of 49 angiogenesis-related proteins. Mean protein concentrations were compared between each group of newborns.Compared to healthy newborns, asphyxiated newborns not developing brain injury showed up-regulation of pro-angiogenic proteins, including fatty acid binding protein-4, glucose-6-phosphate isomerase, neuropilin-1, and receptor tyrosine-protein kinase erbB-3; this up-regulation was not evident in asphyxiated newborns eventually developing brain injury. Also, asphyxiated newborns developing brain injury showed a decreased expression of anti-angiogenic proteins, including insulin-growth factor binding proteins -1, -4, and -6, compared to healthy newborns.These findings suggest that angiogenesis pathways are dysregulated following birth asphyxia and are putatively involved in brain injury pathology and recovery.

  8. Multicystic encephalomalacia in term infants.

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    Frigieri, G; Guidi, B; Costa Zaccarelli, S; Rossi, C; Muratori, G; Ferrari, F; Cavazzuti, G B

    1996-12-01

    The terms "multicystic encephalomalacia" and "subcortical leucomalacia" (SCL) are used to describe the presence of areas of necrosis that develop into cystic lesions inside the brain. These lesions are generally due to severe asphyxia and/or hypotension. The designation SCL can also be used to describe the extent and the seat of the lesion in the brain or to distinguish subcortical lesions from periventricular and/or combined ones. In this study we give an account of our experience with eight newborns admitted to our neonatal intensive care unit, who presented clinical-neurological alterations and encephalomalacic lesions whose presence was documented by ultrasonography.

  9. [Home care for the high-risk newborn infant].

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    Puddu, M

    2010-06-01

    With increased survival of extremely low birth weigh (ELBW) and very ill infants, a lot of them are discharged with unresolved medical issues that complicate their subsequent care. Infants born preterm with low birth weight who require neonatal intensive care experience a much higher rate of hospital readmission and death during the first year after birth compared with healthy term infants. Despite initial hospital care which is one of the most expensive of all kind of hospitalization, home care services are sometimes still sparse though the high risk of this group for failure to thrive, respiratory problems, developmental delays, parenting problems. In addition, societal and economic forces have come to bear on the timing and process of discharge and home care. Moreover it takes time for the family of a high-risk infant to prepare to care for their infant in a home setting and to obtain the necessary support services and mobilize community resources. Careful preparation for discharge, good follow-up and medical home after discharge may reduce these risks.

  10. Task-oriented and bottle feeding adversely affect the quality of mother-infant interactions after abnormal newborn screens.

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    Tluczek, Audrey; Clark, Roseanne; McKechnie, Anne Chevalier; Orland, Kate Murphy; Brown, Roger L

    2010-06-01

    To examine effects of newborn screening and neonatal diagnosis on the quality of mother-infant interactions in the context of feeding. Study compared the quality of mother-infant feeding interactions among 4 groups of infants classified by severity of newborn screening and diagnostic results: cystic fibrosis (CF), congenital hypothyroidism, heterozygote CF carrier, and healthy with normal newborn screening. The Parent-Child Early Relational Assessment and a task-oriented item measured the quality of feeding interactions for 130 dyads, infant ages 3 to 19 weeks (M = 9.19, SD = 3.28). The Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale and State-Trait Anxiety Inventory measured maternal depression and anxiety. Composite Indicator Structure Equation Modeling showed that infant diagnostic status and, to a lesser extent, maternal education predicted feeding method. Mothers of infants with CF were most likely to bottle feed, which was associated with more task-oriented maternal behavior than breastfeeding. Mothers with low task-oriented behavior showed more sensitivity and responsiveness to infant cues, as well as less negative affect and behavior in their interactions with their infants than mothers with high task-oriented scores. Mothers of infants with CF were significantly more likely to have clinically significant anxiety and depression than the other groups. However, maternal psychological profile did not predict feeding method or interaction quality. Mothers in the CF group were the least likely to breastfeed. Research is needed to explicate long-term effects of feeding methods on quality of mother-child relationship and ways to promote continued breastfeeding after a neonatal CF diagnosis.

  11. Effect of preeclampsia in the mother on the leucine metabolism in the newborn infant.

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    Saenz De Pipaon Marcos, M.; Wattimena, D.J.; Beek, R.H. van; Lotgering, F.K.; Sauer, P.J.J.

    2002-01-01

    The leucine turnover in newborn infants is influenced by factors such as nutritional state and corticosteroid treatment. Little is known about maternal factors influencing the leucine turnover in the newborn. In order to approach the effect of preeclampsia in the mother on neonatal protein turnover,

  12. Effect of preeclampsia in the mother on the leucine metabolism in the newborn infant

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    Marcos, MSD; Wattimena, DJL; Van Beek, RHT; Lotgering, FK; Sauer, PJJ

    2002-01-01

    The leucine turnover in newborn infants is influenced by factors such as nutritional state and corticosteroid treatment. Little is known about maternal factors influencing the leucine turnover in the newborn. In order to approach the effect of preeclampsia in the mother on neonatal protein turnover,

  13. Indices of Glucose Homeostasis in Cord Blood in Term and Preterm Newborns.

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    Ahmad, Afzal; Rukmini, M S; Yadav, Charu; Agarwal, Ashish; Manjrekar, Poornima A; Hegde, Anupama

    2016-09-01

    According to the thrifty phenotype hypothesis, intrauterine malnutrition has a role in the etiology of type 2 diabetes. This study was planned to determine the early alterations in indices of glucose homeostasis (glucose, insulin, and cortisol) in term and preterm newborns and the correlations of glucose, insulin, and cortisol levels with insulin resistance indices. A descriptive study comprising 35 term and 35 preterm newborns was carried out from December 2013 to June 2015. Venous cord blood was collected and plasma glucose was analyzed by the glucose oxidase-peroxidase method in an auto analyzer. Serum insulin and cortisol levels were assessed by the enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. Homeostasis model assessment of insulin resistance (HOMA-IR), quantitative insulin sensitivity check index and glucose insulin ratio were calculated to assess insulin resistance. The data on physical and metabolic parameters were analyzed using standard tests for statistical significance. In term newborns, mean glucose and cortisol levels (83.6±17.4 mg/dL and 11.88±5.78 µg/dL, respectively) were significantly higher than those in preterm infants (70.4±15.8 mg/dL and 8.9±4.6 µg/dL, respectively). Insulin and HOMA-IR levels were found higher in preterm newborns (10.8±4.8 µIU/mL and 1.52±0.66, respectively) than in term newborns (7.9±2.7 µIU/mL and 1.19±0.29, respectively). Insulin was found to positively correlate with HOMA-IR, whereas cortisol was negatively correlated with HOMA-IR in both term and preterm newborns. Higher insulin levels and HOMA-IR values in the cord blood of preterm newborns support the theory of intrauterine origin of metabolic diseases.

  14. [Incidence of kernicterus in newborn infants in Denmark].

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    Bjerre, Jesper Vandborg; Ebbesen, Finn

    2006-02-13

    Kernicterus is an infrequent but serious complication of neonatal hyperbilirubinaemia. The purpose of this investigation was to describe the incidence of the condition in Denmark, its causes and its prevention. A follow-up was done to illustrate the serious consequences of this disease. The study included all infants in Denmark born term or near term, with symptoms of classical kernicterus, in the period from 1977 to 2003. From 1977 to 1993, no cases of kernicterus were reported. In the following period, from 1994 to 2002, eight patients were registered. The maximum plasma total bilirubin concentration was 531-745 mol/l. The aetiology was determined in two infants: spherocytosis and galactosaemia. Most likely, ABO blood type immunization was the reason in four cases. In two cases, the aetiology was unknown. Seven infants had symptoms of chronic bilirubin encephalopathy. One child had only minor signs of this condition. Seven were boys, and six infants were of Caucasian descent. Two of the infants died. The incidence of kernicterus in Denmark is increasing, as in the rest of the Western world; this after a period of at least 20 years in which no cases were reported. A change in the assessment of the risk and inadequate knowledge of the serious consequences of bilirubin encephalopathy may be explanations. Through information and education of health personnel, it is possible to provide sufficient information to parents, perform screening procedures and commence therapy at the appropriate time. This could possibly contribute to a reduction in the incidence of the disease and its serious consequences.

  15. The Effect of Early Feeding on Initial Glucose Concentrations in Term Newborns.

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    Zhou, Yin; Bai, Shasha; Bornhorst, Joshua A; Elhassan, Nahed O; Kaiser, Jeffrey R

    2017-02-01

    To evaluate the influence of early feeding on initial glucose concentrations in healthy term newborns who were not at risk for hypoglycemia. This retrospective observational study was conducted at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences where universal early glucose screening was standard of care for newborn infants. Plasma glucose concentrations were compared in term infants born in 2008 who were not at risk for neonatal hypoglycemia and who were fed before (early feeders) and after (late feeders) their initial glucose screens. Multiple linear regression models were built to determine whether glucose concentrations differed significantly between early vs late feeders. In the 315 early and 572 late feeders, the mean (SD) age of first feeding was 0.9 (0.6) and 3.8 (2.0) hours, respectively. The age at initial glucose specimen collection was 2.2 (1.1) and 1.8 (0.8) hours, respectively. The initial glucose concentration was not higher in early vs late feeders (51.8 ± 11.9 vs 55.5 ± 13.3 mg/dL; P < .001). In linear regression analyses of all infants, the mean initial glucose concentration was 3.61 (95% CI 1.75-5.48) mg/dL lower in early vs late feeders. Early feeding in otherwise healthy term newborns did not increase initial glucose concentrations compared with newborns who fed later (ie, fasted). Before direct evidence is available, these observations may be instructive for managing early asymptomatic hypoglycemia in at-risk newborns. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  16. Short-term outcome for term and near-term singleton infants with intrapartum polyhydramnios.

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    Leibovitch, Leah; Schushan-Eisen, Irit; Kuint, Jacob; Weissmann-Brenner, Alina; Maayan-Metzger, Ayala

    2012-01-01

    To evaluate rates of early short-term neonatal complications among term and near-term newborn infants with polyhydramnios. Retrospective data were collected on 788 term infants with prenatal diagnosis of polyhydramnios and 1,576 matched controls, including information on maternal condition and on infant perinatal complications. The total rate of major congenital malformations among infants born to mothers with polyhydramnios was 2.3% compared to 0.13% for those with normal amniotic fluid index (p polyhydramnios, but no major congenital malformations, are at increased risk for minor congenital malformations (4.2%) as well as for postnatal complications, such as respiratory distress (5.7%), cardiovascular manifestations (mainly delayed closure of the ductus arteriosus; 3.1%) and hypoglycemia (7%) compared to controls. Multivariate logistic regression revealed that polyhydramnios was associated only with postnatal respiratory distress and hypoglycemia. The severity of polyhydramnios was not associated with an increased rate of neonatal complications. Although infants with polyhydramnios, but no major congenital malformations, were found to have increased rates of respiratory distress and hypoglycemia, these clinical manifestations were mild and had little effect on the babies' well-being and length of hospital stay. Copyright © 2011 S. Karger AG, Basel.

  17. Continuous intravenous infusion of ampicillin and gentamicin during parenteral nutrition in 88 newborn infants

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    Colding, H; Møller, S; Andersen, G E

    1982-01-01

    Ampicillin and gentamicin were dissolved once a day in an L-amino acid solution especially prepared for parenteral nutrition of newborn infants and infused continuously to 88 infants in whom septicaemia was suspected or had been proved. The mean dosages were 162 and 5.3 mg/kg per 24 hours...

  18. Favorable outcome in cerebral abscesses caused by Citrobacter koseri in a newborn infant.

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    Algubaisi, Sarah; Bührer, Christoph; Thomale, Ulrich-Wilhelm; Spors, Birgit

    2015-01-01

    The treatment of brain abscesses in newborn infants is controversial. We report on a 6-week-old infant with multiple brain abscesses caused by Citrobacter koseri that resolved after treatment with combined surgical drainage and intravenous therapy with meropenem and fosfomycin.

  19. Kernicterus in late preterm infants cared for as term healthy infants.

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    Bhutani, Vinod K; Johnson, Lois

    2006-04-01

    To compare the clinical profile and health care experiences related to management of newborn jaundice and hyperbilirubinemia in preterm infants ( or =37(0/7) weeks) and develop acute and/or chronic posticteric sequelae. Retrospective study of a convenient sample of term and near term infants voluntarily reported to the Pilot Kernicterus Registry (1992-2003). Study infants were required to meet the clinical definitions for acute bilirubin encephalopathy (moderate or advanced severity) and/or the classical signs of kernicterus. Main outcome measures were the comparison of etiology, severity and duration of extreme hyperbilirubinemia (TSB levels >20 mg/dL), response to interventions of intensive phototherapy and exchange transfusion, and health care delivery experiences in preterm as compared with term infants. No targeted attention was accorded to preterm infants during their neonatal health care experiences as related to predischarge risk assessment, feeding, discharge follow-up instructions, or breastfeeding, regardless of the known vulnerability of preterm infants to safely transition during the first week after birth. The TSB levels, age at re-hospitalization, and birth weight distribution were similar for late preterm and term infants. Large for gestational age and late preterm infants disproportionately developed kernicterus as compared with those who were appropriate for gestational age and term. Clinical management of extreme of hyperbilirubinemia, by the attending clinical providers, was not impacted or influenced by the gestational age, clinical signs, or risk assessment. This resulted in severe posticteric sequelae which was more severe and frequent in late preterm infants. Late prematurity (34(0/7) to 36(6/7) weeks) of healthy infants was not recognized as a risk factor for hazardous hyperbilirubinemia by clinical practitioners. Unsuccessful lactation experience was the most frequent experience; being large for gestational age as well as the other known

  20. Urine d-Arabinitol/l-Arabinitol Ratio in Diagnosis of Invasive Candidiasis in Newborn Infants

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    Sigmundsdóttir, Gudrún; Christensson, Bertil; Björklund, Lars J; Håkansson, Kristina; Pehrson, Christina; Larsson, Lennart

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    Infants treated in neonatal intensive care units suffer an increased risk for invasive candidiasis, but the diagnosis is sometimes difficult. d-arabinitol is a metabolite of most pathogenic Candida species. An elevated urine d-arabinitol/l-arabinitol (DA/LA) ratio is a sensitive sign of invasive candidiasis in children with cancer, but the method has not been previously evaluated for newborn infants. We therefore enrolled 117 infants in a neonatal intensive care unit, and 411 urine samples we...

  1. The influence of gestation and mechanical ventilation on serum clara cell secretory protein (CC10) concentrations in ventilated and nonventilated newborn infants.

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    Loughran-Fowlds, Alison; Oei, Julee; Wang, He; Xu, Hongxiu; Wimalasundera, Neil; Egan, Claire; Henry, Richard; Lui, Kei

    2006-07-01

    Clara cell secretory protein (CC10) is an important anti-inflammatory mediator in the adult lung, but its role in newborn pulmonary protection is uncertain. We examined the early postnatal behavior of CC10 in newborn serum and tracheal fluid and hypothesized that CC10 production is positively influenced by gestation. Blood from 165 infants from the first, third/fourth, and seventh days of life (gestational ages: 23-29 wk, 30-36 wk, >36 wk) and tracheal fluid (TF) from the first day of life from 32 ventilated infants were analyzed for CC10. Surfactant proteins A (SPA) and B (SPB) were also analyzed from the blood of a subgroup of infants. Serum CC10 on day 1 was highest in term infants (69.4 ng/mL), followed by moderately preterm (55.8 ng/mL), and then extremely preterm infants (median 42.1 ng/mL). Term infants also had higher tracheal fluid CC10 than preterm infants. (20.152 ng/mL versus 882 ng/mL). Mechanical ventilation increased serum CC10 only in moderately preterm infants, and only on d 1 [68.4 ng/mL versus 42.1 ng/mL (nonventilated moderately preterm infants)]. Serum CC10 decreased progressively by the end of the first week in all infants, in contrast to SPA and SPB, which increased. Our results show that CC10 is detectable in the blood of newborn infants and that a production surge occurs at birth. This surge is more pronounced in term infants and may confer them with superior extrauterine pulmonary protection compared with preterm infants.

  2. When courts intervene: public health, legal and ethical issues surrounding HIV, pregnant women, and newborn infants.

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    Tessmer-Tuck, Jennifer A; Poku, Joseph K; Burkle, Christopher M

    2014-11-01

    Ninety-three percent of pediatric AIDS cases are the result of perinatal HIV transmission, a disease that is almost entirely preventable with early intervention, which reduces the risk of perinatal HIV infection from 25% to newborn infants. When pregnant women decline HIV testing and/or treatment, public health, legal, and ethical dilemmas can result. Federal courts consistently uphold a woman's right to refuse medical testing and treatment, even though it may benefit her fetus/newborn infant. Federal courts also reliably respect the rights of parents to make health care decisions for their newborn infants, which may include declining medical testing and treatment. Confusing the issue of HIV testing and treatment, however, is the fact that there is no definitive United States Supreme Court ruling on the issue. State laws and standards vary widely and serve as guiding principles for practicing clinicians, who must be vigilant of ongoing legal challenges and changes in the states in which they practice. We present a case of an HIV-positive pregnant woman who declined treatment and then testing or treatment of her newborn infant. Ultimately, the legal system intervened. Given the rarity of such cases, we use this as a primer for the practicing clinician to highlight the public health, legal, and ethical issues surrounding prenatal and newborn infant HIV testing and treatment in the United States, including summarizing key state-to-state regulatory differences. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  3. Imaging in the newborn: infant immobilizer obviates the need for anesthesia.

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    Golan, Agneta; Marco, Rina; Raz, Hagit; Shany, Eilon

    2011-11-01

    Neonatal cerebral imaging is a sensitive technique for evaluating brain injury in the neonatal period. When performing computed tomography or magnetic resonance imaging, sedation is needed to prevent motion artifacts. However, general anesthesia in neonates carries significant risks and requires a complex logistic approach that often limits the use of these modalities. The development of infant immobilizers now enables imaging without general anesthesia and significantly increases clinical and research investigational opportunities. To assess the efficacy of the infant immobilizer instead of general anesthesia for infants undergoing imaging. The study group comprised all infants born over a 1 year period at Soroka University Medical Center who required imaging such as MRI, CT or bone scans. A MedVac Vacuum Splint infant immobilizer was used in all infants to prevent motion during imaging. The success rate of a single scan and the need for general anesthesia were assessed. Forty infants were examined during 1 year. The studies included 15 CT scans, 25 MRIs and 1 bone scan. The infants' gestational age at birth was 27-40 weeks and the examinations were performed at ages ranging from delivery to 6 months old. All imaging was successful and none of the infants required general anesthesia. An infant immobilizer should be used for imaging of newborns. Since this method carries a low risk and has a high success rate, general anesthesia in newborns is justified only when this non-invasive procedure fails.

  4. Burst-suppression pattern in the electroencephalogram of newborns and infants. Its clinical expression

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    Cervantes Blanco Jorge Mauricio

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available Burst-suppression pattern in the electroencephalogram (EEG is associated with severe brain damage and has a bad prognosis in 85% of the cases. Objectives. To identify the prevalence of the EEG burst-suppression pattern (BSP in fullterm newborns and infants, determine its etiol- ogy, clinical features and course. Methods. A retrospective study was conducted. Between January 2008 and December 2012, 4,891 EEGs were reviewed. The EEGs of newborns and infants (< 3 months of age with BSP were selected. Results. 11 cases identified with burst suppression pattern. The overall prevalence of which was 3.5%; 8.1% among the newborns and 1.2% among infants. Seizures were the main reason for doing an EEG in the newborn period in 7 patients and after day 28 in three. The clinical manifestations were abnormal level of consciousness (n=8, hypotonia (n=2, and spasticity (n=6. The main causes were hypoxic ischemic injury, stroke and kernicterus. There were two cases of early infantile epileptic encephalopathy. Two patients died before the third month of age; 8 survived an average of 13 months. All had epilepsy, neurologic retardation and disability. Two patients had persistent EEG burst-suppression pattern; 1 and 3 months after the neonatal period respectively; 7 had focal spikes and an asymmetric pattern. Conclusions. Electroencephalographic burst-suppression pat- tern predicts a severe neurologic injury in fullterm newborns and infants.

  5. Protocolized versus non-protocolized weaning for reducing the duration of invasive mechanical ventilation in newborn infants

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    Wielenga, Joke M.; van den Hoogen, Agnes; van Zanten, Henriette A.; Helder, Onno; Bol, Bas; Blackwood, Bronagh

    2016-01-01

    Mechanical ventilation is a life-saving intervention for critically ill newborn infants with respiratory failure admitted to a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Ventilating newborn infants can be challenging due to small tidal volumes, high breathing frequencies, and the use of uncuffed

  6. Beta-adrenoceptor responsiveness in intact leukocytes from adults and newborn infants; effect of phosphodiesterase inhibitors

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    Foged, N; Bertelsen, Niels Haldor; Johansen, Torben

    1990-01-01

    Intact mononuclear and polymorphonuclear leukocytes from adults and newborn infants were used to estimate the beta 2-adrenoceptor responsiveness in vitro. The accumulation of cAMP in response to receptor stimulation by isoprenaline was used as a measure of the receptor responsiveness. The relevance......-1 inhibits the phosphodiesterase activity almost completely. By use of this concentration no age-dependent changes in the isoprenaline-stimulated cAMP accumulation in mononuclear and polymorphonuclear leukocytes from adults and newborn infants could be demonstrated....

  7. Newborn length predicts early infant linear growth retardation and disproportionately high weight gain in a low-income population.

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    Berngard, Samuel Clark; Berngard, Jennifer Bishop; Krebs, Nancy F; Garcés, Ana; Miller, Leland V; Westcott, Jamie; Wright, Linda L; Kindem, Mark; Hambidge, K Michael

    2013-12-01

    Stunting is prevalent by the age of 6 months in the indigenous population of the Western Highlands of Guatemala. The objective of this study was to determine the time course and predictors of linear growth failure and weight-for-age in early infancy. One hundred and forty eight term newborns had measurements of length and weight in their homes, repeated at 3 and 6 months. Maternal measurements were also obtained. Mean ± SD length-for-age Z-score (LAZ) declined from newborn -1.0 ± 1.01 to -2.20 ± 1.05 and -2.26 ± 1.01 at 3 and 6 months respectively. Stunting rates for newborn, 3 and 6 months were 47%, 53% and 56% respectively. A multiple regression model (R(2) = 0.64) demonstrated that the major predictor of LAZ at 3 months was newborn LAZ with the other predictors being newborn weight-for-age Z-score (WAZ), gender and maternal education∗maternal age interaction. Because WAZ remained essentially constant and LAZ declined during the same period, weight-for-length Z-score (WLZ) increased from -0.44 to +1.28 from birth to 3 months. The more severe the linear growth failure, the greater WAZ was in proportion to the LAZ. The primary conclusion is that impaired fetal linear growth is the major predictor of early infant linear growth failure indicating that prevention needs to start with maternal interventions. © 2013.

  8. Clinical utility of early amplitude integrated EEG in monitoring term newborns at risk of neurological injury

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    Paulina A. Toso

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: to test the clinical utility of an early amplitude-integrated electroencephalography (aEEG to predict short-term neurological outcome in term newborns at risk of neurology injury. METHODS: this was a prospective, descriptive study. The inclusion criteria were neonatal encephalopathy, neurologic disturbances, and severe respiratory distress syndrome. Sensitivity, specificity, positive and negative predictive values, and likelihood ratio (LR were calculated. Clinical and demographic data were analyzed. Neurological outcome was defined as the sum of clinical, electroimaging, and neuroimaging findings. RESULTS: ten of the 21 monitored infants (48% presented altered short-term neurologic outcome. The aEEG had 90% sensitivity, 82% specificity, 82% positive predictive value, and 90% negative predictive value. The positive LR was 4.95, and the negative LR was 0.12. In three of 12 (25% encephalopathic infants, the aEEG allowed for a better definition of the severity of their condition. Seizures were detected in eight infants (38%, all subclinical at baseline, and none had a normal aEEG background pattern. The status of three infants (43% evolved and required two or more drugs for treatment. CONCLUSIONS: in infants with encephalopathy or other severe illness, aEEG disturbances occur frequently. aEEG provided a better classification of the severity of encephalopathy, detected early subclinical seizures, and allowed for monitoring of the response to treatment. aEEG was a useful tool at the neonatal intensive care unit for predicting poor short-term neurological outcomes for all sick newborn.

  9. Protocolized versus non-protocolized weaning for reducing the duration of invasive mechanical ventilation in newborn infants.

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    Wielenga, Joke M; van den Hoogen, Agnes; van Zanten, Henriette A; Helder, Onno; Bol, Bas; Blackwood, Bronagh

    2016-03-21

    Mechanical ventilation is a life-saving intervention for critically ill newborn infants with respiratory failure admitted to a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Ventilating newborn infants can be challenging due to small tidal volumes, high breathing frequencies, and the use of uncuffed endotracheal tubes. Mechanical ventilation has several short-term, as well as long-term complications. To prevent complications, weaning from the ventilator is started as soon as possible. Weaning aims to support the transfer from full mechanical ventilation support to spontaneous breathing activity. To assess the efficacy of protocolized versus non-protocolized ventilator weaning for newborn infants in reducing the duration of invasive mechanical ventilation, the duration of weaning, and shortening the NICU and hospital length of stay. To determine efficacy in predefined subgroups including: gestational age and birth weight; type of protocol; and type of protocol delivery. To establish whether protocolized weaning is safe and clinically effective in reducing the duration of mechanical ventilation without increasing the risk of adverse events. We searched the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled trials (CENTRAL; the Cochrane Library; 2015, Issue 7); MEDLINE In-Process and other Non-Indexed Citations and OVID MEDLINE (1950 to 31 July 2015); CINAHL (1982 to 31 July 2015); EMBASE (1988 to 31 July 2015); and Web of Science (1990 to 15 July 2015). We did not restrict language of publication. We contacted authors of studies with a subgroup of newborn infants in their study, and experts in the field regarding this subject. In addition, we searched abstracts from conference proceedings, theses, dissertations, and reference lists of all identified studies for further relevant studies. Randomized, quasi-randomized or cluster-randomized controlled trials that compared protocolized with non-protocolized ventilator weaning practices in newborn infants with a gestational age of 24 weeks or

  10. Newborn jaundice

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    Jaundice of the newborn; Neonatal hyperbilirubinemia; Bili lights - jaundice; Infant - yellow skin; Newborn - yellow skin ... to be able to do this efficiently. Most newborns have some yellowing of the skin, or jaundice. ...

  11. Maternal prefrontal cortex activation by newborn infant odors.

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    Nishitani, Shota; Kuwamoto, Saori; Takahira, Asuka; Miyamura, Tsunetake; Shinohara, Kazuyuki

    2014-03-01

    Mothers are attracted by infant cues of a variety of different modalities. To clarify the possible neural mechanisms underlying maternal attraction to infant odor cues, we used near-infrared spectroscopy to examine prefrontal cortex (PFC) activity during odor detection tasks in which 19 mothers and 19 nulliparous females (nonmothers) were presented with infant or adult male odors. They were instructed to make a judgment about whether they smelled an odor during each task. We estimated the PFC activity by measuring the relative oxyhemoglobin (oxyHb) concentrations. The results showed that while detecting the infant odors, bilateral PFC activities were increased in mothers but not in nonmothers. In contrast, adult male odors activated the PFC similarly in mothers and nonmothers. These findings suggest that maternal activation of the PFC in response to infant odors explains a part of the neural mechanisms for maternal attraction to infant odors.

  12. Trained immunity in newborn infants of HBV-infected mothers.

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    Hong, Michelle; Sandalova, Elena; Low, Diana; Gehring, Adam J; Fieni, Stefania; Amadei, Barbara; Urbani, Simonetta; Chong, Yap-Seng; Guccione, Ernesto; Bertoletti, Antonio

    2015-03-25

    The newborn immune system is characterized by an impaired Th1-associated immune response. Hepatitis B virus (HBV) transmitted from infected mothers to newborns is thought to exploit the newborns' immune system immaturity by inducing a state of immune tolerance that facilitates HBV persistence. Contrary to this hypothesis, we demonstrate here that HBV exposure in utero triggers a state of trained immunity, characterized by innate immune cell maturation and Th1 development, which in turn enhances the ability of cord blood immune cells to respond to bacterial infection in vitro. These training effects are associated with an alteration of the cytokine environment characterized by low IL-10 and, in most cases, high IL-12p40 and IFN-α2. Our data uncover a potentially symbiotic relationship between HBV and its natural host, and highlight the plasticity of the fetal immune system following viral exposure in utero.

  13. 3-D cardiac MRI in free-breathing newborns and infants: when is respiratory gating necessary?

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    Seeger, Achim [University Hospital of Tuebingen, Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, Tuebingen (Germany); University Hospital of Tuebingen, Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Neuroradiology, Tuebingen (Germany); Krumm, Patrick; Schaefer, Juergen F.; Kramer, Ulrich [University Hospital of Tuebingen, Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, Tuebingen (Germany); Hornung, Andreas; Sieverding, Ludger [University Hospital of Tuebingen, Department of Pediatric Cardiology, Tuebingen (Germany)

    2015-09-15

    Newborns and small infants have shallow breathing. To suggest criteria for when respiratory gating is necessary during cardiac MRI in newborns and infants. One-hundred ten data sets of newborns and infants with (n = 92, mean age: 1.9 ± 1.7 [SD] years) and without (n = 18, mean age: 1.6 ± 1.8 [SD] years) navigator gating were analysed retrospectively. The respiratory motion of the right hemidiaphragm was recorded and correlated to age, weight, body surface area and qualitative image quality on a 4-point score. Quantitative image quality assessment was performed (sharpness of the delineation of the ventricular septal wall) as well as a matched-pair comparison between navigator-gated and non-gated data sets. No significant differences were found in overall image quality or in the sharpness of the ventricular septal wall between gated and non-gated scans. A navigator acceptance of >80% was frequently found in patients ages <12 months, body surface area <0.40 m{sup 2}, body weight <10 kg and a size of <80 cm. Sequences without respiratory gating may be used in newborns and small infants, in particular if age <12 months, body surface area <0.40 m{sup 2}, body weight <10 kg and height <80 cm. (orig.)

  14. The added value of simultaneous EEG and amplitude-integrated EEG recordings in three newborn infants

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    de Vries, Nathalie K. S.; ter Horst, Hendrik J.; Bos, Arend F.

    2007-01-01

    Amplitude-integrated electroencephalograms (aEEGs) recorded by cerebral function monitors (CFMs) are used increasingly to monitor the cerebral activity of newborn infants with encephalopathy. Recently, new CFM devices became available which also reveal the original EEG signals from the same leads.

  15. Reliability of the echoMRI infant system for water and fat measurements in newborns

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    The precision and accuracy of a quantitative magnetic resonance (EchoMRI Infants) system in newborns were determined. Canola oil and drinking water phantoms (increments of 10 g to 1.9 kg) were scanned four times. Instrument reproducibility was assessed from three scans (within 10 minutes) in 42 heal...

  16. Pseudomonas Sepsis and Multiple Brain Abscesses in a Newborn Infant Following Neurosurgical Procedure for Meningocele

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    Bilgili Gökmen

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Postneurosurgical brain abscess carries a high risk of neurologic morbidity and mortality. Case Presentation: A newborn infant had Pseudomonas sepsis and multiple brain abscesses after meningocele repair, and was successfully treated medically. Conclusion: Prompt recognition of this life-threatening condition is crucial.

  17. Establishing reference intervals for electrolytes in newborns and infants using direct ISE analyzer

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    Background To generate clinically applicable reference intervals (RIs) for commonly requested electrolytes in Ethiopian newborns and infants that can help in early detection, close monitoring and correction of electrolyte abnormalities. Cord blood (from newborns, n = 60) and venous blood samples (from infants, n = 57) were collected and analyzed using direct ISE analyzer, AVL (9181). MedCalc® software was applied to determine the robust upper and lower end points covering 95% of the reference values of each electrolyte with respective 90% CIs. Findings This is an extension report of our recent study; and hence is resulted from the same data source. The level of Na+ and K+ showed difference in newborns and infants even though combined RIs were suggested by the Haris and Boyd rule as 126–143 mmol/l and 4.0-7.9 mmol/l respectively. However, Cl- values failed to show such a difference and thus a combined RI was determined to be 100–111 mmol/l. Almost all maternal, neonatal and infantile factors were not able to affect the values of the electrolytes. Conclusion Combined RIs are suggested for the interpretation of electrolyte values in newborns and infants without taking the effect of maternal, neonatal and infantile factors into account. Since the RIs were different from previously reported values, it will be appropriate to apply such RIs for the interpretation of electrolyte values in Ethiopian pediatric population. PMID:23688032

  18. ENDOSCOPIC BALLOON DILATATION OF ACQUIRED AIRWAY STENOSIS IN NEWBORN-INFANTS - A PROMISING TREATMENT

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    ELKERBOUT, SC; VANLINGEN, RA; GERRITSEN, J; ROORDA, RJ

    Acquired stenosis of the trachea or bronchus in newborn infants is a possible complication of perinatal intubation and mechanical ventilation. Although the exact pathophysiology is unknown, stenosis formation seems to be initiated by pressure necrosis. Prematurity is thought to be an important risk

  19. Administration of gentamicin and ampicillin by continuous intravenous infusion to newborn infants during parenteral nutrition

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    Colding, H; Andersen, G E

    1982-01-01

    inhibitory concentration for most bacterial strains. One very sick newborn infant died with overwhelming Klebsiella pneumoniae septicemia. No signs of renal toxicity or ototoxicity were found. The serum amino acids remained within the normal range, except in 1 child with cytomegalovirus infection and liver...

  20. Significant decrease in congenital malformations in newborn infants of an unselected population of diabetic women

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    Damm, P; Mølsted-Pedersen, L

    1989-01-01

    In an unselected and consecutive series of 1858 newborn infants of diabetic mothers, born in the Rigshospital, Copenhagen, in the period 1967 to 1986, congenital malformations were studied. The malformation rate in White Classes B to F was remarkably constant from 1967 to 1981, but a significant...

  1. Establishing reference intervals for electrolytes in newborns and infants using direct ISE analyzer.

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    Melkie, Mulugeta; Yigeremu, Mahilet; Nigussie, Paulos; Teka, Tilahun; Kinde, Samuel

    2013-05-20

    To generate clinically applicable reference intervals (RIs) for commonly requested electrolytes in Ethiopian newborns and infants that can help in early detection, close monitoring and correction of electrolyte abnormalities. Cord blood (from newborns, n = 60) and venous blood samples (from infants, n = 57) were collected and analyzed using direct ISE analyzer, AVL (9181). MedCalc® software was applied to determine the robust upper and lower end points covering 95% of the reference values of each electrolyte with respective 90% CIs. This is an extension report of our recent study; and hence is resulted from the same data source. The level of Na+ and K+ showed difference in newborns and infants even though combined RIs were suggested by the Haris and Boyd rule as 126-143 mmol/l and 4.0-7.9 mmol/l respectively. However, Cl- values failed to show such a difference and thus a combined RI was determined to be 100-111 mmol/l. Almost all maternal, neonatal and infantile factors were not able to affect the values of the electrolytes. Combined RIs are suggested for the interpretation of electrolyte values in newborns and infants without taking the effect of maternal, neonatal and infantile factors into account. Since the RIs were different from previously reported values, it will be appropriate to apply such RIs for the interpretation of electrolyte values in Ethiopian pediatric population.

  2. Tissue oxygenation monitoring in newborn infants at risk of circulatory failure

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    van der Laan, Michelle

    2015-01-01

    Seriously ill newborn infants admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) are at high risk of developing organ damage as a result of impaired organ blood flow and therefore impaired tissue oxygen delivery. Currently, organ tissue oxygen delivery cannot be measured continuously. Due to the

  3. PHENYLKETONURIA, DETECTION IN THE NEWBORN INFANT AS A ROUTINE HOSPITAL PROCEDURE.

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    GUTHRIE, ROBERT; WHITNEY, STEWART

    A FIELD TRIAL OF AN INHIBITION ASSAY METHOD FOR SCREENING FOR PHENYLKETONURIA (PKU) TESTED MORE THAN 400,000 NEWBORN INFANTS PRIOR TO DISCHARGE FROM THE HOSPTIAL. IN ALL, 39 CASES WERE FOUND, A HIGHER INCIDENCE THAN HAD PREVIOUSLY BEEN EXPECTED. THE PRACTICALITY OF THE INHIBITION ASSAY METHOD WAS ALSO DEMONSTRATED. THE REPORT DETAILS THE TRIAL'S…

  4. Impact of congenital heart disease on brain development in newborn infants

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    Moustafa M Abdel Raheem

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Objective: To assess brain development and brain injury in neonates with cyanotic and acyanotic congenital heart disease (CHD. Methods: The study included 52 term infants with CHD who were divided into two groups: Cyanotic (n=21 and acyanotic (n=31. Fifteen healthy neonates of matched age and sex were enrolled in the study as controls. Three-dimensional proton magnetic resonance spectroscopic imaging and diffusion tensor imaging were used to assess brain development and injury. We calculated the ratio of N-acetylaspartate (NAA to choline (which increases with maturation, average diffusivity (which decreases with maturation, fractional anisotropy of white matter (which increases with maturation, and the ratio of lactate to choline (which increases with brain injury. Results: As compared with control neonates, those with CHD had significant decrease in NAA/choline ratio (P<0.001, significant increase in lactate/choline ratio (P<0.0001, significant increase in average diffusivity (P<0.0001, and significant decrease of white matter fractional anisotropy (P<0.001. Neonates with cyanotic CHD had significant less brain development and more brain injury than those with acyanotic CHD (P<0.05. Conclusions: Newborn infants with cyanotic and acyanotic CHD are at high risk of brain injury and impaired brain maturity.

  5. Decreased cerebral blood flow after administration of sodium bicarbonate in the distressed newborn infant

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    Lou, H C; Lassen, N A; Fris-Hansen, B

    1978-01-01

    In the course of our studies on cerebral blood flow in newborn infants, we have observed a striking depressing effect of sodium bicarbonate infusion on cerebral blood flow which in some cases may severely aggravate cerebral ischemia. We measured cerebral blood flow before and after the treatment...... with 1 to 8 meqs of sodium bicarbonate in seven distressed newborn infants. The 133 Xe clearance technique was used. The results showed in six of the seven cases a decrease in cerebral blood flow, which in most cases was reduced to 14 to 22 ml/100 g/min, which is about half the value prior...... to the bicarbonate infusion. In one case an extreme reduction occurred: cerebral blood flow was reduced to 3 ml/100 g/min, well below the level compatible with tissue survival. The results are discussed with regard to the optimal treatment of the acidotic newborn....

  6. Exogenous surfactant therapy in 2013: what is next? who, when and how should we treat newborn infants in the future?

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    2013-01-01

    Background Surfactant therapy is one of the few treatments that have dramatically changed clinical practice in neonatology. In addition to respiratory distress syndrome (RDS), surfactant deficiency is observed in many other clinical situations in term and preterm infants, raising several questions regarding the use of surfactant therapy. Objectives This review focuses on several points of interest, including some controversial or confusing topics being faced by clinicians together with emerging or innovative concepts and techniques, according to the state of the art and the published literature as of 2013. Surfactant therapy has primarily focused on RDS in the preterm newborn. However, whether this treatment would be of benefit to a more heterogeneous population of infants with lung diseases other than RDS needs to be determined. Early trials have highlighted the benefits of prophylactic surfactant administration to newborns judged to be at risk of developing RDS. In preterm newborns that have undergone prenatal lung maturation with steroids and early treatment with continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), the criteria for surfactant administration, including the optimal time and the severity of RDS, are still under discussion. Tracheal intubation is no longer systematically done for surfactant administration to newborns. Alternative modes of surfactant administration, including minimally-invasive and aerosolized delivery, could thus allow this treatment to be used in cases of RDS in unstable preterm newborns, in whom the tracheal intubation procedure still poses an ethical and medical challenge. Conclusion The optimization of the uses and methods of surfactant administration will be one of the most important challenges in neonatal intensive care in the years to come. PMID:24112693

  7. Risk of respiratory morbidity in term infants delivered by elective caesarean section: cohort study

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    Hansen, Anne Kirkeby; Wisborg, Kirsten; Uldbjerg, Niels

    2007-01-01

    of the newborn, respiratory distress syndrome, persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn) and serious respiratory morbidity (oxygen therapy for more than two days, nasal continuous positive airway pressure, or need for mechanical ventilation). RESULTS: 2687 infants were delivered by elective caesarean...... section. Compared with newborns intended for vaginal delivery, an increased risk of respiratory morbidity was found for infants delivered by elective caesarean section at 37 weeks' gestation (odds ratio 3.9, 95% confidence interval 2.4 to 6.5), 38 weeks' gestation (3.0, 2.1 to 4.3), and 39 weeks......-eclampsia, and intrauterine growth retardation, or by breech presentation. CONCLUSION: Compared with newborns delivered vaginally or by emergency caesarean sections, those delivered by elective caesarean section around term have an increased risk of overall and serious respiratory morbidity. The relative risk increased...

  8. Early skin-to-skin contact for mothers and their healthy newborn infants

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    Moore, Elizabeth R; Anderson, Gene C; Bergman, Nils; Dowswell, Therese

    2014-01-01

    Background Mother-infant separation postbirth is common in Western culture. Early skin-to-skin contact (SSC) begins ideally at birth and involves placing the naked baby, head covered with a dry cap and a warm blanket across the back, prone on the mother’s bare chest. According to mammalian neuroscience, the intimate contact inherent in this place (habitat) evokes neurobehaviors ensuring fulfillment of basic biological needs. This time may represent a psychophysiologically ‘sensitive period’ for programming future physiology and behavior. Objectives To assess the effects of early SSC on breastfeeding, physiological adaptation, and behavior in healthy mother-newborn dyads. Search methods We searched the Cochrane Pregnancy and Childbirth Group’s Trials Register (30 November 2011), made personal contact with trialists, and consulted the bibliography on kangaroo mother care (KMC) maintained by Dr. Susan Ludington. Selection criteria Randomized controlled trials comparing early SSC with usual hospital care. Data collection and analysis We independently assessed trial quality and extracted data. Study authors were contacted for additional information. Main results Thirty-four randomized controlled trials were included involving 2177 participants (mother-infant dyads). Data from more than two trials were available for only eight outcome measures. For primary outcomes, we found a statistically significant positive effect of early SSC on breastfeeding at one to four months postbirth (13 trials; 702 participants) (risk ratio (RR) 1.27, 95% confidence interval (CI) 1.06 to 1.53, and SSC increased breastfeeding duration (seven trials; 324 participants) (mean difference (MD) 42.55 days, 95% CI −1.69 to 86.79) but the results did not quite reach statistical significance (P = 0.06). Late preterm infants had better cardio-respiratory stability with early SSC (one trial; 31 participants) (MD 2.88, 95% CI 0.53 to 5.23). Blood glucose 75 to 90 minutes following the birth was

  9. Newborn Infants and the Moral Significance of Intellectual Disabilities.

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    Vehmas, Simo

    1999-01-01

    Presents moral philosophical arguments regarding life-saving medical treatment that may be more available to infants without disabilities than to infants with intellectual disabilities. Argues that human well-being is not based merely on individual characteristics, but is a result of the individual's relation to other people. (Author/CR)

  10. [Palliative care for newborn infants with congenital malformations or genetic abnormalities].

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    Viallard, M-L; Moriette, G

    2017-02-01

    The choice of palliative care can be made today in the perinatal period, as it can be made in children and adults. Palliative care, rather than curative treatment, may be considered in three clinical situations: babies born at the limits of viability, withholding/withdrawing treatments in the NICU, and babies with severe malformations of genetic abnormalities identified during pregnancy. Only the last situation is addressed hereafter. In newborn infants as in older patients, palliative care aims at taking care of the baby and at providing comfort and well-being. The presence of human beings by the newborn infant, most importantly the parents and family, is of utmost importance. The available time should not be used only for care and medical treatments. Sufficient time should be kept for the parents to interact with the baby and for human presence and warmth. The best interests of the newborn infant are the main element for guiding appropriate care. Before birth, the choice of palliative care for newborn infants requires successive steps: (1) establishing a diagnosis of malformation(s) or genetic abnormalities; (2) making a prognosis and ruling out intensive treatments at birth and thereafter; (3) giving the parents appropriate information; (4) assisting the pregnant woman in deciding to continue pregnancy while excluding intensive treatment of the newborn baby; (5) dialoguing with parents about the expected duration of the baby's life and the related uncertainty; (6) planning of palliative care to be implemented at birth; (7) preparing a plan with the parents for discharging the infant from the hospital and for taking care of him over a long time, when it is deemed possible that the baby may live for more than a few days. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  11. Task-Oriented and Bottle Feeding Adversely Affect the Quality of Mother-Infant Interactions Following Abnormal Newborn Screens

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    Tluczek, Audrey; Clark, Roseanne; McKechnie, Anne Chevalier; Orland, Kate Murphy; Brown, Roger L.

    2010-01-01

    Objective Examine effects of newborn screening (NBS) and neonatal diagnosis on the quality of mother-infant interactions in the context of feeding. Methods Study compared the quality of mother-infant feeding interactions among four groups of infants classified by severity of NBS and diagnostic results: cystic fibrosis (CF), congenital hypothyroidism, heterozygote CF carrier, and healthy with normal NBS. The Parent-Child Early Relational Assessment and a task-oriented item measured the quality of feeding interactions for 130 dyads, infant ages 3–19 weeks (M=9.19, SD=3.28). The Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale and State-Trait Anxiety Inventory measured maternal depression and anxiety. Results Composite Indicator Structure Equation Modeling showed that infant diagnostic status and, to a lesser extent, maternal education predicted feeding method. Mothers of infants with CF were most likely to bottle feed, which was associated with more task-oriented maternal behavior than breastfeeding. Mothers with low task-oriented behavior showed more sensitivity and responsiveness to infant cues, as well as less negative affect and behavior in their interactions with their infants than mothers with high task-oriented scores. Mothers of infants with CF were significantly more likely to have clinically significant anxiety and depression than the other groups. However, maternal psychological profile did not predict feeding method or interaction quality. Conclusions Mothers in the CF group were the least likely to breastfeed. Research is needed to explicate long-term effects of feeding methods on quality of mother-child relationship and ways to promote continued breastfeeding following a neonatal CF diagnosis. PMID:20495477

  12. Cranial sonography in term and near-term infants

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    Yikilmaz, Ali [Gevher Nesibe Hospital and Erciyes Medical School, Department of Radiology, Talas, Kayseri (Turkey); Taylor, George A. [Children' s Hospital Boston and Harvard Medical School, Department of Radiology, Boston, MA (United States)

    2008-06-15

    Sonographic patterns of brain injury in the term and near-term infant are quite different from those in the premature infant. Although periventricular leukomalacia and germinal matrix hemorrhage are rarely seen in term infants, selective neuronal injury, parasagittal infarction, focal stroke, diffuse hypoxic-ischemic injury, and deep parenchymal hemorrhages are more common lesions. In addition, congenital brain tumors, hamartomatous lesions, such as hemimegalencephaly, and tuberous sclerosis can mimic ischemic and hemorrhagic injury. Sonography remains an important tool in the initial evaluation of intracranial abnormalities in critically ill term and near-term infants. An understanding of the differences in etiology, sonographic patterns, and limitations of sonography in the term infant is essential for accurate and effective diagnoses in this age group. (orig.)

  13. Trained immunity in newborn infants of HBV-infected mothers

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    Hong, Michelle; Sandalova, Elena; Low, Diana; Gehring, Adam J.; Fieni, Stefania; Amadei, Barbara; Urbani, Simonetta; Chong, Yap-Seng; Guccione, Ernesto; Bertoletti, Antonio

    2015-01-01

    The newborn immune system is characterized by an impaired Th1-associated immune response. Hepatitis B virus (HBV) transmitted from infected mothers to newborns is thought to exploit the newborns’ immune system immaturity by inducing a state of immune tolerance that facilitates HBV persistence. Contrary to this hypothesis, we demonstrate here that HBV exposure in utero triggers a state of trained immunity, characterized by innate immune cell maturation and Th1 development, which in turn enhances the ability of cord blood immune cells to respond to bacterial infection in vitro. These training effects are associated with an alteration of the cytokine environment characterized by low IL-10 and, in most cases, high IL-12p40 and IFN-α2. Our data uncover a potentially symbiotic relationship between HBV and its natural host, and highlight the plasticity of the fetal immune system following viral exposure in utero. PMID:25807344

  14. INTESTINAL COLIC IN NEWBORNS AND INFANTS: FROM DIAGNOSTICS TO THE DIFFERENTIATED CORRECTION

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    I.A. Belyaeva

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Functional disorders of digestion are the most widespread disturbances of adaptation in infants. The article presents classification of colic in newborns and infants, characterizes their etiology and pathogenesis depending on maturity of a child, presence of perinatal pathology, defects of nursing and nutrition. Authors describe main principles of intestinal colic correction including diet and medicamental treatment in infants. «Mild» drugs (herbal therapy have some advantages in treatment of colic. The results of an observation of 47 mature and premature infants treated with Plantex are presented.Key words: infants, intestinal colics, dietotherapy, herbal therapy.(Voprosy sovremennoi pediatrii — Current Pediatrics. 2011; 10 (2: 137–140

  15. [Hyperbilirubinemia in full-term newborns. Predictive factors].

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    Carbonell Estrany, X; Botet Mussons, F; Figueras Aloy, J; Riu Godó, A

    1999-04-01

    Nowadays economical criteria lead to early maternal hospital discharge, even before 48 hours after labor, producing an increase in neonatal readmissions for hyperbilirubinemia. We tried to predict the healthy term newborns that may develop a significant hyperbilirubinemia (> or = 17 mg/dl in the first 4 days of life). Bilirubin in umbilical cord blood, transcutaneous measurements of bilirubin at 24, 48 and between 60 and 96 hours of life and bilirubin in blood obtained from heel-sticks at 96 hours was analyzed in 610 newborns. Moreover, serum bilirubin was determined at the same time-points in 169 newborns submitted to blood extractions for different reasons. The transcutaneous bilirubinometer used was a Minolta/Air-Shields JM-102. A significant hyperbilirubinemia was present in 2.95% of the newborns. The correlation between serum and transcutaneous bilirubin was high (r = 0.92; p or = 6 mg/dl and > or = 9 mg/dl, respectively, predicted a subsequent hyperbilirubinemia with a sensitivity of 100% at both time-points, specificity of 47.5% and 64.3%, positive predictive value of 7.3% and 16.4%, respectively, and a negative predictive value of 100% for both. Transcutaneous measurement at 48 hours with a cut-off point of 13 (equivalent to a bilirubinemia of 9 mg/dl) predicts hyperbilirubinemia with a sensitivity of 94.4%, specificity of 51.7%, positive predictive value of 6.0% and negative predictive value of 99.6%. If the newborn presents a bilirubinemia > or = 6 mg/dl at 24 hours and > or = 9 mg/dl or a transcutaneous measurement > or = 13 at 48 hours a new bilirubin measurement must be performed between 48 and 72 hours of life.

  16. [The newborn infant of a mother with tuberculosis].

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    Pedicino, R; Bressan, K; Bedetta, M

    2010-06-01

    TBC is a major infectious emergency in the world. OMS suggest that there are 8 millions of affected every year and 2 millions of deaths. Italy is considered a country with low prevalence, but the increase of the immigration from Africa Asia and Est Europa (country with high risk) imposes attention to the problem. The delivery is a critical moment to investigate people at risk of disease. The infection of the newborn can happen intrauterine or in the expulsive period, but is possible also at home, from somebody affected by an active pulmonary disease. Diagnosis in the newborn is not easy for the aspecificity of clinical signs and for the frequent initial negativeness of Mantoux test. Culture of placenta, gastric aspirate, tracheal secretions, urine would be requested, cerebrospinal fluid if necessary. Neonatal disease needs therapy with isoniazide, rifampicine, pirazinamide and, or ethambutol, or streptomycin. Profilaxis of a newborn from a woman affected by an active form of tuberculosis or living with people affected by an active pulmonary form consists in giving isoniazide until diagnostic tests are negative and in removing the sicks (only with pulmonary disease). New dangerous kinds of pharmacological multiresistent tuberculosis are appeared in the last years in the world and, with the coinfection HIV-TBC and the reorganization of the surveillance system, represents the major obligation for the next years.

  17. Apnea in the Otherwise Healthy, Term Newborn: National Prevalence and Utilization during the Birth Hospitalization.

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    Levin, Jonathan C; Jang, Jisun; Rhein, Lawrence M

    2017-02-01

    To describe the prevalence of apnea in otherwise healthy term newborns, identify attributable length of stay (LOS) and healthcare utilization (cost) of apnea, and measure hospital variation in attributable LOS and cost of apnea in this population. We conducted a secondary analysis of a national administrative dataset, the 2012 Kids' Inpatient Database, which included 3.4 million newborn discharges in the US. The birth hospitalizations of approximately 2.6 million otherwise healthy, full-term newborns were included for analysis. Attributable LOS and cost of apnea were calculated using multivariate analyses. Apnea was diagnosed in 1 in 1000 healthy full-term newborns. Multivariate analyses showed that newborns with apnea had 0.6 days longer LOS (P term newborns, per birth hospitalization. Newborns diagnosed with apnea plus hypoxia and/or bradycardia had 1.4 days longer LOS (P term newborn. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  18. A prime time for trained immunity: innate immune memory in newborns and infants.

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    Levy, Ofer; Wynn, James L

    2014-01-01

    The newborn and infant periods of early life are associated with heightened vulnerability to infection. Limited antigen exposure and distinct adaptive immune function compared to the adult places a greater burden on innate immunity for host defense to microbial challenge during this time. Trained immunity describes the phenomenon of augmented innate immune function following a stimulus that is not specific to the original stimulus. We review the concept of trained immunity in the context of the newborn's unique innate immune system function, the preclinical and clinical evidence that supports the tenet of innate immune memory in early life, and potential consequences of altered innate immune host responses. © 2013 S. Karger AG, Basel.

  19. Improving survival rates of newborn infants in South Africa

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    Greenfield David

    2005-08-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The number, rates and causes of early neonatal deaths in South Africa were not known. Neither had modifiable factors associated with these deaths been previously documented. An audit of live born infants who died in the first week of life in the public service could help in planning strategies to reduce the early neonatal mortality rate. Methods The number of live born infants weighing 1000 g or more, the number of these infants who die in the first week of life, the primary and final causes of these deaths, and the modifiable factors associated with them were collected over four years from 102 sites in South Africa as part of the Perinatal Problem Identification Programme. Results The rate of death in the first week of life for infants weighing 1000 g or more was unacceptably high (8.7/1000, especially in rural areas (10.42/1000. Intrapartum hypoxia and preterm delivery are the main causes of death. Common modifiable factors included inadequate staffing and facilities, poor care in labour, poor neonatal resuscitation and basic care, and difficulties for patients in accessing health care. Conclusion Practical, affordable and effective steps can be taken to reduce the number of infants who die in the first week of life in South Africa. These could also be implemented in other under resourced countries.

  20. [Dermohypodermitis and gut translocation Escherichia coli septicemia in a newborn infant].

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    Gouache, E; Chantier, E; Hubert, N; Rivière, M-F

    2013-01-01

    The burden of neonatal bacterial infections continues. They remain a significant cause of death and morbidity, despite recommendations for prevention. The epidemiology of these infections has changed. Currently the two most causative pathogens for early-onset neonatal sepsis and for late-onset sepsis in term infants are Group B streptococci (GBS) and Escherichia coli. E. coli's role is increasingly important since the widespread use of intrapartum antibiotic prophylaxis. In late-onset infections, one of the suggested pathophysiological mechanisms is microbial translocation in the gut secondary to digestive colonization, particularly when E. coli is isolated in blood cultures. This can occur either before or after birth. Bacterial sepsis can be associated with various non-specific peripheral manifestations involving skin and soft tissues. We report the case of a full-term, 26-day-old newborn admitted to the hospital for fever. She presented with dermohypodermitis of the left trunk and was diagnosed with E. coli septicemia. She was discharged in good condition after appropriate intravenous antibiotic therapy. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  1. Different methods for assessment of nutritional status in newborn infants based on physical and anthropometric indexes: a short review article

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    Ali Asghar Rashidi

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Several complications during childhood is associated with nutritional status of infants at birth. Therefore, nutritional status of newborns must be evaluated properly after birth. Assessment of the nutritional status of neonates based on anthropometric and physical indices is simple and inexpensive without the need for advanced medical equipment. However, no previous studies have focused on the assessment methods of the nutritional status of infants via anthropometric and physical indices. This study aimed to review some of the key methods used to determine the nutritional status of neonates using anthropometric and physical indices. To date, most studies have focused on the diagnosis of fetal malnutrition (FM and growth monitoring. In order to diagnose FM, researchers have used growth charts and Ponderal index (PI based on anthropometric indices, as well as Clinical Assessment of Nutritional (CAN Score based on physical features. Moreover, in order to assess the growth status of infants, growth charts were used. According to the findings of this study, standard intrauterine growth curves and the PI are common measurement tools in the diagnosis of FM. Furthermore, CAN score is widely used in the evaluation of the nutritional status of neonates. Given the differences in the physical features of term and preterm infants, this index should be adjusted for preterm neonates. Longitudinal growth charts are one of the most prominent methods used for monitoring of the growth patterns of infants.

  2. Prediction of hyperbilirubinemia by noninvasive methods in full-term newborns

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    Danijela Furlan

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: The noninvasive screening methods for bilirubin determination were studied prospectively in a group of full-term healthy newborns with the aim of early prediction of pathological neonatal hyperbilirubinemia. Laboratory determination of bilirubin (Jendrassik-Grof (JG was compared to the noninvasive transcutaneous bilirubin (TcBIL together with the determination of bilirubin in cord blood.Methods: The study group consisted of 284 full-term healthy consecutively born infants in the period from March to June 2011. The whole group was divided into a group of physiological (n=199, and a group of pathological hyperbilirubinemia (n=85 according to the level of total bilirubin (220 μmol/L. Bilirubin in cord blood (CbBIL and from capillary blood at the age of three days was determined according to the JG, on the 3rd day TcBIL was also detected by Bilicheck bilirubinometer. The Kolmogorov-Smirnov and Mann-Whitney tests were used for the statistical analysis.Results: Bilirubin concentrations were statisti cally significantly different (CbBIL (p<0,001 on the 3rd day control sample (p<0,001, TcBil (p<0,001 between the groups of newborns with physiological (n=199 and pathological (n=85 hyperbilirubinemia. Using the cut-off value of cord blood bilirubin 28 μmol/L, we could predict the development of pathological hyperbiliru binemia with 98.8% prognostic specificity, and with 100% sensitivity that newborns will not require a phototherapy (all irradiated newborns were taken into account. We confirmed an excellent agreement between bilirubin concentrations determined by the TcBIL and JG methods for both groups of healthy full-term newborns.Conclusion: Based on our results, we could recommend that determination of the cord blood bilirubin in combination with the measurement of TcBIL should be implemented into practice for early prediction of pathological hyperbilirubinemia in full-term healthy newborns. The advantages of both methods in the routine

  3. Secretory phospholipase A(2) in newborn infants with sepsis

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    Schrama, A. J. J.; De Beaufort, A. J.; Poorthuis, B. J. H. M.; Berger, H. M.; Walther, F. J.

    2008-01-01

    Objective: To investigate secretory phospholipase A(2) ( sPLA(2)) activity in neonatal sepsis. Study Design: Plasma sPLA(2) activity, C- reactive protein ( CRP) concentration, leukocyte count and immature/ total neutrophil ( I/ T) ratio were assessed in a group of 156 infants admitted for neonatal

  4. Standard of hygiene and immune adaptation in newborn infants

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    Kallionpaa, Henna; Laajala, Essi; Oling, Viveka; Harkonen, Taina; Tillmann, Vallo; Dorshakova, Natalya V.; Ilonen, Jorma; Landesmaki, Harri; Knip, Mikael; Lahesmaa, Riitta; Koski, Katriina; Koski, Matti; Ryhanen, Samppa; Siljander, Heli; Hamalainen, Anu-Maaria; Ormisson, Anne; Peet, Aleksandr; Ulich, Valentina; Kuzmicheva, Elena; Mokurov, Sergei; Markova, Svettana; Pylova, Svetlana; Isakova, Marina; Shakurova, Elena; Petrov, Vladimir; Karapetyan, Tatyana; Varlamova, Tatyana; Ilonen, Jorma; Kiviniemi, Minna; Alnek, Kristi; Janson, Helis; Uibo, Raivo; Salum, Tiit; von Mutius, Erika; Weber, Juliane; Ahlfors, Helena; Moulder, Robert; Nieminen, Janne; Ruohtula, Terhi; Vaarala, Outi; Honkanen, Hanna; Hyoty, Heikki; Kondrashova, Anita; Oikarinen, Sami; Harmsen, Hermie J. M.; De Goffau, Marcus C.; Welling, Gjalt; Alahuhta, Kirsi; Korhonen, Tuuli; Virtanen, Suvi M.

    2014-01-01

    The prevalence of immune-mediated diseases, such as allergies and type 1 diabetes, is on the rise in the developed world. In order to explore differences in the gene expression patterns induced in utero in infants born in contrasting standards of living and hygiene, we collected umbilical cord blood

  5. Dissociation between Small and Large Numerosities in Newborn Infants

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    Coubart, Aurélie; Izard, Véronique; Spelke, Elizabeth S.; Marie, Julien; Streri, Arlette

    2014-01-01

    In the first year of life, infants possess two cognitive systems encoding numerical information: one for processing the numerosity of sets of 4 or more items, and the second for tracking up to 3 objects in parallel. While a previous study showed the former system to be already present a few hours after birth, it is unknown whether the latter…

  6. Climate change is associated with male:female ratios of fetal deaths and newborn infants in Japan

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    Fukuda, Misao; Fukuda, Kiyomi; Shimizu, Takashi

    2014-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: To evaluate whether climate change is associated with male:female ratios (sex ratios) of fetal deaths and births in Japan. DESIGN: A population-based cohort study. SETTING: Not applicable. PATIENT(S): Newborn infants and fetuses spontaneously aborted after 12 weeks of gestation....... INTERVENTION(S): None. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE(S): Yearly sex ratios of fetal deaths and newborn infants and monthly fetal death rates and sex ratios of newborn infants. RESULT(S): A statistically significant positive association was found between yearly temperature differences and sex ratios of fetal deaths......; a statistically significant negative association was found between temperature differences and sex ratios of newborn infants from 1968 to 2012, and between sex ratios of births and of fetal deaths. The sex ratios of fetal deaths have been increasing steadily along with temperature differences, whereas the sex...

  7. NONIMMUNE HYDROPS-FETALIS AND BILATERAL PULMONARY HYPOPLASIA IN A NEWBORN-INFANT WITH EXTRALOBAR PULMONARY SEQUESTRATION

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    BRUS, F; NIKKELS, PGJ; VANLOON, AJ; OKKEN, A

    Extralobar pulmonary sequestration was found in a newborn premature infant that presented with non-immune hydrops fetalis, massive bilateral hydrothorax and polyhydramnios in utero. The baby died of severe respiratory insufficiency 15 h after birth. Postmortem examination revealed distended

  8. Auditory brainstem responses in term newborns with hyperbilirubinemia

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    Mônica Jubran Chapchap

    2006-09-01

    Full Text Available Objective: To evaluate auditory brainstem responses in term newbornswith hyperbilirubinemia. Methods: Seventy-one newborns, 35 withaggravated physiological neonatal jaundice (group I, 24 with ABOblood incompatibility (group II and 12 not suffering from jaundice orany other disease were submitted to auditory brainstem responses.Statistical analysis of variance was performed to evaluate waveformreproducibility, absolute and interwave latencies, and Pearsoncoefficient was used to evaluate the association between the level ofserum bilirubin and abnormalities in the auditory brainstem responses.Results: According to the criteria assumed in the present paperwaveform alterations were more frequently found in group II than inthe control group (p = 0.023. No significant differences were observedbetween groups I and II (p = 0.083 or between control group andgroup I (p = 0.166. Wave I latency at 80 dBHL for good reproducibilityresponses and III-V interwave latency at 40 dBHL for poor reproducibilityresponses of newborns with hyperbilirubinemia showed significantfindings in relation to the control group (0.008 and 0.004 respectively.There was positive, weak (9% association between serum indirectbilirubin levels and auditory brainstem responses only when the twogroups were analyzed together. Conclusions: Neonatalhyperbilirubinemia changed the conduction of auditory stimulus interm newborns with jaundice caused by ABO blood incompatibility.There was poor positive association between plasma levels of bilirubinand abnormalities in auditory brainstem responses.

  9. Gastric emptying patterns of a liquid meal in newborn infants, measured by epigastric impedance

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    Lange, Aksel; Funch-Jensen, Peter; Thommesen, Peter

    1997-01-01

    time (T50) was calculated. For mature infants it was found to be 6.9 mins. For a second meal given within an hour after the first meal the half emptying time was 5.5 mins (p small......  Epigastric impedance was used to measure patterns of the gastric emptying of a liquid non-caloric meal (5 ml water/kg) in newborn infants. The emptying patterns consisted of two components, theemptying signal - the DC component - and a phasic 3 cycle per minutes (CPM) signal - the AC component.......A periodic change of the impedance signal, the phasic 3 CPM signal, was observed after a meal in 24 of the infants. The median frequency was 3.03 CPM in 20 mature and 2.93 CPM in 4 preterminfants. In 9 infants a phasic 3 CPM signal was observed during fasting state. The median frequency was 2.9 CPM...

  10. Reciprocal face-to-face communication between rhesus macaque mothers and their newborn infants.

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    Ferrari, Pier Francesco; Paukner, Annika; Ionica, Consuel; Suomi, Stephen J

    2009-11-03

    Human mothers interact emotionally with their newborns through exaggerated facial expressions, speech, mutual gaze, and body contact, a capacity that has long been considered uniquely human [1-4]. Current developmental psychological theories propose that this pattern of mother-infant exchange promotes the regulation of infant emotions [4-6] and serves as a precursor of more complex forms of social exchange including perspective taking and empathy. Here we report that in rhesus macaques, mother-infant pairs also communicate intersubjectively via complex forms of emotional exchanges including exaggerated lipsmacking, sustained mutual gaze, mouth-mouth contacts, and neonatal imitation. Infant macaques solicit their mother's affiliative responses and actively communicate to her. However, this form of communication disappears within the infant's first month of life. Our data challenge the view that the mother-infant communicative system functions in order to sustain proximity and that infants are simply passive recipients in such interaction. Thus, emotional communication between mother and infant is not uniquely human. Instead, we can trace back to macaques the evolutionary foundation of those behaviors that are crucial for the establishment of a functional capacity to socially exchange with others.

  11. L-citrulline provides a novel strategy for treating chronic pulmonary hypertension in newborn infants

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    Fike, Candice D.; Summar, Marshall; Aschner, Judy L.

    2014-01-01

    Effective therapies are urgently needed for infants with forms of pulmonary hypertension that develop or persist beyond the first week of life. The L-arginine nitric oxide (NO) precursor, L-citrulline, improves NO signalling and ameliorates pulmonary hypertension in newborn animal models. In vitro studies demonstrate that manipulating L-citrulline transport alters NO production. Conclusion Strategies that increase the supply and transport of L-citrulline merit pursuit as novel approaches to managing infants with chronic, progressive pulmonary hypertension. PMID:24862864

  12. A survey of natal and neonatal teeth in newborn infants

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    Chun-Hsiang Wang; Yai-Tin Lin; Yng-Tzer J. Lin

    2017-01-01

    Since there is no comprehensive research of natal and neonatal teeth in Taiwan, careful investigation of natal or neonatal teeth is worthy of being studied. This retrospective study investigated the prevalence and clinical characteristics of natal or neonatal teeth in a hospital setting, and analyzed the possible relationships between investigated variables of the natal or neonatal teeth. Methods: All of the 12,019 infants born at an assigned hospital between January 1, 2008 and December 3...

  13. Urine D-arabinitol/L-arabinitol ratio in diagnosis of invasive candidiasis in newborn infants.

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    Sigmundsdóttir, G; Christensson, B; Björklund, L J; Håkansson, K; Pehrson, C; Larsson, L

    2000-08-01

    Infants treated in neonatal intensive care units suffer an increased risk for invasive candidiasis, but the diagnosis is sometimes difficult. D-arabinitol is a metabolite of most pathogenic Candida species. An elevated urine D-arabinitol/L-arabinitol (DA/LA) ratio is a sensitive sign of invasive candidiasis in children with cancer, but the method has not been previously evaluated for newborn infants. We therefore enrolled 117 infants in a neonatal intensive care unit, and 411 urine samples were obtained on filter paper. The DA/LA ratio was measured by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry. For 81 infants with no suspicion of superficial or invasive candidiasis, the urine DA/LA ratio was 2.7 +/- 0.7 (mean +/- standard deviation [SD]). The upper cutoff level was set at 4.8 (mean plus 3 SD). Of 22 infants with mucocutaneous candidiasis and not given systemic antifungal treatment, two had elevated DA/LA ratios, which normalized after removal of intravascular catheters. Eight other infants were given empiric antifungal treatment but had negative cultures; five of these had repeatedly elevated DA/LA ratios. Six infants with culture-positive invasive candidiasis all had one or more samples with elevated ratios. For seven infants, three with suspected and four with confirmed invasive candidiasis (for which follow-up samples were available), ratios normalized during antifungal treatment. In conclusion, urine DA/LA ratio determination is a rapid test and can be used for newborns. It is possibly more sensitive than fungal blood cultures in the diagnosis of invasive candidiasis and can also be used for monitoring the effect of antifungal treatment.

  14. Standard of hygiene and immune adaptation in newborn infants.

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    Kallionpää, Henna; Laajala, Essi; Öling, Viveka; Härkönen, Taina; Tillmann, Vallo; Dorshakova, Natalya V; Ilonen, Jorma; Lähdesmäki, Harri; Knip, Mikael; Lahesmaa, Riitta

    2014-11-01

    The prevalence of immune-mediated diseases, such as allergies and type 1 diabetes, is on the rise in the developed world. In order to explore differences in the gene expression patterns induced in utero in infants born in contrasting standards of living and hygiene, we collected umbilical cord blood RNA samples from infants born in Finland (modern society), Estonia (rapidly developing society) and the Republic of Karelia, Russia (poor economic conditions). The whole blood transcriptome of Finnish and Estonian neonates differed from their Karelian counterparts, suggesting exposure to toll-like receptor (TLR) ligands and a more matured immune response in infants born in Karelia. These results further support the concept of a conspicuous plasticity in the developing immune system: the environmental factors that play a role in the susceptibility/protection towards immune-mediated diseases begin to shape the neonatal immunity already in utero and direct the maturation in accordance with the surrounding microbial milieu. Copyright © 2014. Published by Elsevier Inc.

  15. Multiple arterial anomalies in the newborn infant. Echocardiographic and angiographic diagnosis

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    Ivan Romero Rivera

    2000-08-01

    Full Text Available Multiple arterial anomalies characterized by tortuosity and rolling of the pulmonary arteries and aorta were diagnosed on echocardiography in an asymptomatic newborn infant with a phenotype suggesting Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. These changes were later confirmed on angiography, which also showed peripheral vascular abnormalities. The electrocardiogram showed a probable hemiblock of the left anterosuperior branch, and the chest x-ray showed an excavated pulmonary trunk with normal pulmonary flow.

  16. False-positive newborn screening mimicking glutaric aciduria type I in infants with renal insufficiency.

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    Hennermann, Julia B; Roloff, Sylvia; Gellermann, Jutta; Grüters, Annette; Klein, Jeannette

    2009-12-01

    Glutaric aciduria type I (GA I), an autosomal-recessive deficiency of glutaryl-CoA-dehydrogenase, leads to encephalopathic crises resulting in irreversible neurological damage. As early diagnosis and implementation of appropriate treatment has significant benefit for these patients, GA I has been implemented in the extended newborn screening program in several countries. Screening parameter is glutarylcarnitine (C5DC) with its ratios. From 1 January 2005 until 31 December 2008, 173,846 newborns were examined by neonatal screening in our screening center. C5DC and/or at least three C5DC/acylcarnitine ratios were increased in 53 newborns (0.03%) and persisted in 11 infants after recall. GA I was not confirmed in any of these infants, but all 11 infants were suffering from renal insufficiency due to congenital (5/11) or acquired (6/11) renal disease. C5DC was shown to be significantly associated with renal affection and was significantly higher in infants with congenital renal insufficiency than in those with acquired renal insufficiency (p = 0.011). Creatinine correlated significantly with C5DC (p = 0.001) and all C5DC/acylcarnitine ratios, mainly with C5DC/(C8 + C10), C5DC/C0, C5DC/C2, C5DC/C4, and C5DC/C8 (for all: p = 0.001). Glutarylcarnitinemia associated with renal insufficiency has not yet been studied systematically. Renal damage in neonates might lead to disturbances in renal transporter systems of glutaric acid and its metabolites and a decreased excretion of C5DC, thus resulting in an increase of plasma C5DC. Therefore, newborns presenting with a positive screening indicating GA I may be considered not only to suffer from GA I but from renal insufficiency as well.

  17. The management of respiratory distress in the moderately preterm newborn infant.

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    Miall, Lawrence; Wallis, Sam

    2011-08-01

    Respiratory distress in a moderately preterm baby often presents diagnostic and management challenges to the attending paediatrician. Many of these babies will require little or no intervention, but it is known that early intervention in babies with acute respiratory distress often prevents further complications. Most current research evidence relates to extremely preterm newborns, yet moderately preterm infants are numerically far more common. This article explores the differential diagnosis of respiratory distress in this population and presents an evidence based approach to treatment.

  18. Lethal effect of a single dose of rasburicase in a preterm newborn infant.

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    Zaramella, Patrizia; De Salvia, Alessandra; Zaninotto, Martina; Baraldi, Maura; Capovilla, Giovanni; De Leo, Domenico; Chiandetti, Lino

    2013-01-01

    This case report describes a preterm newborn infant who was treated with a single dose of rasburicase for an increase in uric acid level. He died on the third day as a result of complications of hemolysis, which appeared to be precipitated by rasburicase. The patient's death was preceded by progressive respiratory insufficiency, lactic acidosis, and hyperbilirubinemia, culminating in refractory hypoxia and hypotension. A postmortem assay for glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase showed deficiency and the glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase Mediterranean genotype.

  19. A Prime Time for Trained Immunity: Innate Immune Memory in Newborns & Infants

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    Levy, Ofer; Wynn, James L.

    2013-01-01

    The newborn and infant periods of early life are associated with heightened vulnerability to infection. Limited antigen exposure and distinct adaptive immune function compared to the adult places a greater burden on innate immunity for host defense to microbial challenge during this time. Trained immunity describes the phenomenon of augmented innate immune function following a stimulus that is not specific to the original stimulus. We review the concept of trained immunity in the context of t...

  20. [Fatty acid composition of human milk from mothers of preterm and full-term infants].

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    Marín, María C; Sanjurjo, Adriana L; Sager, Gustavo; Margheritis, César; de Alaniz, María J T

    2009-08-01

    Human milk is an essential food for newborns and affects life in the long or short terms. Its composition is modified by nutritional status and maternal diet as well as by gestational age of the newborn. It provides human milk-fed infants with the medium-chain fatty acids which are a source of energy, and essential fatty acids and their metabolic derivatives which have been involved in the neural maturation. Due to the fact that there is little local data concerning the fatty acid composition in human milk of pre-term and full-term newborns, the present study was carried out in women living in the urban area of the Buenos Aires Province. Samples were provided by the Bank of Human Milk, H.I.G.A. San Martín Hospital. They corresponded to mothers who had delivered preterm infants (28-36 weeks of gestational age) or full-term infants (37-42 weeks of gestational ages). Total lipids were extracted, and the fatty acid composition was determined by gas-liquid chromatography. Results showed increases in saturated fatty acids up to 14 carbon atoms and in polyunsaturated fatty acids in mothers of preterm newborns compared with those of full-term newborns. It can be concluded that gestational age affects human milk fatty acid composition. This food is essential for pre-term newborns as it is the source of energetic compounds (saturated fatty acids) as well as plastic compounds, (polyunsaturated fatty acids) which are essential for the synthesis of structural lipids and neural development.

  1. A survey of natal and neonatal teeth in newborn infants.

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    Wang, Chun-Hsiang; Lin, Yai-Tin; Lin, Yng-Tzer J

    2017-03-01

    Since there is no comprehensive research of natal and neonatal teeth in Taiwan, careful investigation of natal or neonatal teeth is worthy of being studied. This retrospective study investigated the prevalence and clinical characteristics of natal or neonatal teeth in a hospital setting, and analyzed the possible relationships between investigated variables of the natal or neonatal teeth. All of the 12,019 infants born at an assigned hospital between January 1, 2008 and December 31, 2014 were investigated for natal or neonatal teeth. The identified individuals were reviewed for systemic diseases. Dental examinations included the location, clinical appearance, and degree of mobility. A positive family history of natal or neonatal teeth and mother's physical condition before delivery were also investigated. The collected data were analyzed using Fisher's exact test. Thirty infants were identified with a total of 43 natal or neonatal teeth (females, 19; males, 11). Most of the teeth were in the mandibular primary incisor position (97.6%). A radiographic examination confirmed that not all of the natal or neonatal teeth were supernumerary. No significant differences were observed between males and females in tooth morphology, positive family history, and treatment methods (p > 0.05) or between normal and conical shapes in positive family history, premature infant, mother's physical condition before delivery, and treatment methods (p > 0.05). Most of the natal or neonatal teeth were in the mandibular primary incisor position and not all of them were supernumerary. No gender differences were found in tooth morphology, positive family history, and treatment methods. The tooth morphology was not significantly related to a positive family history, premature delivery, or the mother's physical condition before delivery. Copyright © 2016. Published by Elsevier B.V.

  2. Noninvasive Monitoring during Interhospital Transport of Newborn Infants

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    Georg M. Schmölzer

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available The main indications for interhospital neonatal transports are radiographic studies (e.g., magnet resonance imaging and surgical interventions. Specialized neonatal transport teams need to be skilled in patient care, communication, and equipment management and extensively trained in resuscitation, stabilization, and transport of critically ill infants. However, there is increasing evidence that clinical assessment of heart rate, color, or chest wall movements is imprecise and can be misleading even in experienced hands. The aim of the paper was to review the current evidence on clinical monitoring equipment during interhospital neonatal transport.

  3. Premedication Use Before Nonemergent Intubation in the Newborn Infant.

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    Muniraman, Hemananda K; Yaari, Jonathan; Hand, Ivan

    2015-07-01

    In 2010, an American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) clinical report recommended that except for emergent situations, premedication should be used for all endotracheal intubations in newborns. The purpose of this study is to ascertain the current practice of premedication before elective intubation. An online, survey-based questionnaire on the practice of premedication before nonemergent intubations was distributed via e-mail to neonatologists who are members of the Perinatal Section of the AAP. Although 72% of respondents believed premedication should be used in nonemergent intubations, only 34% of the respondents report frequently premedicating before intubation with significant variation among the neonatal units (46% among level 4 units and 27% in level 3 and 2 units) p = 0.000. About 44% of respondents report having a written protocol or guideline on premedication which significantly correlated with the use of premedication (62% in level 4, 33% in level 3, and 16% in level 2 units), p = 0.000. Despite a recent AAP clinical report recommending the use of premedication before nonemergent endotracheal intubation, only one-third of neonatologists report frequent use of premedication and less than half of the institutions have a written protocol on premedication. Thieme Medical Publishers 333 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY 10001, USA.

  4. [Short-term morbidity in newborns of the late preterm period].

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    Moreno-Plata, Héctor; Rangel-Nava, Hugo Alfredo; Félix-Arce, Carlos; Valdovinos-Chávez, Salvador; Méndez Lozano, Daniel Humberto

    2011-03-01

    Preterm birth is the most common cause of antepartum hospitalization. Currently little is known about neonatal morbidity in late preterm period. To compare the short-term morbidity of infants born at term (37 0/7-41 0/7 weeks gestational age) of low-risk pregnancies with newborns in the late preterm period (34 0/7 to 36 6/7 weeks gestational age) of low-risk pregnancies. retrospective study of births in the Hospital Metropolitano, Secretaria de Salud del Estado de Nuevo León (Mexico) between January 1, 2005 to December 31, 2007. The study included preterm births in the late period of low risk pregnancies in spontaneous labor, and three control cases matched at term of the same features for each of the late preterm. Neonatal complications were compared among those born in the late preterm period to term infants. Late preterm births accounted for 2.2% of births and had higher incidences of respiratory distress syndrome, longer hospital stay, jaundice requiring phototherapy and hypoglycemia than those born at term. Late preterm births are a vulnerable group with significant neonatal morbidity. It is necessary to design strategies to improve neonatal outcomes in late preterm group.

  5. Kinetics and dose calculations of ampicillin and gentamicin given as continuous intravenous infusion during parenteral nutrition in 88 newborn infants

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    Colding, H; Møller, S; Bentzon, M W

    1983-01-01

    Ampicillin and gentamicin were administered continuously intravenously to 88 newborn infants using individually calculated dosages. For infants with a mean value of plasma clearance of the antibiotics, it was calculated that the serum ampicillin and gentamicin concentrations would be between 35-5...

  6. [Anthropometric data on newborn infants: comparative study of two ethnic groups].

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    Martínez Cortés, F; Martínez Guerrero, M V; Valdivielso Felices, P; Legros Carrenard, J R; Martín Sánchez, J

    1992-11-01

    We have studied the birth weights, obstetrics data and anthropometrical data from 1.157 full-term newborns who were delivered in the Hospital del Insalud-Cruz Roja in Ceuta (Spain). Of these newborns, 489 were of arabic origin and 668 of hispanic origin. Arabic newborns were heavier (3.248 +/- 473 g versus 3.280 +/- 431 g, p < 0.001) and longer (50.2 +/- 1.8 cm versus 49.6 +/- 1.8 cm, p < 0.001) than their hispanic counterparts. These differences were not due to a disproportion in sex or gestational age between the groups. Furthermore, the differences were still present after adjustments were made for maternal age, parity and the mother's smoking habit. Thus, this difference in size at birth between arabic and hispanic newborns could be, at least in part, ethnically related.

  7. Complete rooming-in care of newborn infants

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    Lee, Yoo Min; Song, Kang Hoon; Kim, Young Mi; Kang, Jin Sun; Chang, Ji Young; Seol, Hyun Joo; Choi, Yong Sung

    2010-01-01

    Purpose In Kyung Hee East-West Neo Medical Center, Seoul, Korea, efforts to raise rooming-in care success rate have been undertaken since when the hospital was established in 2006. We intended to analyze our experience over the past 3 years of period and to discuss the advantages of rooming-in. Methods We analyzed the rooming-in practice rate, failure rate, and the breast feeding rate. Subjects were 860 normal healthy neonates from June 2006 to June 2009. Results Among these 860 cases, 83 babies were required separation out of rooming-in in the middle of the course. Among these 83 cases, 70 cases had to stop the course due to poor condition of babies and 13 cases due to maternal condition. 70 cases of infant's causes consist of 68 cases of NICU admission and 2 cases of poor feeding support. The other 13 cases of separation include refusal by maternal condition. Therefore the success rate of rooming-in for the last 3 years was 90.3%, that is 777 cases among the total 860 cases. The percentage of exclusive breast feeding was 64%, that of mixed feeding with breast and formula feeding was 25%, and formula feeding only was 11%. Conclusion We experienced successful rooming-in care for the last 3 years. Nursery facilities should educate and encourage the advantages of rooming-in, including the good formation of attachment between mother and infant, emotional stability, protection from infection, and increased breast feeding rate so that rooming-in care can be fully established. PMID:21189929

  8. [The study of factors affecting ABR in high risk newborn infants].

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    Castello, E; Tedeschi, A; Brera, S

    1995-08-01

    A.B.R. was employed to examine auditory pathways in a group of 78 newborn infants at risk and one of 20 normal infants. The impaired newborn group suffered of various risk factors or pathologies: 20 premature infants, 12 undersize (small for date), 12 with breathing distress, 11 hiv positive, 5 with neonatal jaundice, 4 suffered of convulsion, 4 at risk for hereditary deafness, 4 born by mothers with mellitus diabetes, 2 with dolichocefalia, 1 with the Albers-Schomberg syndrome, 1 with congenital heart disease and 1 with congenital glycogenosis. The results of A.B.R. of the risk group were compared statistically employing the "t Student's test" with those of the group of normal infants. The influence of risk factors in the first group on alterated A.B.R. parameters was then examined using a step-by-step logistic regression analysis method. The result showed a significant increase in a latency of waves V and III and inter-waves I-V and III-V in risk infants, while wave I and I-III internals were normal. These findings appear to demonstrate that in infants at risk, brainstem acoustic pathways are more sensitive to damage than the cochlea and acoustic nerve. This could be explained by the different degree of maturation that exists between the central acoustic pathways and the coclea and acoustic nerve. Analysis of the influence of pathologies and risk factors on A.B.R. indicate that birth weight followed by chronological age and length of the gestation period are significant in the development of A.B.R. alterations. The Albers-Schomberg syndrome, dolicocephalia, microcephalia, congenital glicogenosys, hiv infection, breathing difficulty and neonatal jaundice proved to be the main pathologies responsible for bringing about A.B.R. alterations.

  9. Weight-Gain Velocity in Newborn Infants Managed with the Kangaroo Method and Associated Variables.

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    Nobre, Raquel Guimarães; de Azevedo, Daniela Vasconcelos; de Almeida, Paulo César; de Almeida, Nádia Maria Girão Saraiva; Feitosa, Francisco Edson de Lucena

    2017-01-01

    Objectives The Kangaroo method helps promote maternal breastfeeding and adequate growth of low birthweight preterm infants. The objective of this study was to analyze the association between weight-gain velocity during use of the Kangaroo method and maternal and infant variables. Methods A nested cross-sectional study in a cohort of newborn infants managed using the Kangaroo method was carried out at a reference center for the method in Brazil. Data on low birthweight and preterm infants managed using the Kangaroo Method (n = 78) and on their respective mothers (n = 70) was collected between January and July 2014. Maternal and infant variables were associated and correlated with weight-gain velocity (g/kg/day) at each phase of the method (p Kangaroo method. Birthweight of under 1500 g was associated with a lower likelihood of inadequate weight-gain velocity of the newborn at phase 1 (OR = 0.1; 95 % CI 0.01-0.78; p = 0.012). In phase 3, maternal age was directly correlated with weight-gain velocity. Conclusions Weight-gain velocity was associated with maternal (age) and infant (gestational age at birth, birthweight, weight for gestational age at birth, length of hospital stay and five-minute Apgar score) variables. Knowledge of the factors influencing weight-gain velocity and its behavior at each phase of the method can help guide conduct toward potentializing factors that promote adequate weight-gain.

  10. Permanent Childhood Hearing Impairment: Aetiological Evaluation of Infants identified through the Irish Newborn Hearing Screening Programme

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    Smith, A

    2017-11-01

    The Newborn Hearing Screening Programme (NHSP) was established in Cork University Maternity Hospital (CUMH) in April 2011. Between April 2011 and July 2014, 42 infants were identified with a Permanent Childhood Hearing Impairment (PCHI). Following this diagnosis, infants underwent a paediatric assessment according to recognised guidelines with the intention of identifying the underlying aetiology of the PCHI. The aim of this study was to assess the findings of this aetiological workup via retrospective chart review. PCHI data was obtained from the eSP database. This is a web based information system (eSP) used to track each baby through the screening and referral process A retrospective chart review of these patients was performed. Sixteen (38%) infants were diagnosed with a bilateral sensorineural hearing loss. Two infants had congenital CMV infection. A Connexin 26 gene mutation was detected in one infant. Two infants were diagnosed with Waardenburg syndrome, One with Pendred syndrome and one with Pfeiffer syndrome. Five babies underwent cochlear implantation. Through adherence to the recommended protocol a possible cause of PCHI may be determined. This study has identified areas of future improvement for this service in Ireland.

  11. Leukocyte Adhesion Deficiency: Report of Two Family Related Newborn Infants

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    Zohreh Kavehmanesh

    2010-08-01

    Full Text Available Leukocyte adhesion deficiency type 1 (LAD 1 is an autosomal recessive hereditary disorder resulting from deficiency of CD18, characterized by recurrent bacterial infections. We report two consanguineous patients with Leukocyte adhesion deficiency type 1( LAD1. These two infant boy patients were referred to us, within a short period of time, with the complaints of recurrent infections at the age of 38 and 75 days -old, respectively. Parents of two patients were first cousins and their grandmothers also were first cousins. The history of delayed umbilical cord separation was shown in both patients. Patient 1 had history of omphalitis, conjunctivitis, skin lesion of groin area and abscess formation of vaccination site, and had infective wound of eye-lid at the last admission. Patient 2 had history of omphalitis and soft tissue infection of right wrist at the last admission. Laboratory findings showed marked leukocytosis and low CD18 levels (6.6% in Patient 1 and 2.4 % in Patient 2. In Patient 1 recurrent infections were treated with antibiotic regimens and received bone marrow transplantation but Patient 2 died because of septicemia, generalized edema, ascites and progression to acute renal failure at 4 months of age. Due to considerable rate of consanguineous marriages in parents of Leukocyte adhesion deficiency patients, sequence analysis especially for prenatal diagnosis in subsequent pregnancies and genetic counseling is recommended.

  12. Leukocyte Adhesion Deficiency: Report of Two Family Related Newborn Infants

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    Zohreh Kavehmanesh

    2010-07-01

    Full Text Available "nLeukocyte adhesion deficiency type 1 (LAD 1 is an autosomal recessive hereditary disorder resulting from deficiency of CD18, characterized by recurrent bacterial infections. We report two consanguineous patients with Leukocyte adhesion deficiency type 1( LAD1. These two infant boy patients were referred to us, within a short period of time, with the complaints of recurrent infections at the age of 38 and 75 days -old, respectively. Parents of two patients were first cousins and their grandmothers also were first cousins. The history of delayed umbilical cord separation was shown in both patients. Patient 1 had history of omphalitis, conjunctivitis, skin lesion of groin area and abscess formation of vaccination site, and had infective wound of eye-lid at the last admission. Patient 2 had history of omphalitis and soft tissue infection of right wrist at the last admission. Laboratory findings showed marked leukocytosis and low CD18 levels (6.6% in Patient 1 and 2.4 % in Patient 2. In Patient 1 recurrent infections were treated with antibiotic regimens and received bone marrow transplantation but Patient 2 died because of septicemia, generalized edema, ascites and progression to acute renal failure at 4 months of age. Due to considerable rate of consanguineous marriages in parents of Leukocyte adhesion deficiency patients, sequence analysis especially for prenatal diagnosis in subsequent pregnancies and genetic counseling is recommended.

  13. The effect of massage on neonatal jaundice in stable preterm newborn infants: a randomized controlled trial.

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    Basiri-Moghadam, Mahdi; Basiri-Moghadam, Kokab; Kianmehr, Mojtaba; Jani, Somaye

    2015-06-01

    To evaluate the effects of massage therapy on transcutaneous bilirubin of stable preterm infants. The controlled clinical trial was conducted in 2014 at Shahid Hasheminejhad Hospital, Iran, and comprised preterm neonatal children in the neonatal intensive care unit. The newborns were divided into two groups of massage and control via random allocation. The children in the control group received the routine therapy whereas those in the massage group underwent the same four days of routine plus 20 minutes of massage twice a day. The transcutaneous bilirubin and the number of excretions of the newborns were noted from the first to the fourth day of the intervention and results were compared between the two groups. There were 40 newborns in the study l 20(50%) each in the two groups. There was a significant difference in the number of times of defecation (p=0.002) and in the level of bilirubin (p=0.003) between the groups with those in the massage group having a higher number of defecations as well as a lower level of transcutaneous bilirubin. Through massage therapy the bilirubin level in preterm newborns can be controlled and a need for phototherapy can also be delayed.

  14. Complete rooming-in care of newborn infants

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    Yoo Min Lee

    2010-05-01

    Full Text Available Purpose : In Kyung Hee East-West Neo Medical Center, Seoul,Korea, efforts to raise rooming-in care success rate have been undertaken since when the hospital was established in 2006. We intended to analyze our experience over the past 3 years of period and to discuss the advantages of rooming-in. Methods : We analyzed the rooming-in practice rate, failure rate, and the breast feeding rate. Subjects were 860 normal healthy neonates from June 2006 to June 2009. Results: Among these 860 cases, 83 babies were required separation out of rooming-in in the middle of the course. Among these 83 cases, 70 cases had to stop the course due to poor condition of babies and 13 cases due to maternal condition. 70 cases of infant’s causes consist of 68 cases of NICU admission and 2 cases of poor feeding support. The other 13 cases of separation include refusal by maternal condition. Therefore the success rate of rooming-in for the last 3 years was 90.3%, that is 777 cases among the total 860 cases. The percentage of exclusive breast feeding was 64%, that of mixed feeding with breast and formula feeding was 25%, and formula feeding only was 11%. Conclusion : We experienced successful rooming-in care for the last 3 years. Nursery facilities should educate and encourage the advantages of rooming-in, including the good formation of attachment between mother and infant, emotional stability, protection from infection, and increased breast feeding rate so that rooming-in care can be fully established.

  15. Diagnostic accuracy of S100B urinary testing at birth in full-term asphyxiated newborns to predict neonatal death.

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    Diego Gazzolo

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Neonatal death in full-term infants who suffer from perinatal asphyxia (PA is a major subject of investigation, since few tools exist to predict patients at risk of ominous outcome. We studied the possibility that urine S100B measurement may identify which PA-affected infants are at risk of early postnatal death. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: In a cross-sectional study between January 1, 2001 and December 1, 2006 we measured S100B protein in urine collected from term infants (n = 132, 60 of whom suffered PA. According to their outcome at 7 days, infants with PA were subsequently classified either as asphyxiated infants complicated by hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy with no ominous outcome (HIE Group; n = 48, or as newborns who died within the first post-natal week (Ominous Outcome Group; n = 12. Routine laboratory variables, cerebral ultrasound, neurological patterns and urine concentrations of S100B protein were determined at first urination and after 24, 48 and 96 hours. The severity of illness in the first 24 hours after birth was measured using the Score for Neonatal Acute Physiology-Perinatal Extension (SNAP-PE. Urine S100B levels were higher from the first urination in the ominous outcome group than in healthy or HIE Groups (p1.0 microg/L S100B had a sensitivity/specificity of 100% for predicting neonatal death. CONCLUSIONS/SIGNIFICANCE: Increased S100B protein urine levels in term newborns suffering PA seem to suggest a higher risk of neonatal death for these infants.

  16. The status of newborn infants born to women with hypertensive disorders

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    N. A. Shakhbazova

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The status of 239 newborn infants born to mothers with hypertensive syndrome (a study group and that of 51 neonates from healthy mothers (a control group were analyzed. Neonatal mortality and morbidity rates were studied in relation to gestational age and the type and severity of hypertensive disorders. Hypertensive disorders in pregnancy were found to lead to still birth in 2,1% of cases, late miscarriage in 12,1%, prematurity in 47,7%, and intrauterine growth retardation in 27,6%. The incidence of diseases in the infants born to hypertensive mothers was 6,6 times higher than that in those from healthy mothers. The most common nosological entities among the newborn infants were intracranial hemorrhage (29,3%, respiratory distress syndrome (20,1%, hypoxic-ischemic brain damage (22,6%, polycythemia (8,4%, and hyperbihrubinemia (8,8%. Reproductive losses in hypertensive disorders accounted for 17,2% and occurred in 70,7% of cases in the early postnatal period. Severe pathology and prematurity are responsible for high neonatal morbidity and mortality rates.

  17. Obstetric antecedents to body-cooling treatment of the newborn infant.

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    Nelson, David B; Lucke, Ashley M; McIntire, Donald D; Sánchez, Pablo J; Leveno, Kenneth J; Chalak, Lina F

    2014-08-01

    Obstetric antecedents were analyzed in births in which the infant received whole-body cooling for neonatal encephalopathy. This retrospective cohort study included all live-born singleton infants delivered at or beyond 36 weeks' gestation from October 2005 through December 2011. Infants who had received whole-body cooling identified by review of a prospective neonatal registry were compared with a control group comprising the remaining obstetric population delivered at greater than 36 weeks but not cooled. Univariable analysis was followed up by a staged, stepwise selection of variables with the intent to rank significant risk factors for cooling. A total of 86,371 women delivered during the study period and 98 infants received whole-body cooling (1.1 per 1000 live births). Of these 98 infants, 80 newborns (88%) had moderate encephalopathy and 10 (12%) had severe encephalopathy prior to cooling. Maternal age of 15 years or younger, low parity, maternal body habitus (body mass index of ≥40 kg/m(2)), diabetes, preeclampsia, induction, epidural analgesia, chorioamnionitis, length of labor, and mode of delivery were associated with significantly increased risk of infant cooling during a univariable analysis. Catastrophic events to include umbilical cord prolapse (odds ratio [OR], 14; 95% confidence interval [CI], 3-72), placental abruption (OR, 17; 95% CI, 7-44), uterine rupture (OR, 130; 95% CI, 11-1477) were the strongest factors associated with infant cooling after staged-stepwise logistic analysis. A variety of intrapartum characteristics were associated with infant cooling for neonatal encephalopathy, with the most powerful antecedents being umbilical cord prolapse, placental abruption, and uterine rupture. Copyright © 2014 Mosby, Inc. All rights reserved.

  18. Transcutaneous Bilirubin Levels during the First Month of Life in Term and Late-preterm Newborns.

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    Sarici, Serdar Umit; Gunes, Omer; Koklu, Esad; Serdar, Muhittin A

    2017-02-01

    We aimed to develop a transcutaneous bilirubin (TcB) nomogram for assessment of the risk of significant hyperbilirubinemia and prolonged jaundice during the first month of life in term and late-preterm Turkish newborns. On the basis of the daily (3rd, 7th, 15th and 30th days) TcB measurements, 3rd, 10th, 25th, 50th, 75th, 90th and 97th percentiles, and 5 percentile tracks were obtained. TcB measurements were made by a transcutaneous bilirubinometer (JaundiceDetector JH20-1C). We screened 729 healthy term and late-preterm Turkish infants 3-30 days old and developed a nomogram of TcB levels. TcB level was ≥5 mg/dl in 41.98% and 25.9% of infants at age 15.0  ±  2.1 days and 30.9  ±  2.6 days, respectively. The TcB measurement-based nomogram values of the 97th percentiles (cutoff values) at age 15.0  ±  2.1 and 30.9  ±  2.6 days were 11.4 (10.82-12.13) mg/dl and 10.0 (9.40-10.70) mg/dl, respectively. This nomogram can be used to determine the risk status of Turkish newborns regarding significant hyperbilirubinemia and prolonged jaundice on the basis of TcB measurement in the first month of life. © The Author [2016]. Published by Oxford University Press. All rights reserved. For Permissions, please email: journals.permissions@oup.com.

  19. Effect of massage stimulation on weight gain in full term infants

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    Nyoman Nursari Dewi

    2011-08-01

    Full Text Available Background Massage is a tactile/kinesthetic stimulation with biochemical and physiological effects on the body. Newborn infant massage stimulation given by mothers may promote maternal-infant bonding and attachment, enhance infant weight gain and stimulate the production of breast milk. There have been few studies on the effect of massage stimulation on weight gain in full term infants, and this topic remains controversial. Objective To examine the effect of massage stimulation on weight gain in full term infants. Methods This quasi-experimental study was held in Sanglah Hospital and Bunda Setia Maternity Clinic. Massage stimulation was performed by mothers once daily for a four week period. Massage stimulation was given to 30 full term infants and their weight gain was compared to 31 control infants who did not receive massages. Results There were no differences in subject characteristics between the massage and control groups. Median weight gain in the massage group was 1230 grams, while that in the control group was 830 grams (P=0.028. Conclusion Weight gain in full term infants in the massage group was significantly greater than that in the control group after 4 weeks.

  20. Electrophysiological assessment of the brain function in term SGA infants.

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    Ozdemir, Ozmert M A; Ergin, Hacer; Sahiner, Türker

    2009-05-13

    Small for gestational age (SGA) infants are defined as babies having a birth weight below the 10th percentile for gestational age. A great number of studies have shown that children with SGA have an increased risk of impaired neurodevelopment. Electroencephalography (EEG) is an excellent method for measuring brain maturation in newborns. In this study, the effect of SGA on the maturation of cerebrocortical electrographic activity was investigated by the EEG and also analyzed with power spectral analysis. Serial EEGs were performed in 40 term SGAs, and 20 term appropriate for gestational age (AGA) infants in 1st week, 1st and 3rd month. Power spectral analysis was performed quantitatively in five channels (Fp1-C3, C3-O1, Fp2-C4, C4-O2, and Cz-C4 channels). Amplitude levels of the SGA group were significantly lower than the AGA group in all records. Delta frequency was the major frequency component in the groups. Delta frequency activities in the midline vertex region were decreased in the AGA group with increasing postconceptual age while the activities of the SGA group were increased. Contrarily, beta frequency activities in the midline vertex region were increased in the AGA group with increasing postconceptual age while these activities of the SGA group were decreased. Theta frequency activities in the fronto-central regions were lower in the SGA group. In terms of the vertex, k-complex, and sleep spindle, there was no difference between the two groups. We conclude that cerebrocortical electrophysiological maturation has been delayed in term SGA infants during the first three months of postnatal life.

  1. Rotavirus-specific helper T cell responses in newborns, infants, children, and adults.

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    Offit, P A; Hoffenberg, E J; Pia, E S; Panackal, P A; Hill, N L

    1992-06-01

    An obstacle to developing a successful rotavirus vaccine has been the inability to consistently correlate the humoral immune response with protection against disease. Transplacental transfer of maternal rotavirus-specific antibodies may obscure the capacity to discriminate an active from a passively acquired humoral immune response in infants. In an attempt to circumvent this problem, an assay was developed to detect rotavirus-specific helper T cells among circulating mononuclear cells. Rotavirus-specific lymphoproliferative responses and rotavirus-specific neutralizing antibody titers in blood were determined in 11 mother/newborn pairs at the time of delivery and in 54 infants, children, and adults ranging in age from 16 days to 40 years. Only 1 of 11 infants tested between 16 days and 6 months of age had detectable rotavirus-specific helper T cell activity whereas 8 of 11 had circulating rotavirus-specific neutralizing antibodies. Acquisition of rotavirus-specific helper T cell activity over the first few years of life correlated with the age at which infants and young children are known to be infected with rotavirus. These findings support the hypothesis that detection of rotavirus-specific lymphoproliferative activity in infants may more accurately determine previous exposure to rotavirus than detection of rotavirus-specific antibodies.

  2. Cup feeding versus other forms of supplemental enteral feeding for newborn infants unable to fully breastfeed.

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    Flint, A; New, K; Davies, M W

    2007-04-18

    Breast milk provides optimal nutrition for newborn infants, and the ideal way for infants to receive breast milk is through suckling at the breast. Unfortunately, this may not always be possible, as there are numerous reasons why a newborn infant may not be able to breastfeed and, as a result, require supplemental feeding. Currently, there are a variety of ways in which newborn infants can receive supplemental feeds. Traditionally, bottles and nasogastric tubes have been used; however, more recently, cup feeding has become a popular practice in many nurseries in an attempt to improve breastfeeding rates. There is no consistency to guide the choice of supplementation. To determine the effects of cup feeding versus other forms of supplemental enteral feeding on weight gain and achievement of successful breastfeeding in newborn infants who are unable to fully breastfeed. We searched the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL, The Cochrane Library, Issue 2, 2006), CINAHL (1982 - April 2006) and MEDLINE (1966 - April 2006). Randomised or quasi-randomised controlled trials comparing cup feeding to other forms of enteral feeding for the supplementation of newborn infants. Quality assessments and data extraction for included trials were conducted independently by the review authors. Outcomes reported from these studies were: weight gain, proportion not breastfeeding at hospital discharge, proportion not feeding at three months of age, proportion not feeding at six months of age, proportion not fully feeding at hospital discharge, proportion not fully breastfeeding at three months of age, proportion not fully breastfeeding at six months of age, average time per feed (minutes), length of stay and physiological events of instability such as bradycardia, apnea, and low oxygen saturation. For continuous variables such as weight gain, mean differences and 95% confidence intervals were reported. For categorical outcomes such as mortality, the relative risks (RR

  3. Amplitude-integrated EEG and the newborn infant.

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    Shah, Divyen K; Mathur, Amit

    2014-01-01

    There is emerging recognition of the need for continuous long term electrographic monitoring of the encephalopathic neonate. While full-montage EEG with video remains the gold standard for monitoring, it is limited in application due to the complexity of lead application and specialized interpretation of results. Amplitude integrated EEG (aEEG) is derived from limited channels (usually C3-P3, C4-P4) and is filtered, rectified and time-compressed to serve as a bedside electrographic trend monitor. Its simple application and interpretation has resulted in increasing use in neonatal units across the world. Validation studies with full montage EEG have shown reliable results in interpretation of EEG background and electrographic seizures, especially when used with the simultaneously displayed raw EEG trace. Several aEEG monitors are commercially available and seizure algorithms are being developed for use on these monitors. These aEEG monitors, complement conventional EEG and offer a significant advance in the feasibility of long term electrographic monitoring of the encephalopathic neonate.

  4. Intubation of newborns and infants: a solution to the problem of water condensation.

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    Pedersen, B

    1977-01-01

    Treatment with humidified air in intubated newborns and infants its often complicated by the embarrassing problem of water condensation. This problem is solved by the humidification system described below, in which the tube delivering humidified air is surrounded by an Armaflex-insulated spiral-wire tube. Through the space between the two tubes, an adjustable air warmer delivers dry air at a temperature and flow rate such that the temperature of the humidified air in the delivery tube is maintained above its dew-point temperature.

  5. Dual role of cerebral blood flow in regional brain temperature control in the healthy newborn infant.

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    Iwata, Sachiko; Tachtsidis, Ilias; Takashima, Sachio; Matsuishi, Toyojiro; Robertson, Nicola J; Iwata, Osuke

    2014-10-01

    Small shifts in brain temperature after hypoxia-ischaemia affect cell viability. The main determinants of brain temperature are cerebral metabolism, which contributes to local heat production, and brain perfusion, which removes heat. However, few studies have addressed the effect of cerebral metabolism and perfusion on regional brain temperature in human neonates because of the lack of non-invasive cot-side monitors. This study aimed (i) to determine non-invasive monitoring tools of cerebral metabolism and perfusion by combining near-infrared spectroscopy and echocardiography, and (ii) to investigate the dependence of brain temperature on cerebral metabolism and perfusion in unsedated newborn infants. Thirty-two healthy newborn infants were recruited. They were studied with cerebral near-infrared spectroscopy, echocardiography, and a zero-heat flux tissue thermometer. A surrogate of cerebral blood flow (CBF) was measured using superior vena cava flow adjusted for cerebral volume (rSVC flow). The tissue oxygenation index, fractional oxygen extraction (FOE), and the cerebral metabolic rate of oxygen relative to rSVC flow (CMRO₂ index) were also estimated. A greater rSVC flow was positively associated with higher brain temperatures, particularly for superficial structures. The CMRO₂ index and rSVC flow were positively coupled. However, brain temperature was independent of FOE and the CMRO₂ index. A cooler ambient temperature was associated with a greater temperature gradient between the scalp surface and the body core. Cerebral oxygen metabolism and perfusion were monitored in newborn infants without using tracers. In these healthy newborn infants, cerebral perfusion and ambient temperature were significant independent variables of brain temperature. CBF has primarily been associated with heat removal from the brain. However, our results suggest that CBF is likely to deliver heat specifically to the superficial brain. Further studies are required to assess the

  6. A Prime Time for Trained Immunity: Innate Immune Memory in Newborns & Infants

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    Levy, Ofer; Wynn, James L.

    2014-01-01

    The newborn and infant periods of early life are associated with heightened vulnerability to infection. Limited antigen exposure and distinct adaptive immune function compared to the adult places a greater burden on innate immunity for host defense to microbial challenge during this time. Trained immunity describes the phenomenon of augmented innate immune function following a stimulus that is not specific to the original stimulus. We review the concept of trained immunity in the context of the newborn’s unique innate immune system function, the preclinical and clinical evidence that support the tenet of innate immune memory in early life, and potential consequences of altered innate immune host responses. PMID:24356292

  7. A newborn infant chimpanzee snatched and cannibalized immediately after birth: Implications for "maternity leave" in wild chimpanzee.

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    Nishie, Hitonaru; Nakamura, Michio

    2018-01-01

    This study reports on the first observed case of a wild chimpanzee infant being snatched immediately after delivery and consequently cannibalized by an adult male in the Mahale Mountains, Tanzania. We demonstrate "maternity leave" from long-term data from the Mahale M group and suggest that it functions as a possible counterstrategy of mother chimpanzees against the risk of infanticide soon after delivery. The subjects of this study were the M group chimpanzees at Mahale Mountains, Tanzania. The case of cannibalism was observed on December 2, 2014. We used the long-term daily attendance record of the M group chimpanzees between 1990 and 2010 to calculate the lengths of "maternity leave," a perinatal period during which a mother chimpanzee tends to hide herself and gives birth alone. We observed a very rare case of delivery in a wild chimpanzee group. A female chimpanzee gave birth in front of other members, and an adult male snatched and cannibalized the newborn infant immediately after birth. Using the long-term data, we demonstrate that the length of "maternity leave" is longer than that of nonmaternity leave among adult and adolescent female chimpanzees. We argue that this cannibalism event immediately after birth occurred due to the complete lack of "maternity leave" of the mother chimpanzee of the victim, who might lack enough experience of delivery. We suggest that "maternity leave" taken by expecting mothers may function as a possible counterstrategy against infanticide soon after delivery. © 2017 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  8. [2-dimensional echoencephalography or cranial CT in premature or newborn infants with suspected intracranial hemorrhages].

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    Gebauer, A; Valena-Eberhard, D; Zrenner, M; Becker-Gaab, C; Kessler, M; Hahn, D

    1983-06-01

    65 newborns or low-birthweight infants with suspicion of intracranial hemorrhage were examined with B-mode small part scanners. In 12 cases the diagnosis made by ultrasound could be compared with CT. There was a similar accuracy of both methods in case of intraventricular (IVH) and subependymal (SEH) hemorrhage. SEH seems to be easier detected by US. On the other hand there are problems in diagnosing subdural (SDH) and intracerebral (IHC) hemorrhages by US. These problems are caused by the adjacent skull, but does not exist for CT. B-mode-Echoencephalography is the method of choice for examination of high risk infants and for the follow up, because US is a cribside method and of high diagnostic accuracy. CT-studies should be done in case of hemorrhage adjacent to the skull and if the US-diagnosis seems not to be reliable.

  9. Epidemiological association between isolated skin marks in newborn infants and single umbilical artery (SUA). Does it have biological plausibility?

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    Martínez-Frías, María Luisa

    2008-01-01

    In a previous study on single umbilical artery (SUA) and its association with congenital defects, we observed a serendipitous association between isolated skin anomalies and the presence of SUA. Although this could be a spurious association, we considered that it deserved to be studied in detail. The aim of this study was to investigate, in an epidemiological setting, whether this association has any biological meaning or if it occurs just by chance. Using data from the Spanish Collaborative Study of Congenital Malformations (ECEMC), we analyzed "angiomas" (including all type of capillary skin marks, since it is not possible to distinguish it during the first 3 days of life), and nevi because they are the only defects detected in newborn infants as isolated skin defects. In the ECEMC methodology, infants with nevi or angiomas as the only congenital defect are considered as cases when they present with only one of these skin marks measuring at least 1 cm in diameter and within the first 3 days of life, or when they have three or more such marks of any size. A total sample of 1,832 consecutive newborn infants with isolated congenital skin marks was identified: 871 with nevi, 958 with angiomas, and 3 with both. Newborn infants with SUA and isolated angiomas displayed higher birth measurements, and older maternal and paternal ages than newborn infants with angiomas and three umbilical vessels. Similar results were observed when infants with angiomas and SUA were compared with control infants either with or without SUA. These associations were not observed in newborn infants with nevi with or without SUA or for control infants with or without SUA. The distribution of the angiomas by body areas, and sex preferences were also analyzed. After evaluating the limitations and advantages of the present study, the results suggest that newborn infants with angiomas (irrespective of their type), SUA, and higher centile measurements may have one of the syndromes that exhibit this

  10. New-born infants with severe hyaline membrane disease: radiological evaluation during high frequency oscillatory versus conventional ventilation

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    Helbich, T.H.; Wunderbaldinger, P.; Herold, C.J. [Department of Radiology, University of Vienna (AKH), Waehringer Guertel 18-20 A-1090 Vienna (Austria); Popow, C.; Dobner, M.; Zekert, M. [Department of Paediatrics, Division of Neonatology University of Vienna (AKH), Waehringer Guertel 18-20 A-1090 Vienna (Austria)

    1998-10-01

    Objective: The aim of our study was to determine the impact of treatment with exogenous surfactant (ES) and high frequency oscillatory ventilation (HFOV) on the radiological appearance and clinical course of hyaline membrane disease (HMD) in new-born infants. Materials and methods: New-born infants (18) (median weight, 1010 g) with severe HMD (stages 3.5 and 4) who were treated with ES and HFOV were matched by birth weight and severity of disease with 18 new-born infants treated with ES and conventional mechanical ventilation (CV). Chest radiograms taken on days 1, 2/3, 4/5, 7, 14 and 28 were analyzed to check for the severity of generalized parenchymal opacities (GPO), local opacifications, pulmonary interstitial emphysema (PIE), gross air leak, general and localized overinflation, bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD) and clinical variables such as survival rates, duration of mechanical ventilation, mean airway pressure and inspired oxygen concentration. Results: At 4 weeks of age, new-born infants treated by HFOV had less severe GPO (median degree 1.5 vs. 3), less PIE (1 vs. 7 patients) and fewer signs of BPD (median BPD degree 1.5 vs. 2.6). The incidence of pneumothorax and of local opacifications were similar in both groups. New-born infants on HFOV had a lower mortality rate (5 vs. 13), needed fewer days of mechanical ventilation (median 15 vs. 23 days) and lower inspiratory oxygen concentrations (median FiO{sub 2} 0.38 vs. 0.64). Conclusion: In new-born infants with HMD, treatment with ES and HFOV resulted in a favourable radiological and clinical outcome as compared to treatment with ES and CV. (Copyright (c) 1998 Elsevier Science B.V., Amsterdam. All rights reserved.)

  11. Withdrawal of life-sustaining treatment for newborn infants from a Christian perspective.

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    Scott-Joynt, Michael

    2012-02-01

    The more vulnerable a person, of whatever age, therefore, the more there must be a presumption in favour of life; and care must be offered with particular respect and dignity, and in the best interests of the infant her/himself, not in those of others. The principles, that guide Christians in making ethical healthcare decisions, were derived from two core Christian beliefs: that all human beings, of whatever age, are "made in the image of God"--so human beings have a distinctive dignity and value, and may not be treated as possessions or commodities; and that we are therefore made to live relationally--so communal, as well as individual, perspectives ought to be considered in ethical decision-making. The article then notes and explores three areas in which it may not be in the infant's best interests for life-sustaining treatment to continue or to be initiated, noting the complexity of "quality of life" questions, and the danger of considering others' quality of life over that of the infant. So, to safeguard the vulnerable, the threshold for acceptable "quality of life" needs to be set at a "low" level; and a distinction should be drawn, in considering withdrawing life-sustaining treatment, between medical intervention and "assisted-care" - so that there are very limited circumstances in which life-sustaining treatments ought to be withheld or withdrawn from newborn infants. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  12. Monitoring the treatment of sepsis with vancomycin in term newborn infants Monitorização da terapêutica com vancomicina em recém-nascidos de termo com sepse, utilização e importância clínica

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    José Kleber Kobol Machado

    2001-01-01

    Full Text Available A prospective study was conducted to determine if standardized vancomycin doses could produce adequate serum concentrations in 25 term newborn infants with sepsis. Purpose: The therapeutic response of neonatal sepsis by Staphylococcus sp. treated with vancomycin was evaluated through serum concentrations of vancomycin, serum bactericidal titers (SBT, and minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC. METHOD: Vancomycin serum concentrations were determined by the fluorescence polarization immunoassay technique , SBT by the macro-broth dilution method, and MIC by diffusion test in agar . RESULTS: Thirteen newborn infants (59.1% had adequate peak vancomycin serum concentrations (20--40 mg/mL and one had peak concentration with potential ototoxicity risk (>40 µg/mL. Only 48% had adequate trough concentrations (5--10 mg/mL, and seven (28% had a potential nephrotoxicity risk (>10 µg/mL. There was no significant agreement regarding normality for peak and trough vancomycin method (McNemar test : p = 0.7905. Peak serum vancomycin concentrations were compared with the clinical evaluation (good or bad clinical evolution of the infants, with no significant difference found (U=51.5; p=0.1947. There was also no significant difference between the patients' trough concentrations and good or bad clinical evolution (U = 77.0; p=0.1710. All Staphylococcus isolates were sensitive to vancomycin according to the MIC. Half of the patients with adequate trough SBT (1/8, also had adequate trough vancomycin concentrations and satisfactory clinical evolution. CONCLUSIONS: Recommended vancomycin schedules for term newborn infants with neonatal sepsis should be based on the weight and postconceptual age only to start antimicrobial therapy. There is no ideal pattern of vancomycin dosing; vancomycin dosages must be individualized. SBT interpretation should be made in conjunction with the patient's clinical presentation and vancomycin serum concentrations. Those laboratory and

  13. [The post-hospital care of the newborn and infant with disturbances of the adaptation period].

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    Swietliński, Janusz; Maruniak-Chudek, Iwona; Sitko-Rudnicka, Magdalena

    2004-01-01

    Medical care of the newborn or infant discharged from the neonatal intensive care unit is difficult and requires close co-operation between the primary care pediatrician and the team of specialists. The authors are trying to collect the rules of pediatric guidance of the high-risk patients to help in practical approach to such children and highlight the issues requiring special attention. The newborn should be discharged with precisely described plan of following treatment and controls. Despite careful discussion with parents on child's clinical status, many questions and daubts appear as sooll as the infant arrives home. All these problems have to be explained by the primary care pediatrician. Defining the subgroup of special care patients on the basis of perinatal and adaptive period risk factors can protect them from being "overseen" (the steadily progressing deterioration or problems occurring in the course of development). On the other hand, some non-typical symptoms are normal for these special patients and should be taken into consideration in the following evaluation of the development and recognition of changes in clinical condition. The attention is drawn to the meaning of corrected age and its use in growth monitoring and psychomotor development, and also the carefulness in recognizing mental psychomotor disability. Other problems, like early neurodevelopmental stimulation program, feeding difficulties, immunization questions and the care of children with chronic diseases are also discussed.

  14. Nasal continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) for the respiratory care of the newborn infant.

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    Diblasi, Robert M

    2009-09-01

    Nasal continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) is a noninvasive form of respiratory assistance that has been used to support spontaneously breathing infants with lung disease for nearly 40 years. Following reports that mechanical ventilation contributes to pulmonary growth arrest and the development of chronic lung disease, there is a renewed interest in using CPAP as the prevailing method for supporting newborn infants. Animal and human research has shown that CPAP is less injurious to the lungs than is mechanical ventilation. The major concepts that embrace lung protection during CPAP are the application of spontaneous breathing at a constant distending pressure and avoidance of intubation and positive-pressure inflations. A major topic for current research focuses on whether premature infants should be supported initially with CPAP following delivery, or after the infant has been extubated following prophylactic surfactant administration. Clinical trials have shown that CPAP reduces the need for intubation/mechanical ventilation and surfactant administration, but it is still unclear whether CPAP reduces chronic lung disease and mortality, compared to modern lung-protective ventilation techniques. Despite the successes, little is known about how best to manage patients using CPAP. It is also unclear whether different strategies or devices used to maintain CPAP play a role in improving outcomes in infants. Nasal CPAP technology has evolved over the last 10 years, and bench and clinical research has evaluated differences in physiologic effects related to these new devices. Ultimately, clinicians' abilities to perceive changes in the pathophysiologic conditions of infants receiving CPAP and the quality of airway care provided are likely to be the most influential factors in determining patient outcomes.

  15. Neonatal Pneumopericardium in a Nonventilated Term Infant: A Case Report and Review of the Literature

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    Smita Roychoudhury

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Neonatal pneumopericardium (PPC is a rare form of neonatal air leak syndrome with high morbidity and mortality. Air leak syndrome in the newborn is usually associated with active resuscitation, respiratory distress syndrome, meconium aspiration syndrome, mechanical ventilation, or trauma associated with labour. Neonatal PPC can be associated with other air leak syndromes such as pneumomediastinum, pneumothorax, pneumoperitoneum, and subcutaneous and interstitial emphysema. Spontaneous PPC is a rare event in the neonatal period. We report a case of PPC in association with pneumothorax in a nonventilated term infant. The infant responded to thoracocentesis without the need for pericardiocentesis.

  16. Osteopathic evaluation of somatic dysfunction and craniosacral strain pattern among preterm and term newborns.

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    Pizzolorusso, Gianfranco; Cerritelli, Francesco; D'Orazio, Marianna; Cozzolino, Vincenzo; Turi, Patrizia; Renzetti, Cinzia; Barlafante, Gina; D'Incecco, Carmine

    2013-06-01

    Palpatory skills are a central part of osteopathic manipulative treatment and palpatory diagnosis. The aim of osteopathic structural examination is to locate somatic dysfunction and cranial strain pattern, which are the hallmarks that form the basis for treatment decisions and strategy. In the osteopathic literature, there is a lack of studies evaluating preterm or term newborns during hospitalization. To determine the prevalence of somatic dysfunction and cranial strain pattern in a population of preterm and term newborns who were treated in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). During a period of 6 months--November 2009 through April 2010--the authors performed a retrospective review of data on consecutive preterm and term newborns who were admitted to the NICU of the Spirito Santo Public Hospital. Osteo pathic evaluation was performed once on each newborn, and somatic dysfunction and cranial strain pattern were identified. Descriptive analysis and test of association based on the χ(2) test were performed. One hundred fifty-five preterm and term newborns met the study's eligibility criteria. The highest rate of somatic dysfunction was found in the pelvic area of 63 newborns (40.7%). The sacroiliac joints were compressed unilaterally or bilaterally in 82 newborns (52.9%); the lumbosacral junction was restricted in 61 newborns (39.4%), and intraosseous lesions of the sacral bone were diagnosed in 57 newborns (36.8%). The spine accounted for somatic dysfunction in 38 newborns (24.5%), with the middle thoracic and lower thoracic areas restricted in 29 (18.7%) and 21 (16.8%) newborns, respectively. Sphenobasilar synchondrosis compression and lateral-vertical strain were diagnosed in 57 newborns (36.8%), with the sagittal and the coronal sutures found restricted in 35 (22.6%) and 30 (19.4%) newborns, respectively. The occipital bone presented the highest rate of intraosseous lesions, with the left condyle compressed in 48 newborns (31%), the right condyle in 46

  17. Napoved razvoja hiperbilirubinemije pri donošenih novorojenčkih z neinvazivnimi metodami: Prediction of hyperbilirubinemia by noninvasive methods in full-term newborns:

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    2013-01-01

    Introduction: The noninvasive screening methods for bilirubin determination were studied prospectively in a group of full-term healthy newborns with the aim of early prediction of pathological neonatal hyperbilirubinemia. Laboratory determination of bilirubin (Jendrassik- Grof (JG)) was compared to the noninvasive transcutaneous bilirubin (TcBIL) together with the determination of bilirubin in cord blood. Methods: The study group consisted of 284 full-term healthy consecutively born infants i...

  18. The Role of Lung Ultrasound in Diagnosis of Respiratory Distress Syndrome in Newborn Infants.

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    Liu, Jing; Cao, Hai Ying; Wang, Hua-Wei; Kong, Xiang Yong

    2015-02-01

    Respiratory distress syndrome (RDS) is one of the most common causes of neonatal respiratory failure and mortality. The risk of developing RDS decreases with both increasing gestational age and birth weight. The aim of this study was to evaluate the value of lung ultrasound in the diagnosis of respiratory distress syndrome (RDS) in newborn infants. From March 2012 to May 2013, 100 newborn infants were divided into two groups: RDS group (50 cases) and control group (50 cases). According to the findings of chest x-ray, there were 10 cases of grade II RDS, 15 grade III cases, and 25 grade IV cases in RDS group. Lung ultrasound was performed at bedside by a single expert. The ultrasound indexes observed in this study included pleural line, A-line, B-line, lung consolidation, air bronchograms, bilateral white lung, interstitial syndrome, lung sliding, lung pulse etc. In all of the infants with RDS, lung ultrasound consistently showed generalized consolidation with air bronchograms, bilateral white lung or alveolar-interstitial syndrome, pleural line abnormalities, A-line disappearance, pleural effusion, lung pulse, etc. The simultaneous demonstration of lung consolidation, pleural line abnormalities and bilateral white lung, or lung consolidation, pleural line abnormalities and A-line disappearance co-exists with a sensitivity and specificity of 100%. Besides, the sensitivity was 80% and specificity 100% of lung pulse for the diagnosis of neonatal RDS. This study indicates that using an ultrasound to diagnose neonatal RDS is accurate and reliable too. A lung ultrasound has many advantages over other techniques. Ultrasound is non-ionizing, low-cost, easy to operate, and can be performed at bedside, making this technique ideal for use in NICU.

  19. [The functional characteristics of hemostasis of full-term and premature newborn according results of thromboflexography].

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    Kuzmenko, G N; Nazarov, S B; Popova, I G; Klytcheva, M M; Kharlamova, N M

    2013-05-01

    The study was carried out using the sample of 40 full-term and 138 premature newborns at 1 - 15th day of live and 20 adult donors. The thromboflexograph TEG 5000 was applied. The study used citrate stabilized venous blood. In full-term newborns the activation of thrombin and fibrin formation (decreasing of constant of coagulation, increasing of velocity of fibrin formation) was detected as compared with adults. In premature newborns shortage of time period of development of reactions of enzyme cascade, shortage of time period of achievement of ultimate amplitude of forming clot and increasing of fibrinolysis were detected as compared with adult donors. The differences in hemostatic system of full-term and premature newborns are characterized by lower functional activity of thrombocytes, decreased strength of forming clots and lower blood coagulation index of premature newborns.

  20. Comparison of surfactant protein B polymorphisms of healthy term newborns with preterm newborns having respiratory distress syndrome

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    P.P.R. Lyra

    2007-06-01

    Full Text Available Polymorphisms and mutations in the surfactant protein B (SP-B gene have been associated with the pathogenesis of respiratory distress syndrome (RDS. The objective of the present study was to compare the frequencies of SP-B gene polymorphisms between preterm babies with RDS and healthy term newborns. We studied 50 preterm babies with RDS (inclusion criteria - newborns with RDS and gestational age between 28 and 33 weeks and 6 days, and 100 healthy term newborns. Four SP-B gene polymorphisms were analyzed: A/C at nucleotide -18, C/T at nucleotide 1580, A/G at nucleotide 9306, and G/C at nucleotide 8714, by PCR amplification of genomic DNA and genotyping by cRFLP. The healthy newborns comprised 42 female and 58 male neonates; 39 were white and 61 non-white. The RDS group comprised 21 female and 29 male preterm neonates; 28 were white and 22 non-white. Weight ranged from 640 to 2080 g (mean: 1273 g; mean gestational age was 31 weeks and 2 days (range: 28-33 weeks and 6 days. When white children were analyzed separately, a statistically significant difference in the G/C polymorphism at 8714 was observed between groups (P = 0.028. All other genotype frequencies were similar for both groups when sex and race were analyzed together. Analysis of the SP-B polymorphism G/C at nucleotide 8714 showed that among white neonates the GG genotype was found only in the RDS group at a frequency of 17% and the GC genotype was more frequently found in healthy term newborns. These data demonstrate an association of GG genotype with RDS.

  1. Bacterial meningitis in newborn and infant: correlation between organism, CT findings and clinical outcome

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    Choi, Hye Young; Park, Young Seo; Yoo, Shi Joon; Suh, Dae Chul; Chung, Young Kyo [College of Medicine, University of Ulsan, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    1993-03-15

    Acute bacterial meningitis often results in significant neurologic complications regardless of the antibiotics treatment Computed tomographic (CT) finding of tuberculous meningitis is fairly well known but not the findings of bacterial meningitis. This study was performed to determine the incidence of causative organisms and to correlate between the organisms and computed tomographic (CT) findings with clinical outcome of bacterial meningitis in newborns and infants. We analyzed the brain CT and clinical records of 15 infants who had been diagnosed as bacterial meningitis by CSF culture. We found that the most common organisms were Group B streptococcus in neonates without no neurologic complications in all but one and Hemophilus influenza in infants whose clinical outcomes were poor in all except one. CT findings related with poor prognosis in this study were cerebral edema, basal cisternal obliteration and enhancement, and cerebral infarction on initial CT and ventriculomegaly on follow-up CT. We concluded that CT diagnosed intracranial complications of bacterial meningitis well and could contributed to better treatment of bacterial meningitis.

  2. [Predictors of extubation failure and reintubation in newborn infants subjected to mechanical ventilation].

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    Costa, Ana Cristina de Oliveira; Schettino, Renata de Carvalho; Ferreira, Sandra Clecêncio

    2014-01-01

    To identify risk factors for extubation failure and reintubation in newborn infants subjected to mechanical ventilation and to establish whether ventilation parameters and blood gas analysis behave as predictors of those outcomes. Prospective study conducted at a neonatal intensive care unit from May to November 2011. A total of 176 infants of both genders subjected to mechanical ventilation were assessed after extubation. Extubation failure was defined as the need to resume mechanical ventilation within less than 72 hours. Reintubation was defined as the need to reintubate the infants any time after the first 72 hours. Based on the univariate analysis, the variables gestational age mechanical ventilation (days), potential of hydrogen (pH) and partial pressure of oxygen (pO₂) remained associated with extubation failure, and the five-minute Apgar score and age at extubation were associated with reintubation. Low five-minute Apgar scores, age at extubation, length of mechanical ventilation, acid-base disorders and hyperoxia exhibited associations with the investigated outcomes of extubation failure and reintubation.

  3. Holistic Face Processing in Newborns, 3-Month-Old Infants, and Adults: Evidence from the Composite Face Effect

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    Turati, Chiara; Di Giorgio, Elisa; Bardi, Lara; Simion, Francesca

    2010-01-01

    Holistic face processing was investigated in newborns, 3-month-old infants, and adults through a modified version of the composite face paradigm and the recording of eye movements. After familiarization to the top portion of a face, participants (N = 70) were shown 2 aligned or misaligned faces, 1 of which comprised the familiar top part. In the…

  4. Effects of antiretroviral agents during pregnancy on liver enzymes and amylase in HIV-exposed, uninfected newborn infants

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    Patrícia El Beitune

    Full Text Available This study assessed the effect of antiretroviral drugs administered to pregnant women on amylase and liver enzymes of the neonate. A prospective study was conducted on 52 neonates divided into three groups: infants born to HIV-infected mothers taking zidovudine (ZDV group, n = 18, infants born to mothers taking zidovudine + lamivudine + nelfinavir (TT group, n = 22 and infants born to normal women (control group, n = 12. Umbilical cord blood from the newborn infant was used to determine liver transaminases and amylase. Data were analyzed statistically by nonparametric tests, with the level of significance set at p<0.05. The median levels for TT group newborns were 33.3 U/L for oxaloacetic transaminase, 21.5 U/L for pyruvic transaminase, 1.9 mg/dL for total bilirubin, 153 mg/dL for alkaline phosphatase, and 9.6 U/L for amylase. These results did not differ from those obtained for Control newborns or newborns exposed to ZDV alone. No association was observed between the use of antiretroviral drugs during pregnancy and adverse effects on neonatal amylase and hepatic parameters at birth.

  5. Conservative treatment of congenital false joint of shin in newborns and infants

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    O. V. Shchokin

    2017-04-01

    Full Text Available Congenital false joint of shin occurs in 1 case per 28 000 - 190 000 live births, but it is hard-to-treat and disabling disease. Objective: Improving treatment outcomes, reducing the number of surgical interventions for the treatment of congenital false joint of shin. Materials and Methods. The method is carried out using staged plaster casts with the gradual correction of deformities. When axis of the leg approximates to the normal one, axial load is added. First, it is done by tapping on the heel. When the child was 7-8 months old he was put on the legs and taught to walk. The plaster bandage is replaced by "Scotch cast" and "soft cast" bandage. The treatment lasted up to reaching of clinical effect – correction of shin deformation and absence of pathological mobility. Clinical effect must be confirmed by roentgenography which must demonstrate filling of false joint zone with bone tissue and restoration of intramedullary canal. During all the period of treating alternate courses of electrophoresis with calcium chloride, medical mud extracts and magnetic therapy are conducted. In the period from 1995 till 2015 in the Regional Zaporizhzhia Children Clinical Hospital 4 children (6 shins aged from 1 to 7 months with false joint of shin were treated using proposed method. Results and discussion. All 4 children (6 shins treated in clinic with proposed conservative method showed filling of false joint zone with bone tissue, restoration of intramedullary canal and significant extension of axis of the shin. The load on the leg in early terms results in compression of bone fragments (as in compression-distraction osteosynthesis, magnetic therapy, electrophoresis with calcium chloride and medical mud extracts promote active functioning of the muscles that improves regional blood supply and improves osteogenesis. Conclusions. Using the proposed method of treatment of congenital false joint of shins in newborns and infants can allow avoiding surgical

  6. The methodology of Doppler-derived central blood flow measurements in newborn infants.

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    de Waal, Koert A

    2012-01-01

    Central blood flow (CBF) measurements are measurements in and around the heart. It incorporates cardiac output, but also measurements of cardiac input and assessment of intra- and extracardiac shunts. CBF can be measured in the central circulation as right or left ventricular output (RVO or LVO) and/or as cardiac input measured at the superior vena cava (SVC flow). Assessment of shunts incorporates evaluation of the ductus arteriosus and the foramen ovale. This paper describes the methodology of CBF measurements in newborn infants. It provides a brief overview of the evolution of Doppler ultrasound blood flow measurements, basic principles of Doppler ultrasound, and an overview of all used methodology in the literature. A general guide for interpretation and normal values with suggested cutoffs of CBFs are provided for clinical use.

  7. Case of 46,XX/47,XY, +21 chimerism in a newborn infant with ambiguous genitalia

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    Sawai, Tomoko; Yoshimoto, Masaaki; Kinoshita, Ei-ichi; Baba, Tsuneyoshi; Matsumoto, Tadashi; Tsuji, Yoshiro, Niikawa, Norio [Nagasaki Univ. School of Medicine, Nagasaki (Japan); Fukuda, Shinpei [Ohmura Municipal Hospital, Ohmura (Japan); Harada, Naoki [Kyushu Medical Science, Nagasaki (Japan)

    1994-02-15

    The authors describe the whole-body chimerism in a newborn infant with small phallus, pseudo-vaginal perineal hypospadias, and a bifid scrotum containing gonads. The human testis determining factor gene (SRY) was detected by PCR amplification. GTG-banding chromosome analysis in peripheral blood lymphocytes and cultured fibroblasts derived from right cubital skin showed a 46,XX/47,XY, +21 karyotype. Their ratios in each cell line were 294:5 and 178:7, respectively. QFQ-banding chromosome analysis documented 3 heteromorphic satellites on trisomic chromsomes 21 in the 47,XY,+21 cell line and a homozygous satellite pattern in the 46,XX cell line. Heteromorphic patterns of chromsomes 4, 13, 14, and 22 were also different between the two cell lines. To our knowledge, such disomy/trisomy chimeras have not been described previously. 10 refs., 3 figs.

  8. Intracranial hemorrhage of the mature newborn infant. Centering around the CT picture

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    Takemine, Hisao

    1983-08-01

    The labour course, treatment, and prognoses were discussed concerning four mature newborn infants with intracranial hemorrhage diagnosed by CT. Of intracranial hemorrhage, 70.7% was small hemorrhage along the cerebellar tentorium and the falx cerebri, 12.2% subdural hemorrhage in the posterior cranial fossa, and 9.8% subdural hemorrhage in the fornex. Intraventricular or extradural hemorrhage was rarely found. The prognosis is determined by the severity of neurotic symptoms due to cerebral hypoxia. Subdural hemorrhage of the posterior cranial fossa resulted in cerebral palsy in one fifth of the cases, and in slight enlargement of the ventricle in three fifths. Subdural hematoma left porencephaly in one fourth of the patients, but the remaining recovered to normal.

  9. Avicenna (AD 980 to 1037) and the care of the newborn infant and breastfeeding.

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    Modanlou, H D

    2008-01-01

    A brief historical review of medicine during the fourth century Islamic civilization or eleventh century AD in Persia or Iran was undertaken with its focus on Avicenna. A physician-philosopher, named Ibn Sina or Avicenna (980 to 1037), followed and further expanded the tradition of western philosophy and medicine by Aristotle, Hippocrates and Galen. Avicenna, a physician, philosopher, astrologist, anatomist, pharmacologist, ethicist and poet wrote, the Canon of Medicine, the most comprehensive medical textbook of its time. This important textbook was extensively used in European medical schools for centuries after Avicenna's death. In the Canon of Medicine, a chapter is dedicated to the care of the newborn infant dealing with hygiene, breastfeeding and upbringing of the child.

  10. Management of newborn infant born to mother suffering from tuberculosis: current recommendations & gaps in knowledge.

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    Mittal, Hema; Das, Saurabhi; Faridi, M M A

    2014-07-01

    Tuberculosis (TB) is a global disease with increase in concern with growing morbidity and mortality after drug resistance and co-infection with HIV. Mother to neonatal transmission of disease is well known. Current recommendations regarding management of newborns of mothers with tuberculosis are variable in different countries and have large gaps in the knowledge and practices. We compare and summarize here current recommendations on management of infants born to mothers with tuberculosis. Congenital tuberculosis is diagnosed by Cantwell criteria and treatment includes three or four anti-tubercular drug regimen. Prophylaxis with isoniazid (3-6 months) is recommended in neonates born to mother with TB who are infectious. Breastfeeding should be continued in these neonates and isolation is recommended only till mother is infectious, has multidrug resistant tuberculosis or non adherent to treatment. BCG vaccine is recommended at birth or after completion of prophylaxis (3-6 months) in all neonates.

  11. Reduced Breastfeeding Rates in Firstborn Late Preterm and Early Term Infants

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    Alligood-Percoco, Natasha; Martin, Ashley; Zhu, Junjia; Kjerulff, Kristen H.

    2016-01-01

    Abstract Objectives: The primary objective was to determine the rate of breastfeeding by gestational age reported by new mothers 1 month postpartum, with particular focus on early term newborns (37–386/7 weeks). Materials and Methods: Three thousand six primiparous women aged 18–36 years were interviewed during their third trimester and again 1 month postpartum. Logistic regression analysis was used to model the association between gestational age and breastfeeding 1 month postpartum among those who reported that they planned to breastfeed, controlling for potentially confounding variables. Results: Two thousand seven hundred seventy-two women planned to breastfeed (92.2%), among whom 116 (4.2%) delivered late preterm (34–366/7 weeks), 519 (18.7%) early term (37–386/7 weeks), and 2,137 (77.1%) term or postterm (39+ weeks). Among those who delivered late preterm, 63.8% were breastfeeding 1 month postpartum, early term 72.6%, and term or postterm 76.5%. This relationship was verified by a multivariate logistic regression analysis; late preterm newborns were significantly less likely to be breastfeeding 1 month postpartum than the term or postterm newborns (odds ratio [OR] 0.44; 95% confidence interval [CI] 0.28–0.69; p ≤ 0.0001), as were early term newborns (OR 0.77; 95% CI 0.60–0.99; p = 0.038). Conclusions: In this large prospective study of first-time mothers and newborns, gestational age was significantly associated with breastfeeding 1 month postpartum; highlighting late preterm and early term infants as populations at risk for shortened breastfeeding duration and the need to create specific breastfeeding support and education. PMID:27007890

  12. Colestasis del recién nacido y del lactante Cholestasis of newborn and infant

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    Norma Hondal Álvarez

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    Full Text Available Los recién nacidos y lactantes pequeños tienen una inmadurez funcional y anatómica que justifica que las enfermedades hepáticas que se manifiestan en estas edades tengan la ictericia como signo principal y que otros procesos extrahepáticos o sistémicos puedan condicionar colestasis. La colestasis del lactante es un síndrome clínico caracterizado por ictericia, acolia o hipocolia, y coluria, que evoluciona con elevación de la bilirrubina directa y de los ácidos biliares séricos. La evaluación diagnóstica del lactante con colestasis, realizada por un equipo multidisciplinario, debe minimizar la realización de pruebas innecesarias para lograr un diagnóstico correcto en el menor tiempo posible, diferenciar entre colestasis intrahepática o extrahepática y lograr un diagnóstico etiológico, que incluya aquellos procesos que ponen en peligro la vida o requieren un tratamiento específico médico o quirúrgico. El presente trabajo pretende revisar las principales causas, procedimientos diagnósticos y el enfoque terapéutico de la colestasis del recién nacido y del lactante en aras de contribuir a su diagnóstico temprano y su tratamiento adecuado.The small newborns and infants have a functional anatomical immaturity justifying that liver diseases present at these ages have the jaundice as leading sign and that other extra-hepatic or systemic processes may conditioning the Cholestasis. Infant Cholestasis is a clinical syndrome characterized by jaundice, acholia or hypoacholia and choluria evolving with a rise of direct bilirubin and of serum biliary acids. The diagnostic assessment of infant presenting with Cholestasis made by a multidisciplinary staff must to minimize the carrying out of unnecessary tests to obtain an appropriate diagnosis in less time, to differentiate among the intrahepatic or extrahepatic cholestasis and to achieve an etiologic diagnosis including the processes threatening the life or that requiring a medical or

  13. Maternal fatty acid status during pregnancy and lactation and relation to newborn and infant status.

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    Lauritzen, Lotte; Carlson, Susan E

    2011-04-01

    The present review of determinants of infant fatty acid status was undertaken as part of a conference on 'Fatty acid status in early life in low-income countries: determinants and consequences'. Emphasis is placed on the essential fatty acids, and particularly the physiologically important long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (LCPUFAs) of 20 and 22 carbons. We are unaware of any studies of determinants of infant fatty acid status in populations with a cultural dietary pattern with low amounts of linoleic acid (LA, 18:2n-6) and α-linolenic acid (ALA,18:3n-3). Many reports suggest that there may be adverse health effects related to the increased proportion of LA in relation to ALA, which have occurred worldwide due to the increased availability of vegetable oils high in LA. The issue of dietary n-6 to n-3 balance may apply to infant fatty acid status both during fetal and post-natal life; however, this review focuses on the n-3 and n-6 LCPUFA, in particular, docosahexaenoic acid (DHA, 22:6n-3) and arachidonic acid (AA, 20:4n-6), which are the predominant n-3 and n-6 LCPUFA found in cell membranes. The evidence that these fatty acids are preferentially transferred from maternal to fetal circulation across the placenta, and the sources and mechanisms for this transfer, are reviewed. We also address the sources of DHA and AA for the newborn including human milk DHA and AA and the factors that influence maternal DHA status and consequently the amount of DHA available for transfer to the fetus and infant via human milk. © 2011 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

  14. A cross-sectional study of plasma and urinary aluminum levels in term and preterm infants.

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    Bougle, D; Bureau, F; Voirin, J; Neuville, D; Duhamel, J F

    1992-01-01

    High aluminum levels have been reported in sick and intravenously fed premature infants; however, aluminum is a ubiquitous pollutant of food. This study compares the usual aluminum levels of healthy newborns from birth to the third month of life with those of enterally fed premature infants free of renal failure. Plasma and urine concentrations were determined 66 times in full-term newborns (n = 58), 56 times in a group of preterm infants whose gestational age at birth was 28 to 32 weeks (n = 36) and 54 times in another group of preterm infants whose gestational age at birth was 33 to 36 weeks (n = 50). Daily aluminum intakes (+/- SE) of the full-term infants and the two groups of preterm infants were 0.42 +/- 0.05, 0.64 +/- 0.03, and 0.52 +/- 0.03 mumol/kg per day, respectively (p = .05). Plasma aluminum levels were 0.29 +/- 0.05, 0.49 +/- 0.06, and 0.39 +/- 0.05 mumol/L (p = .007); urine excretion levels were 0.80 +/- 0.12, 0.77 +/- 0.21, and 0.78 +/- 0.2 mumol of aluminum/mmol of creatinine (p value not significant). Although the metabolic consequences of the high aluminum intakes and blood levels we have observed in very low birth weight infants remain to be assessed, these results suggest that more attention should be paid to the aluminum status and intake of healthy premature babies.

  15. Ultrasonography and magnetic resonance imaging of the brain in hypoxic full-term newborns

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    Kudrevičienė, Aušrelė; Lukoševičius, Saulius; Laurynaitienė, Jūratė; Marmienė, Vitalija; Tamelienė, Rasa; Basevičius, Algidas

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    The aim of this article was to review the studies on diagnostic and prognostic value of radiological investigations (cranial sonography, Doppler ultrasonography, and magnetic resonance imaging) in the detection of hypoxic-ischemic brain injuries in full-term newborns. Materials and Methods. A systematic search of studies on the diagnostic and prognostic possibilities of radiological investigations for the detection of hypoxic-ischemic injuries in full-term newborns was performed. Results. A t...

  16. Preterm Infants Exhibit Greater Variability in Cerebrovascular Control than Term Infants

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    Fyfe, Karinna L.; Odoi, Alexsandria; Yiallourou, Stephanie R.; Wong, Flora Y.; Walker, Adrian M.; Horne, Rosemary S.C.

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    Study Objectives: Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) remains an important cause of infant death, particularly among infants born preterm. Prone sleeping is the major risk factor for SIDS and this has recently been shown to alter cerebrovascular control in term infants. As preterm infants are at greater risk for SIDS than those born at term, we hypothesized that their cerebrovascular control in the prone position would be reduced compared to term infants. Patients or Participants: There were 35 preterm (mean gestation 31.2 ± 0.4 w) and 17 term (mean gestation 40.1 ± 0.3 w) infants. Design: Infants underwent daytime polysomnography at 2–4 w, 2–3 mo, and 5–6 mo postterm age. Infants slept both prone and supine and were presented with cardiovascular challenges in the form of 15° head-up tilts (HUT). Measurements and Results: Cerebral tissue oxygenation index (TOI) was recorded using near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRO-200 spectrophotometer, Hamamatsu Photonics KK, Japan) and mean arterial pressure (MAP) was recorded using a Finometer cuff (Finapres Medical Systems, Amsterdam, The Netherlands). In the prone position TOI increased following the HUT (P < 0.05), whereas no change was seen in the supine position. The overall pattern of response was similar in both groups, but more variable in preterm than term infants (P < 0.05). Conclusions: Cerebrovascular control differs between the prone and supine positions in preterm infants. Although overall the responses to head-up tilts were similar between term and preterm infants, greater variability of responses in preterm infants suggests persisting immaturity of their cerebrovascular control in the first year of life, which may contribute to their increased risk of sudden infant death syndrome. Citation: Fyfe KL, Odoi A, Yiallourou SR, Wong FY, Walker AM, Horne RS. Preterm infants exhibit greater variability in cerebrovascular control than term infants. SLEEP 2015;38(9):1411–1421. PMID:25669192

  17. Pacifier use versus no pacifier use in breastfeeding term infants for increasing duration of breastfeeding.

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    Jaafar, Sharifah Halimah; Jahanfar, Shayesteh; Angolkar, Mubashir; Ho, Jacqueline J

    2011-03-16

    To successfully initiate and maintain breastfeeding for a longer duration, the World Health Organization's Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding recommends total avoidance of artificial teats or pacifiers for breastfeeding infants. Offering the pacifier instead of the breast to calm the infant may lead to less frequent episodes of breastfeeding and as a consequence may reduce breast milk production and shorten duration of breastfeeding; however, this remains unclear. To assess the effect of pacifier use versus no pacifier use in healthy full-term newborns whose mothers have initiated breastfeeding and intend to exclusively breastfeed, on the duration of breastfeeding, other breastfeeding outcomes and infant health. We searched the Cochrane Pregnancy and Childbirth Group's Trials Register (31 December 2010). Randomised and quasi-randomised controlled trials comparing pacifier use versus no pacifier use in healthy full-term newborns who have initiated breastfeeding regardless of whether they were born at home or in the hospital. Two authors independently assessed the studies for inclusion, assessed risk of bias and carried out data extraction. We found three trials (involving 1915 babies) for inclusion in the review but have included only two trials (involving 1302 healthy full-term breastfeeding infants) in the analysis. Meta-analysis of the two combined studies showed that pacifier use in healthy breastfeeding infants had no significant effect on the proportion of infants exclusively breastfed at three months (risk ratio (RR) 1.00; 95% confidence interval (CI) 0.95 to 1.06), and at four months of age (RR 0.99; 95% CI 0.92 to 1.06) and also had no effect on the proportion of infants partially breastfed at three months (RR 1.00; 95% CI 0.97 to 1.02), and at 4 months of age (RR 1.01; 95% CI 0.98 to 1.03). Pacifier use in healthy term breastfeeding infants, started from birth or after lactation is established, did not significantly affect the prevalence or duration of

  18. The potential of vacuum therapy in the treatment of a newborn infant with severe thermal injury

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    L. I. Budkevich

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    Full Text Available The paper describes a clinical case of successful combination therapy in a newborn infant with severe thermal injury. When admitted to the hospital, the infant was diagnosed with third-degree flame burn covering 75% of the body surface and shock. Specialized emergency care involved antishock measures and replacement of vital functions, stepwise surgical interventions aimed to excise necrotic tissues and to restore lost skin tissue, and antimicrobial and symptomatic therapies. Topical treatment included the use of current wound coatings. Skin autocells were used for significant skin defect. Aacuum therapy was performed to stimulate repair processes and to prepare wounds for further skin plasty. The techniques of vacuum therapy included RENAS\\S-GO and PICO apparatuses. Its efficiency was evaluated by microbiological, immunohistochemical, and planimetric examinations. Analysis of the decontaminating impact of a vacuum coating could establish its substantial effect in reducing wound bacterial contamination by 65% in the study group and by an average of 21% in the comparison group. That of immunohistochemical findings during vacuum therapy could reveal the high expression of two markers characterizing wound an-giogenesis. Comparative analysis of planimetric readings showed no significant differences in the use of vacuum therapy and current wound coatings. Thus, negative-pressure therapy creates favorable conditions for a wound healing process, providing effective wound decontamination and stimulating granulation tissue maturation as a factor to prepare for skin plasty.

  19. Comprehensive approach to newborns and infants with brachial plexus impairment – proposal of Slovenian guidelines

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    Katja Groleger Sršen

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    Full Text Available The impairment of brachial plexus (IBP in the neonate and infant remains an important problem. Risk factors for IBP are well known, but the mechanisms of impairment are not yet fully understood. It is important to identify early signs of IBP and to evaluate the hand function. In the guidelines we propose to use the Toronto scale for evaluation of hand function. The newborn with IBP should be referred to physiotherapy, and then regularly followed-up once a month. If the arm and hand function, especially flexion of the elbow, is not improving at the age of two months, the infant should be referred to the tertiary level rehabilitation centre and to department for plastic surgery at the University Medical Centre in Ljubljana. When necessary, the reconstructive procedure should be done by the age of three to six months. After reconstruction of brachial plexus, the child needs a comprehensive therapy program, which involves passive stretching, sensory stimulation, exercises to promote the development of active voluntary movements, bimanual activities, and symmetrical posture and movement patterns.

  20. [Diagnosis of pulmonary hemorrhage of the newborn infants using lung ultrasonography].

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    Liu, J; Fu, W; Chen, S W; Wang, Y

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    Objective: To investigate the accuracy and reliability of lung ultrasound in diagnosis of pulmonary hemorrhage of the newborn infants. Method: From January 2014 to May 2016, 142 neonates from the Army General Hospital of the Chinese PLA were enrolled in the study. They were divided into two groups: a study group of 42 neonates, who were diagnosed with pulmonary hemorrhage according to their medical history, clinical manifestations and chest X-ray findings, and a control group of 100 neonates with no lung disease. All subjects underwent bedside lung ultrasound in a quiet state in a supine, lateral or prone posture, performed by a single experienced physician. The ultrasound findings were compared between the two groups.Fisher's exact test was uesd for comparison between two groups. Result: The lung ultrasound main findings associated with pulmonary hemorrhage included: (1) Shred sign: which was seen in 40 patients(95%). (2) Lung consolidation with air bronchograms: which were seen in 35 patients(83%). (3) Pleural effusion: which was seen in 34 infants(81%), pleurocentesis confirmed that the fluid was really bleeding.(4)Atelectasis: which was seen in 14 cases(33%). (5) Pleural line abnormalities and disappearing A-lines with an incidence of 100%. (6) Alveolar-interstitial syndrome: 5 patients(12%)had the main manifestations of alveolar-interstitial syndrome. The above signs were not seen in normal controls (all Ppulmonary hemorrhage, which is suitable for routine application for the diagnosis of pulmonary hemorrhage in the neonatal intensive care unit.

  1. Effects of Fructans from Mexican Agave in Newborns Fed with Infant Formula: A Randomized Controlled Trial

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    Gabriel López-Velázquez

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    Full Text Available Background: The importance of prebiotics consumption is increasing all over the world due to their beneficial effects on health. Production of better prebiotics from endemic plants raises possibilities to enhance nutritional effects in vulnerable population groups. Fructans derived from Agave Plant have demonstrated their safety and efficacy as prebiotics in animal models. Recently, the safety in humans of two fructans obtained from Agave tequilana (Metlin® and Metlos® was demonstrated. Methods: This study aimed to demonstrate the efficacy as prebiotics of Metlin® and Metlos® in newborns of a randomized, double blind, controlled trial with a pilot study design. Biological samples were taken at 20 ± 7 days, and three months of age from healthy babies. Outcomes of efficacy include impact on immune response, serum ferritin, C-reactive protein, bone metabolism, and gut bacteria changes. Results: There were differences statistically significant for the groups of infants fed only with infant formula and with formula enriched with Metlin® and Metlos®. Conclusions: Our results support the efficacy of Metlin® and Metlos® as prebiotics in humans, and stand the bases to recommend their consumption. Trial Registration: ClinicalTrials.gov, NCT 01251783.

  2. Breastfeeding: making the difference in the development, health and nutrition of term and preterm newborns

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    Nascimento Maria Beatriz Reinert do

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    Full Text Available Breastfeeding is the natural and safe way of feeding small infants, providing nutritional, immunological, psychological and economic recognized and unquestionable advantages. These qualities are especially important in premature infants, because of their vulnerability. Despite highly desirable, there is, in general, little success in breastfeeding preterm infants, especially in special care neonatal units. There are evidences that a high supportive hospital environment, with an interdisciplinary team, makes possible to these infants to be breastfed. In this article, the authors present an up-to-date review about the components of human milk and its unique characteristics, as well as describes aspects that make the breast milk particularly suitable for feeding the premature newborn.

  3. [Impact of cocooning and maternal voice on the autonomic nervous system activity in the premature newborn infant].

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    Alexandre, C; De Jonckheere, J; Rakza, T; Mur, S; Carette, D; Logier, R; Jeanne, M; Storme, L

    2013-09-01

    Discomfort, pain, and stress have an adverse impact on the psychomotor development in the premature newborn infant. Recent studies indicate that pain and stress are associated with a reduction of parasympathetic outflow. We hypothesized that cocooning associated with the human voice has a favorable impact on parasympathetic activity in the premature newborn infant. We compared heart rate variability (HRV) before and after standardized cocooning phases associated with the human voice and carried out: 1) by the mother and 2) by a third person. HRV was assessed and expressed as an index reflecting the parasympathetic tone. Ten children were included (median gestational age, 33 weeks (30(+4)-33(+2))). We observed a higher HRV index after the period of cocooning associated with the human voice compared with the baseline measurement (Pnewborn infant, indicating an increase in parasympathetic activity after cocooning associated with the human voice. However, the impact is similar whether the cocooning associated with the human voice is performed by the mother or a third person. This result suggests that cocooning associated with the human voice carried out either by the mother or a third person contributes to decreasing stress and discomfort in the premature newborn infant. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  4. Antimicrobial-impregnated central venous catheters for prevention of catheter-related bloodstream infection in newborn infants.

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    Balain, Munisha; Oddie, Sam J; McGuire, William

    2015-09-27

    Central venous catheter-related bloodstream infection is an important cause of mortality and morbidity in newborn infants cared for in neonatal units. Potential strategies to prevent these infections include the use of central venous catheters impregnated with antimicrobial agents. To determine the effect of antimicrobial-impregnated central venous catheters in preventing catheter-related bloodstream infection in newborn infants. We searched the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL 2015, Issue 8), MEDLINE (1966 to September 2015), EMBASE (1980 to September 2015), CINAHL (1982 to September 2015), conference proceedings and previous reviews. Randomised or quasi-randomised controlled trials comparing central venous catheters impregnated or coated with any antibiotic or antiseptic versus central venous catheters without antibiotic or antiseptic coating or impregnation in newborn infants. We extracted data using the standard methods of the Cochrane Neonatal Group, with independent evaluation of risk of bias and data extraction by two review authors. We found only one small trial (N = 98). This trial found that silver zeolite-impregnated umbilical venous catheters reduced the incidence of bloodstream infection in very preterm infants (risk ratio 0.11, 95% confidence interval 0.01 to 0.87; risk difference -0.17, 95% CI -0.30 to -0.04; number needed to treat for benefit 6, 95% CI 3 to 25]. Although the data from one small trial indicates that antimicrobial-impregnated central venous catheters might prevent catheter-related bloodstream infection in newborn infants, the available evidence is insufficient to guide clinical practice. A large, simple and pragmatic randomised controlled trial is needed to resolve on-going uncertainty.

  5. Nail features in healthy term newborns: a single-centre observational study of 52 cases.

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    Chinazzo, M; Lorette, G; Baran, R; Finon, A; Saliba, É; Maruani, A

    2017-02-01

    The anatomy and embryology of the nail are well known, and nail abnormalities are a feature of many genodermatoses. However, the physiological aspect is not well described. We aimed to analyse the physiological features of nails in healthy newborns. We performed an observational, prospective study at University Hospital Center of Tours between July and October 2015. Newborns were included by a dermatologist assistant during the systematic examination on release of the mother from the hospital. The medical history of the mother and infant were recorded by using a standardized questionnaire. Finger- and toenails were systematically photographed for a second interpretation by a dermatologist with blinding to the first photograph. Fifty-eight patients were eligible, and 52 were included. Half of the newborns were males, and the mean age at inclusion was 3.6 ± 1.2 days. Fingernails had an oval shape (71.1%) or a flat curvature (63.5%), and half had a lunula. Toenails showed an apparent hypertrophy of the proximal nail fold (38.4%) and lateral nail fold (73.1%). The shape of the nails was triangular (50.0%) or round (21.1%). We noted koilonychia in 32.7% of infants and lunula in 7.7%. Distal parts showed onychoschizia (28.8%) and onycholysis (26.9%). Koilonychia, onychoschizia of toenails or absence of lunula are physiological features of nails in newborns. © 2016 European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology.

  6. High-density diffuse optical tomography of term infant visual cortex in the nursery

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    Liao, Steve M.; Ferradal, Silvina L.; White, Brian R.; Gregg, Nicholas; Inder, Terrie E.; Culver, Joseph P.

    2012-08-01

    Advancements in antenatal and neonatal medicine over the last few decades have led to significant improvement in the survival rates of sick newborn infants. However, this improvement in survival has not been matched by a reduction in neurodevelopmental morbidities with increasing recognition of the diverse cognitive and behavioral challenges that preterm infants face in childhood. Conventional neuroimaging modalities, such as cranial ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging, provide an important definition of neuroanatomy with recognition of brain injury. However, they fail to define the functional integrity of the immature brain, particularly during this critical developmental period. Diffuse optical tomography methods have established success in imaging adult brain function; however, few studies exist to demonstrate their feasibility in the neonatal population. We demonstrate the feasibility of using recently developed high-density diffuse optical tomography (HD-DOT) to map functional activation of the visual cortex in healthy term-born infants. The functional images show high contrast-to-noise ratio obtained in seven neonates. These results illustrate the potential for HD-DOT and provide a foundation for investigations of brain function in more vulnerable newborns, such as preterm infants.

  7. Artificial placenta--lung assist devices for term and preterm newborns with respiratory failure.

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    Rochow, Niels; Chan, Emily C; Wu, Wen-I; Selvaganapathy, Ponnambalam R; Fusch, Gerhard; Berry, Leslie; Brash, John; Chan, Anthony K; Fusch, Christoph

    2013-06-25

    Respiratory insufficiency is a major cause of neonatal mortality and long-term morbidity, especially in very low birth weight infants. Today, non-invasive and mechanical ventilation are commonly accepted procedures to provide respiratory support to newborns, but they can reach their limit of efficacy. To overcome this technological plateau and further reduce mortality rates, the technology of an "artificial placenta", which is a pumpless lung assist device connected to the umbilical vessels, would serve to expand the therapeutic spectrum when mechanical ventilation becomes inadequate to treat neonates with severe respiratory insufficiency.
The first attempts to create such an artificial placenta took place more than 60 years ago. However, there has been a recent renaissance of this concept, including developments of its major components like the oxygenator, vascular access via umbilical vessels, flow control, as well as methods to achieve hemocompatibility in extracorporeal circuits. This paper gives a review of past and current development, animal experiments and human case studies of artificial placenta technology.

  8. 3-D refractive index tomograms and deformability of individual human red blood cells from cord blood of newborn infants and maternal blood

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    Park, HyunJoo; Kim, Kyoohyun; Lee, Sangyun; Kook, Songyi; Lee, Dongheon; Suh, In Bum; Nab, Sunghun; Park, YongKeun

    2015-01-01

    Red blood cells (RBCs) from the cord blood of newborn infants have distinctive functions for fetal and infant development. To systematically investigate the biophysical characteristics of individual cord RBCs in newborn infants, a comparative study was performed of RBCs from cord blood of newborn infants, and of adult RBCs from mothers or non-pregnant women, employing optical holographic micro-tomography. Optical measurements of 3-D refractive index distributions, and of dynamic membrane fluctuations of individual RBCs, enabled retrieval of the morphological, biochemical, and mechanical properties of cord, maternal, and adult RBCs at the individual cell level. The volume and surface area of the cord RBCs were significant larger than those of RBCs from non-pregnant women, and cord RBCs have more flattened shapes than RBCs in adults. In addition, the Hb content in the cord RBCs of newborns was significantly greater. The Hb concentration in cord RBCs was higher than for non-pregnant women or maternal RBCs, but t...

  9. Quadratic Phase Couplings in the EEG of Premature and Full-term Newborn during Quiet Sleep.

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    Schiecke, K; Eiselt, M; Schlattmann, P; Witte, H

    2015-01-01

    This article is part of the Focus Theme of Methods of Information in Medicine on "Biosignal Interpretation: Advanced Methods for Neural Signals and Images". The aim of this study was to compare rhythmicities in the quadratic phase coupling (QPC) in the tracé discontinue EEG patterns (TD) of premature newborns and the tracé alternant EEG patterns (TA) of full-term newborns by means of time-variant bispectral analysis. Both pattern occur during quiet sleep and are characterized by an ongoing sequence of interburst and burst patterns. The courses of time-variant bispectral measures during the EEG burst most likely indicate specific interrelations between cortical and thalamocortical brain structures. The EEG of a group of premature (n = 5) and of full-term (n = 5) newborns was analysed. Time-variant QPC was investigated by means of time-variant parametric bispectral analysis. The frequency plain [0.5 Hz, 1.5 Hz] x [3 Hz, 6 Hz] was used as the region-of-interest (ROI). QPC rhythms with a frequency of 0.1 Hz (8 - 11 s) were found in all full-term newborns at all electrodes. For the premature newborns the QPC rhythms were less stable and slower (< 0.1 Hz, 11 -  17 s) at all electrodes and showed a higher inter-individual variation than for the full-term newborns. Statistically, the adaptation of a linear mixed model revealed a difference of about 5 s between both groups of newborns. The comparison of the results of both groups of newborns indicates a development in the interaction between cortical, thalamocortical and neurovegetative structures in the neonatal brain.

  10. Serum lutein concentrations in healthy term infants fed human milk or infant formula with lutein

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    Bettler, Jodi; Zimmer, J. Paul; Neuringer, Martha; DeRusso, Patricia A.

    2009-01-01

    Background Lutein is a carotenoid that may play a role in eye health. Human milk typically contains higher concentrations of lutein than infant formula. Preliminary data suggest there are differences in serum lutein concentrations between breastfed and formula-fed infants. Aim of the study To measure the serum lutein concentrations among infants fed human milk or formulas with and without added lutein. Methods A prospective, double-masked trial was conducted in healthy term formula-fed infant...

  11. Effect of oronasopharyngeal suction on arterial oxygen saturation in normal, term infants delivered vaginally: a prospective randomised controlled trial.

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    Modarres Nejad, V; Hosseini, R; Sarrafi Nejad, A; Shafiee, G

    2014-07-01

    Oronasopharyngeal suction (ONPS) with a suction bulb at birth is a traditional practice in the initial management of healthy infants in Iran and many other countries. The purpose of this study was to compare the effects of oronasopharyngeal suction (ONPS) with those of no suction in normal, term newborns delivered vaginally. A total of 170 healthy term infants of first and single uncomplicated pregnancies, with clear amniotic fluid, vaginal delivery and cephalic presentation, enrolled in the trial during labour. Newborns were randomised into one of the two groups, according to the use of the ONPS procedure. Arterial oxygen saturation (SaO2) levels, heart rates, blood gases of umbilical cord and Apgar scores were determined. The mean SaO2 values over the first and fifth min of birth were similar in the two groups. The maximum time to reach SaO2 of ≥ 92% was shorter in the no suction group. There were no statistically significant differences in the mean of heart rates, respiratory rates and Apgar scores between the groups. Apgar scores at 5 and 10 min were between 8 and 10 for all infants, respectively. Newborns receiving suction showed a statistically significant, lower mean partial carbon dioxide pressure (PCO2) and a significantly higher partial oxygen pressure (PO2) of umbilical artery. Although the differences were statistically significant, these were not considered clinically significant because values remained within normal ranges. According to this study, ONPS is not recommended as a routine procedure in normal, term infants delivered vaginally.

  12. Birth defects in children with newborn encephalopathy

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    Felix, JF; Badawi, N; Kurinczuk, JJ; Bower, C; Keogh, JM; Pemberton, PJ

    2000-01-01

    This study was designed to investigate birth defects found in association with newborn encephalopathy. All possible birth defects were ascertained in a population-based study of 276 term infants with moderate or severe encephalopathy and 564 unmatched term control infants. A strong association

  13. [Effects on the newborn infant of thiopental and propofol used in anesthetic induction in cesarean section].

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    Zamora, E; Redondo, J A; Catalán, P A; Carrillo, F

    1994-01-01

    To compare the effects of an anesthetic induction dose of thiopental to that of propofol on the vitality of the neonate, as measured by Apgar score and the interval between extraction of the newborn and unassisted respiration. One hundred ASA I-II women undergoing cesarean section were randomly assigned to two groups of 50. Anesthesia was induced with thiopental 4 mg/kg in one group; in the other group, propofol 2 mg/kg was used. Time intervals recorded were induction-to-extraction, uterine incision-to-extraction and extraction-to-unassisted respiration. An Apgar score was recorded 1, 5 and 10 min after birth. For statistical analysis, each group was divided into three subgroups, in accordance with the reason for performing the cesarean section: subgroup 1, elective cesarean; subgroup 2, emergency cesarean due to dystocia or failure; subgroup 3, emergency cesarean section due to acute fetal distress. Means of intervals for induction-extraction and uterine incision-extraction showed no significant differences. All induction-extraction intervals were under 10 min (4.94 +/- 1.55 min) and all uterine incision-extraction intervals were under 180 sec, with most staying under 90 sec (43.13 +/- 25.76 sec). No statistically significant differences were found for vitality between the two groups of neonates. If the induction-extraction interval is 10 min or less, both thiopental (4 mg/kg) and propofol (2 mg/kg) given in a single dose for induction of general anesthesia in all types of cesarean section are equally safe for the newborn infant.

  14. Early term birth: understanding the health risks to infants.

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    Craighead, Debra Vela

    2012-01-01

    Early term birth, which occurs at 37 to 38 weeks gestation, is often elective and can carry significant health risks to infants, including short-term and long-term health outcomes. Nurses and other health care providers involved in the care of pregnant women and infants need to be aware of these infants' physiologic vulnerability and potential short- term and long-term care requirements. Nurses can educate patients and raise awareness of the risks associated with early term birth. © 2012 AWHONN.

  15. Preterm Infants Exhibit Greater Variability in Cerebrovascular Control than Term Infants.

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    Fyfe, Karinna L; Odoi, Alexsandria; Yiallourou, Stephanie R; Wong, Flora Y; Walker, Adrian M; Horne, Rosemary S C

    2015-09-01

    Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) remains an important cause of infant death, particularly among infants born preterm. Prone sleeping is the major risk factor for SIDS and this has recently been shown to alter cerebrovascular control in term infants. As preterm infants are at greater risk for SIDS than those born at term, we hypothesized that their cerebrovascular control in the prone position would be reduced compared to term infants. There were 35 preterm (mean gestation 31.2 ± 0.4 w) and 17 term (mean gestation 40.1 ± 0.3 w) infants. Infants underwent daytime polysomnography at 2-4 w, 2-3 mo, and 5-6 mo postterm age. Infants slept both prone and supine and were presented with cardiovascular challenges in the form of 15° head-up tilts (HUT). Cerebral tissue oxygenation index (TOI) was recorded using near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRO-200 spectrophotometer, Hamamatsu Photonics KK, Japan) and mean arterial pressure (MAP) was recorded using a Finometer cuff (Finapres Medical Systems, Amsterdam, The Netherlands). In the prone position TOI increased following the HUT (P position. The overall pattern of response was similar in both groups, but more variable in preterm than term infants (P positions in preterm infants. Although overall the responses to head-up tilts were similar between term and preterm infants, greater variability of responses in preterm infants suggests persisting immaturity of their cerebrovascular control in the first year of life, which may contribute to their increased risk of sudden infant death syndrome. © 2015 Associated Professional Sleep Societies, LLC.

  16. Effect of restricted pacifier use in breastfeeding term infants for increasing duration of breastfeeding.

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    Jaafar, Sharifah Halimah; Ho, Jacqueline J; Jahanfar, Shayesteh; Angolkar, Mubashir

    2016-08-30

    To successfully initiate and maintain breastfeeding for a longer duration, the World Health Organization's Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding recommends total avoidance of artificial teats or pacifiers for breastfeeding infants. Concerns have been raised that offering the pacifier instead of the breast to calm the infant may lead to less frequent episodes of breastfeeding and as a consequence may reduce breast-milk production and shorten duration of breastfeeding. To assess the effect of restricted versus unrestricted pacifier use in healthy full-term newborns whose mothers have initiated breastfeeding and intend to exclusively breastfeed, on the duration of breastfeeding, other breastfeeding outcomes and infant health. We searched the Cochrane Pregnancy and Childbirth Group's Trials Register (30 June 2016) and reference lists of retrieved studies. Randomised and quasi-randomised controlled trials comparing restricted versus unrestricted pacifier use in healthy full-term newborns who have initiated breastfeeding. Two review authors independently assessed trials for inclusion and risk of bias, extracted data and checked them for accuracy. The quality of the evidence was assessed using the GRADE approach. We found three trials (involving 1915 babies) for inclusion in the review, but have included only two trials (involving 1302 healthy full-term breastfeeding infants) in the analysis. Meta-analysis of the two combined studies showed that pacifier use in healthy breastfeeding infants had no significant effect on the proportion of infants exclusively breastfed at three months (risk ratio (RR) 1.01; 95% confidence interval (CI) 0.96 to 1.07, two studies, 1228 infants), and at four months of age (RR 1.01; 95% CI 0.94 to 1.09, one study, 970 infants, moderate-quality evidence), and also had no effect on the proportion of infants partially breastfed at three months (RR 1.00; 95% CI 0.98 to 1.02, two studies, 1228 infants), and at four months of age (RR 0.99; 95% CI 0

  17. ESTABLISHMENT OF REFERENCE RANGE FOR LIPID PROFILE IN HEALTHY NEW BORN, INFANT AND LOW BIRTH WEIGHT NEWBORN IN INDIAN POPULATION

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    Piyush B Tailor; Shailesh M. Patel; Chinmay J Shah; Niharika Upadhyay

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    Cardiovascular disease is among the major cause of morbidity and mortality in industrialized countries.The earlier prevailing belief that chronic disease in adulthood are the consequences of adult lifestyle choices and exposures, has now also given room for thought to the concept that the process of atherosclerosis begins in childhood and that the fatty streaks are present in children as young as three year of age. In present study, infant and newborn baby, coming to S.S.G Hospital, Vadodara ...

  18. A rare presentation of congenital syphilis: Pemphigus syphiliticus in a newborn infant with extensive desquamation of the extremities.

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    Wang, Elizabeth A; Chambers, Cindy J; Silverstein, Marc

    2018-01-04

    Congenital syphilis is an infection transmitted from mother to fetus and can present with early but variable cutaneous manifestations. In rare situations, a bullous eruption known as pemphigus syphiliticus may develop. We present an unusual case of broad desquamation of the extremities in a newborn infant who was found to have congenital syphilis. Pemphigus syphiliticus should be considered in the differential diagnosis of neonatal bullous eruptions and erosions. © 2018 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  19. Associations of Newborn Brain Magnetic Resonance Imaging with Long-Term Neurodevelopmental Impairments in Very Preterm Children.

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    Anderson, Peter J; Treyvaud, Karli; Neil, Jeffrey J; Cheong, Jeanie L Y; Hunt, Rodney W; Thompson, Deanne K; Lee, Katherine J; Doyle, Lex W; Inder, Terrie E

    2017-08-01

    To determine the relationship between brain abnormalities on newborn magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and neurodevelopmental impairment at 7 years of age in very preterm children. A total of 223 very preterm infants (brain MRI scan at term equivalent age. Scans were scored using a standardized system that assessed structural abnormality of cerebral white matter, cortical gray matter, deep gray matter, and cerebellum. Children were assessed at 7 years on measures of general intelligence, motor functioning, academic achievement, and behavior. One hundred eighty-six very preterm children (83%) had both an MRI at term equivalent age and a 7-year follow-up assessment. Higher global brain, cerebral white matter, and deep gray matter abnormality scores were related to poorer intelligence quotient (IQ) (Ps MRI abnormality scores and outcomes. Moderate-severe global abnormality on newborn MRI was associated with a reduction in IQ (-6.9 points), math computation (-7.1 points), and motor (-1.9 points) scores independent of the other potential confounders. Structured evaluation of brain MRI at term equivalent is predictive of outcome at 7 years of age, independent of clinical and social factors. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  20. Surfactant deficiency in full-term newborns with transient tachypnea delivered by elective C-section.

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    Estorgato, Geovana Rhoden; Fiori, Humberto Holmer; da Silva Ribeiro, Manoel Antonio; de Paula, Davi; Garcia, Pedro Celiny Ramos; Mattiello, Rita; Fiori, Renato Machado

    2016-06-01

    Previous studies have suggested that full-term newborns delivered by elective cesarean section who develop transient tachypnea have low gastric microbubble counts. In the present study, microbubble concentrations in oral fluid samples were used to evaluate pulmonary maturity. To evaluate lung maturity in full-term newborns delivered by elective caesarean section using the stable microbubble test in oral aspirates collected at birth. The study involved newborns with gestational age >37 weeks delivered by elective cesarean section. Oral fluid samples were obtained in the delivery room immediately after birth, and gastric fluid was collected within the first hour of life. Samples were frozen and analyzed by two blinded researchers. The sample comprised 544 newborns. Twenty-two were diagnosed with transient tachypnea of the newborn by the assisting physician, and required admission to the Neonatal Intensive or Intermediate Care Unit. The median (interquartile range) of the number of microbubbles in the oral samples of these patients was 67.5 (45-150) microbubbles/mm(2) . The remaining 498 newborns without respiratory difficulties had a count of 350 (150-750) microbubbles/mm(2) -P neonates with respiratory difficulties, and of 600 (216-1125) microbubbles/mm(2) -P surfactant dysfunction. Pediatr Pulmonol. 2016;51:596-600. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  1. Child-rearing history and emotional bonding in parents of preterm and full-term infants

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    Hall, R.A.S.; Hoffenkamp, H.N.; Tooten, A.; Braeken, J.; Vingerhoets, A.J.J.M.; van Bakel, H.J.A.

    2015-01-01

    Some parents fail to develop strong emotional bonds with their newborn infants. As the quality of the parent–infant relationship contributes to the infant’s development, it is of great importance to identify protective and risk factors that facilitate or impede the development of the parent–infant

  2. [Carriage of group B beta-haemolytic streptococci among pregnant women in Iceland and colonisation of their newborn infants.].

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    Bjarnadóttir, Ingibjœrg; Kristinsson, Karl G; Hauksson, Arnar; Vilbergsson, Guðjón; Pálsson, Gestur; Dagbjartsson, Atli

    2003-02-01

    To determine the carrier rate of group B beta-haemolytic streptococci (GBS) of pregnant women in Iceland and the colonisation of their newborns. A prospective study was conducted from October 1994 until October 1997, where culture specimens for GBS were taken from vagina and rectum of pregnant women attending the prenatal clinics at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Landspitali University Hospital and the Reykjavik Health Centre. The samples were taken at 23 and 36 weeks gestation and at delivery. Culture samples were also taken from axilla, umbilical area and pharynx of their newborn infants immediately after birth. Included in the study were pregnant women born on every fourth day of each month. Carrier state was not treated during pregnancy, but Penicillin G was given i.v. at delivery if the last culture before delivery was positive and gestational age was 12 hours before delivery or the mother had a fever >38 degrees C. Cultures were taken from 280 women and their children. GBS carrier rate of pregnant women in Iceland was 24.3%. Twelve newborns had GBS positive cultures. No newborn had a confirmed septicemia. Cultures from 25% of newborns, who s mothers were still GBS carriers at birth, were positive for GBS. Positive predictive value of cultures taken at 23 weeks gestation was 64% and 78% at 36 weeks. Negative predictive value was 95% and 99% respectively. One out of every four pregnant women in Iceland is a GBS carrier. Twentyfive percent of newborns become colonised with GBS if the mother is a GBS carrier at delivery. When screening for GBS carrier state is done cultures from both vagina and rectum is more sensitive than cultures from vagina only. At least five percent of all newborns in Iceland are therefore expected to have positive skin cultures at birth. If the mother does not have positive GBS cultures during pregnancy, the likelihood that she will give birth to a GBS colonised child is almost none.

  3. Urinary paraben concentrations among pregnant women and their matching newborn infants of Korea, and the association with oxidative stress biomarkers

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    Kang, Sungeun; Kim, Sunmi [School of Public Health, Seoul National University (Korea, Republic of); Park, Jeongim [College of Natural Sciences, Soonchunhyang University (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Hae-Joong [College of Medicine, Korea University (Korea, Republic of); Lee, Jeongjae; Choi, Gyuyeon [College of Medicine, Soonchunhyang University (Korea, Republic of); Choi, Sooran; Kim, Sungjoo [College of Medicine, Hallym University (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Su Young [College of Medicine, Jeju National University (Korea, Republic of); Moon, Hyo-Bang [College of Science and Technology, Hanyang University (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Sungkyoon [School of Public Health, Seoul National University (Korea, Republic of); Kho, Young Lim [Department of Health, Environment and Safety, Eulji University (Korea, Republic of); Choi, Kyungho, E-mail: kyungho@snu.ac.kr [School of Public Health, Seoul National University (Korea, Republic of)

    2013-09-01

    Parabens have been used in multiple products including personal care products, pharmaceuticals, and foods for more than 50 years but increasing numbers of studies have raised concerns on their safety. The present study was designed to determine urinary paraben levels among pregnant women and their matching newborn infants (< 48 h after delivery), and the association between paraben levels and stress markers. Pregnant women (n = 46) and their matching newborn infants were recruited from four university hospitals located in Seoul, Ansan and Jeju of Korea, 2011. Parabens including methyl paraben (MP), ethyl paraben (EP), n-propyl paraben (PP), and n-butyl paraben (BP) were measured in the urine using an automatic, high throughput online SPE–LC–MS/MS method. Urinary concentrations were normalized with specific gravity (SG). Free cortisol, malondealdehyde (MDA) and 8-hydroxydeoxyguanosine (8-OHdG) were measured in the urine as stress marker. Urinary MP was detected as the highest, and BP was detected as the lowest paraben in the urine samples of both pregnant women and their infants. Significant correlations between paraben concentrations of maternal and their newborn infant's urine were observed. The levels of urinary parabens among Korean pregnant women are comparable to those reported elsewhere, except for EP which were 4–9 folds higher than pregnant women of other countries. The ratios of infant to maternal urinary paraben concentrations varied between 0.5 and 0.6 for MP and PP, but approximately 10 fold lower for EP. Urinary MP or EP levels were associated with several oxidative stress related biomarkers such as urinary 8-OHdG and MDA, even after the adjustment of relevant covariates such as maternal age, mode of delivery, pre-pregnancy BMI, gestational age and parity. This is the first study that reported the levels of major parabens in the first urine of newborn infants. Further studies are warranted to understand the implications of paraben exposure

  4. Cellular and humoral factors involvement in the enhanced NBT reduction by neutrophil leucocytes of newborn infants.

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    Tovo, P A; Ponzone, A

    1977-09-01

    The histochemical NBT test was performed on blood samples from ten healthy newborn infants. High spontaneous NBT reduction has been confirmed for neutrophils and assessed for monocytes. The stimulation of both neutrophils and monocytes with Escherichia coli endotoxin induces a statistically significant increase of NBT positive cells. The reason for the false positive test results in neonates was investigated by incubating neutrophils from adult donors and for different time periods in either neonatal or adult plasma before the addition of NBT. NBT reduction by adult neutrophils was increased after incubation in neonatal plasma, and this increase was related to the concentration of the plasma used. Maximum NBT reduction was observed after 90 min of incubation, at which time the NBT scores of adult cells incubated in neonatal plasma were similar to the results of tests performed on whole neonatal blood. It is concluded that neonatal leucocytes demonstrate efficient spontaneous and stimulated phagocytosis, and that there are, in the plasma of neonates, humoral factors which stimulated phagocytosis by neutrophils and are thus responsible for the false positive NBT test results observed in these subjects.

  5. Economic and health consequences of non-invasive respiratory support in newborn infants: a difference-in-difference analysis using data from the Norwegian patient registry.

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    Kann, Inger Cathrine; Solevåg, Anne Lee

    2014-11-01

    Newborn infants with respiratory failure are often treated with intubation and mechanical ventilation for prolonged periods of time. Our objective was to evaluate whether increasing use of non-invasive respiratory support in newborn infants can improve patient health and reduce costs. We utilized a natural experiment that took place in October 2008 when a large neonatal intensive care unit in Norway moved into a new hospital building with new medical equipment. A change in respiratory support towards increasing use of nasal biphasic positive airway pressure (n-BiPAP) instead of invasive mechanical ventilation treatment followed the acquisition of the new equipment. We used a difference-in-difference method and data from the Norwegian National Patient Registry to assess morbidity, mortality, number of hospital days and hospital costs in our unit following this change. We stratified the results according to gestational age groups. We found a reduction in morbidity including bronchopulmonary dysplasia, retinopathy of prematurity and intraventricular hemorrhage. No change in mortality was found. We found a reduction in number of hospital days and hospital costs for preterm infants with gestational age <28 weeks and for term infants with diagnoses affecting respiration. We conclude that increasing use of n-BiPAP may improve health and reduce costs. However, more research is needed to establish best practice. Comparing hospitals where treatment practices change to hospitals where the same change does not occur may be a useful way to evaluate the efficacy of such a change, especially when hospitals can be studied over time.

  6. [Transcutaneous bilirubin determination in the newborn infant. Recommendations of the Swiss Neonatology Group].

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    Heick, C; Mieth, D; Fallenstein, F; Schubiger, G; Nars, P W; Amato, M

    1982-01-01

    The clinical usefulness of transcutaneous bilirubinometry with the Minolta-Air Shield bilirubinometer was evaluated at four obstetrical neonatology units (Basle, Berne, Lucerne and Zurich). Transcutaneous bilirubin (TcB), expressed as bilirubin index, was compared with simultaneous serum bilirubin estimations in healthy Caucasians babies born at term with a birth weight of more than 2500 g. TcB measured over the forehead: 926 determinations in 629 newborns. TcB measured over the sternum: 404 estimations in 260 newborns. TcB estimations over the sternum produced a closer correlation (r = 0.93) with serum bilirubin than estimations over the forehead (r = 0.81). Mean serum bilirubin value as well as the corresponding 5th and 95th percentiles were calculated for each TcB index. From the data obtained the following practical conclusions can be drawn: TcB estimations are reliable for giving the indication to perform serum bilirubin determinations. In patients with risk factors for kernikterus serum bilirubin should be determined at a TcB index of greater than or equal to 18, in babies without risk factors at a TcB index of greater than or equal to 21.

  7. Comparison of the effect of topical application of human milk and dry cord care on the bacterial colonization of umbilical cord in newborn infants

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    Fatemeh Abbaszadeh

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available Background: Breast milk contains significant amounts of compounds that act as natural antimicrobial agents. This study was conducted to compare the effect of topical application of human milk and dry cord care on bacterial colonization in the umbilical cord of newborn infants. Methods: This clinical trial study was carried out on 174 infants in Kashan. The newborns were randomized to mother's milk group and dry cord care group from the birth. In group 1, the mother rubbed her own milk on the cord stump every 12 hours from 3 hours after birth to 2 days after the umbilical cord separation. In group 2, the mother was recommended not to use any material on the cord. Then, the cord samples were taken four times; 3hours after birth, at days 3 and 7, and 2 days after the umbilical cord separation. Results: The findings of the culture two days after umbilical cord separation indicated that low percentage of neonates in the breast milk (23.1% and dry cord care (28.8% groups had bacterial colonization. Moreover, no significant difference was found between the two groups in terms of growth of pathogenic organisms and normal flora of the skin (P>0.05. Conclusion: Given the low prevalence of pathogenic microorganisms in the two groups, it seems using breast milk and dry cord care are equally effective methods of taking care of umbilical cord.

  8. Transporting newborn infants with suspected duct dependent congenital heart disease on low‐dose prostaglandin E1 without routine mechanical ventilation

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    Carmo, Kathryn A Browning; Barr, Peter; West, Maureen; Hopper, Neil W; White, Jennifer P; Badawi, Nadia

    2007-01-01

    Aim To evaluate the safety of transporting newborn infants with suspected duct dependent congenital heart disease (CHD) treated with prostaglandin E1 (PGE1) without routine mechanical ventilation. Methods A retrospective population‐based audit of newborn infants with suspected CHD transported on PGE1 by the New South Wales newborn and paediatric Transport Service from 1995 through 2005. Results Mechanical ventilation was not used prior to treatment with PGE1 in 94 (31%) of the 300 infants. The indications for mechanical ventilation in the remaining 206 infants (69%) included elective mechanical ventilation because of the intention to use PGE1 (n  =  125) and severe hypoxaemia, acidosis or cardiorespiratory failure prior to commencing PGE1 (n  =  81). 16 (17%) of the 94 infants who were not ventilated initially required mechanical ventilation before transport because of apnoea, which developed within one hour of commencing PGE1. 2 (2.6%) of the 78 infants transported without mechanical ventilation developed apnoea in transit and both were receiving ⩾15 ng/kg/min of PGE1. Apnoea was more likely to occur in non‐ventilated infants when the PGE1 infusion rate was ⩾15 ng/kg/min compared with Newborn infants with suspected duct dependent CHD treated with low dose PGE1 (mechanical ventilation for safe transport. PMID:16905574

  9. Transporting newborn infants with suspected duct dependent congenital heart disease on low-dose prostaglandin E1 without routine mechanical ventilation.

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    Browning Carmo, Kathryn A; Barr, Peter; West, Maureen; Hopper, Neil W; White, Jennifer P; Badawi, Nadia

    2007-03-01

    To evaluate the safety of transporting newborn infants with suspected duct dependent congenital heart disease (CHD) treated with prostaglandin E1 (PGE1) without routine mechanical ventilation. A retrospective population-based audit of newborn infants with suspected CHD transported on PGE1 by the New South Wales newborn and paediatric Transport Service from 1995 through 2005. Mechanical ventilation was not used prior to treatment with PGE1 in 94 (31%) of the 300 infants. The indications for mechanical ventilation in the remaining 206 infants (69%) included elective mechanical ventilation because of the intention to use PGE1 (n = 125) and severe hypoxaemia, acidosis or cardiorespiratory failure prior to commencing PGE1 (n = 81). 16 (17%) of the 94 infants who were not ventilated initially required mechanical ventilation before transport because of apnoea, which developed within one hour of commencing PGE1. 2 (2.6%) of the 78 infants transported without mechanical ventilation developed apnoea in transit and both were receiving >or=15 ng/kg/min of PGE1. Apnoea was more likely to occur in non-ventilated infants when the PGE1 infusion rate was >or=15 ng/kg/min compared with Newborn infants with suspected duct dependent CHD treated with low dose PGE1 (mechanical ventilation for safe transport.

  10. Transient hyperechogenicity of the renal medullary pyramids: incidence in the healthy term newborn.

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    Khoory, B J; Andreis, I A; Vino, L; Fanos, V

    1999-01-01

    A screening program was performed on 1881 clinically healthy term newborns, aimed at detecting eventual pathological conditions not diagnosed during pregnancy. Seventy-three cases of transient hyperechogenicity of the renal medullary pyramids were observed, involving one or both kidneys with either sectorial or diffuse pattern. None of the neonates examined had evidence of renal dysfunction and follow-up ultrasound scans demonstrated complete resolution of the sonographic picture. Medullary hyperechogenicity is not rare in healthy term newborns (3.9%); it presents rapid resolution and should be considered in differential diagnosis of pathological conditions.

  11. Cup feeding versus other forms of supplemental enteral feeding for newborn infants unable to fully breastfeed.

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    Flint, Anndrea; New, Karen; Davies, Mark W

    2016-08-31

    Breast milk provides optimal nutrition for term and preterm infants, and the ideal way for infants to receive breast milk is through suckling at the breast. Unfortunately, this may not always be possible for medical or physiological reasons such as being born sick or preterm and as a result requiring supplemental feeding. Currently, there are various ways in which infants can receive supplemental feeds. Traditionally in neonatal and maternity units, bottles and nasogastric tubes have been used; however, cup feeding is becoming increasingly popular as a means of offering supplemental feeds in an attempt to improve breastfeeding rates. There is no consistency to guide the choice of method for supplemental feeding. To determine the effects of cup feeding versus other forms of supplemental enteral feeding on weight gain and achievement of successful breastfeeding in term and preterm infants who are unable to fully breastfeed. We used the standard search strategy of the Cochrane Neonatal Review group to search the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL 2016, Issue 1), MEDLINE via PubMed (1966 to 31 January 2016), Embase (1980 to 31 January 2016), and CINAHL (1982 to 31 January 2016). We also searched clinical trials' databases, conference proceedings, and the reference lists of retrieved articles for randomised controlled trials and quasi-randomised trials. Randomised or quasi-randomised controlled trials comparing cup feeding to other forms of enteral feeding for the supplementation of term and preterm infants. Data collection and analysis was performed in accordance with the methods of Cochrane Neonatal. We used the GRADE approach to assess the quality of evidence.The review authors independently conducted quality assessments and data extraction for included trials. Outcomes reported from these studies were: weight gain; proportion not breastfeeding at hospital discharge; proportion not feeding at three months of age; proportion not feeding at six

  12. Treatment of Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn: Use of Pulmonary Vasodilators in Term Neonates.

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    Luecke, Caitlyn; McPherson, Christopher

    2017-05-01

    Persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN) represents a challenging condition associated with significant morbidity. A successful transition from intrauterine to extrauterine life is contingent on adequate pulmonary vasodilation. Several pathophysiologies contribute to the failure of this cascade and may result in life-threatening hypoxia and acidosis in the newborn. Management includes optimal respiratory support, adequate sedation and analgesia, and support of vascular tone and cardiac function. Pulmonary vasodilation has the potential to overcome the cycle of hypoxia and acidosis, improving outcome in these infants. Oxygen and inhaled nitric oxide represent the foundation of therapy. Tertiary pulmonary vasodilators represent a greater challenge, selecting between therapies that include prostanoids, sildenafil, and milrinone. Variable levels of evidence exist for each agent. Thorough review of available data informing efficacy and adverse effects contributes to the development of an informed approach to neonates with refractory PPHN.

  13. Pharmacokinetic-pharmacodynamic model for gentamicin and its adaptive resistance with predictions of dosing schedules in newborn infants.

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    Mohamed, Ami F; Nielsen, Elisabet I; Cars, Otto; Friberg, Lena E

    2012-01-01

    Gentamicin is commonly used in the management of neonatal infections. Development of adaptive resistance is typical for aminoglycosides and reduces the antibacterial effect. There is, however, a lack of understanding of how this phenomenon influences the effect of different dosing schedules. The aim was to develop a pharmacokinetic-pharmacodynamic (PKPD) model that describes the time course of the bactericidal activity of gentamicin and its adaptive resistance and to investigate different dosing schedules in preterm and term newborn infants based on the developed model. In vitro time-kill curve experiments were conducted on a strain of Escherichia coli (MIC of 2 mg/liter). The gentamicin exposure was either constant (0.125 to 16 mg/liter) or dynamic (simulated concentration-time profiles in a kinetic system with peak concentrations of 2.0, 3.9, 7.8, and 16 mg/liter given as single doses or as repeated doses every 6, 12, or 24 h). Semimechanistic PKPD models were fitted to the bacterial counts in the NONMEM (nonlinear mixed effects modeling) program. A model with compartments for growing and resting bacteria, with a function allowing the maximal bacterial killing of gentamicin to reduce with exposure, characterized both the fast bactericidal effect and the adaptive resistance. Despite a lower peak concentration, preterm neonates were predicted to have a higher bacterial killing effect than term neonates for the same per-kg dose because of gentamicin's longer half-life. The model supported an extended dosing interval of gentamicin in preterm neonates, and for all neonates, dosing intervals of 36 to 48 h were as effective as a 24-h dosing interval for the same total dose.

  14. Risk stratification model to detect early pulmonary disease in infants with cystic fibrosis diagnosed by newborn screening.

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    Britton, Lacrecia J; Oates, Gabriela R; Oster, Robert A; Self, Staci T; Troxler, Robert B; Hoover, Wynton C; Gutierrez, Hector H; Harris, William T

    2016-11-01

    The clinical benefit of newborn screening (NBS) for cystic fibrosis (CF) has been primarily nutritional, with less overt respiratory impact. Identification of risk factors for infant CF lung disease could facilitate targeted interventions to improve pulmonary outcomes. This retrospective study evaluated socioeconomic information, clinical data, and results from routine infant pulmonary function testing (iPFT) of infants diagnosed with CF through NBS (N = 43) at a single CF center over a 4-year period (2008-2012). A five-item composite clinical score was developed and combined with socioeconomic indicators to facilitate identification of CF infants at increased risk of early-onset respiratory impairment. Paternal education was positively associated with lung function (P = 0.02). Clinical score disease. Forced expiratory volume (FEV0.5 %, mean ± SD) averaged 115 ± 19% in the low-risk group, 97 ± 17% in the intermediate-risk group, and 90 ± 8% in the high-risk group (P disease as quantified by iPFT. Our model showed significant differences in infant pulmonary function across risk groups. The developed tool offers an easily available, inexpensive, and non-invasive way to assess risk of respiratory decline in CF infants and identify those meriting targeted therapeutic attention. Pediatr Pulmonol. 2016;51:1168-1176. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  15. Exogenous Attention Influences Visual Short-Term Memory in Infants

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    Ross-Sheehy, Shannon; Oakes, Lisa M.; Luck, Steven J.

    2011-01-01

    Two experiments examined the hypothesis that developing visual attentional mechanisms influence infants' Visual Short-Term Memory (VSTM) in the context of multiple items. Five- and 10-month-old infants (N = 76) received a change detection task in which arrays of three differently colored squares appeared and disappeared. On each trial one square…

  16. Delay in Retinal Photoreceptor Development in Very Preterm Compared to Term Infants

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    Vajzovic, Lejla; Rothman, Adam L.; Tran-Viet, Du; Cabrera, Michelle T.; Freedman, Sharon F.; Toth, Cynthia A.

    2015-01-01

    Photoreceptor development in very preterm infants appears delayed when compared to term infants, suggesting photoreceptor immaturity in premature infants. Delayed maturation of photoreceptors could contribute to differences in visual function in some very preterm infants.

  17. Obstetric interventions and perinatal asphyxia in growth retarded term infants

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    Langhoff-Roos, J; Lindmark, G

    1997-01-01

    -fold (6-8%) for growth retarded infants both in SGA infants in general and infants with asymmetric body proportions. The immediate perinatal outcome, however, was favorable with Apgar below 8 at 5 min in only 2% irrespective of the type of growth retardation, in spite of the fact that less than 25......% of the SGA pregnancies and 10% of those with asymmetric fetal growth had been eligible for close antenatal fetal monitoring. CONCLUSION: With a moderate increase in interventions at delivery, perinatal outcome was highly favorable for term infants with a weight for gestational age, weight for length...

  18. Assessing neonatal heat balance and physiological strain in newborn infants nursed under radiant warmers in intensive care with fentanyl sedation.

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    Molgat-Seon, Yannick; Daboval, Thierry; Chou, Shirley; Jay, Ollie

    2014-12-01

    To assess heat balance status of newborn infants nursed under radiant warmers (RWs) during intensive care. Heat balance, thermal status and primary indicators of physiological strain were concurrently measured in 14 newborns nursed under RWs for 105 min. Metabolic heat production (M), evaporative heat loss (E), convective (C) and conductive heat flow (K), rectal temperature (T re) and mean skin temperatures (T sk) were measured continuously. The rate of radiant heat required for heat balance (R req) and the rate of radiant heat provided (R prov) were derived. The rate of body heat storage (S) was calculated using a two-compartment model of 'core' (T re) and 'shell' (T sk) temperatures. Mean M, E, C and K were 10.5 ± 2.7 W, 5.8 ± 1.1 W, 6.2 ± 0.8 W and 0.1 ± 0.1 W, respectively. Mean R prov (1.7 ± 2.6 W) and R req (1.7 ± 2.7 W) were similar (p > 0.05). However, while the resultant mean change in body heat content after 105 min was negligible (-0.1 ± 3.7 kJ), acute time-dependent changes in S were evidenced by a mean positive heat storage component of +6.4 ± 2.6 kJ and a mean negative heat storage component of -6.5 ± 3.7 kJ. Accordingly, large fluctuations in both T re and T sk occurred that were actively induced by changes in RW output. Nonetheless, no active physiological responses (heart rate, breathing frequency and mean arterial pressure) to these bouts of heating and cooling were observed. RWs maintain net heat balance over a prolonged period, but actively induce acute bouts of heat imbalance that cause rapid changes in T re and T sk. Transient bouts of heat storage do not exacerbate physiological strain, but could in the longer term.

  19. Blood pressure values in healthy term newborns at a tertiary health ...

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    Methods: Three hundred and ten healthy appropriate for gestational age term newborns were consecutively recruited. BP measurements were determined using the oscillometric technique with the neonate supine after an appropriate size cuff was applied on the right arm. The monitor (Dinamap 8100) is switched on while ...

  20. A retrospective evaluation of term infants treated with surfactant therapy

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    Özge Sürmeli-Onay

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available Aim: To investigate the clinical and therapeutic characteristics and outcomes of term infants who received surfactant therapy (ST for severe respiratory failure in our neonatal intensive care unit (NICU. Methods: The medical records of term infants (gestational age ≥ 370/7 weeks who received ST between 2003-2012 in NICU of Hacettepe University Ihsan Dogramaci Children’s Hospital were evaluated retrospectively. Results: During ten years period, 32 term infants received ST; the mean gestational age was 38.1 ± 0.88 wk and the mean birth weight was 2,936 ± 665 g. The underlying lung diseases were severe congenital pneumonia (CP in 13 (40.6%, acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS in 5 (15.6%, meconium aspiration syndrome (MAS in 5 (15.6%, congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH in 4 (12.5%, respiratory distress syndrome in 3 (9.4% and pulmonary hemorrhage in 2 (6.3% infants. The median time of the first dose of ST was 7.75 (0.5-216 hours. Pulmonary hypertension accompanied the primary lung disease in 9 (28.1% infants. Mortality rate was 25%. Conclusion: In term infants, CP, ARDS and MAS were the main causes of respiratory failure requiring ST. However, further prospective studies are needed for defining optimal strategies of ST in term infants with respiratory failure.

  1. Bone densitometry by dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA in preterm newborns compared with full-term peers in the first six months of life

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    Virginia S. Quintal

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVES: To longitudinally assess bone mineral content (BMC, bone mineral density (BMD, and whole-body lean mass obtained through bone densitometry by dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA in preterm newborns (PTNs and compare them with full-term newborns (FTNs from birth to 6 months of corrected postnatal age. METHODS: A total of 28 adequate for gestational age (AGA newborns were studied: 14 preterm and 14 full-term newborns. DXA was used to determine BMC, BMD, and lean mass in three moments: 40 weeks corrected post-conceptual age, as well as 3 and 6 months of corrected postnatal age. PTNs had gestational age ≤ 32 weeks at birth and were fed their mother's own milk or milk from the human milk bank. RESULTS: All infants had an increase in BMC, BMD, and lean body mass values during the study. PTNs had lower BMC, BMD, and lean mass at 40 weeks of corrected post-conceptual age in relation to FTNs (p < 0.001, p < 0.001, p = 0.047, respectively. However, there was an acceleration in the mineralization process of PTNs, which was sufficient to achieve the normal values of FTNs at 6 months of corrected age. CONCLUSIONS: This study suggests that bone densitometry by dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry is a good method for the assessment of body composition parameters at baseline, and at the follow-up of these PTNs.

  2. Bone densitometry by dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) in preterm newborns compared with full-term peers in the first six months of life.

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    Quintal, Virginia S; Diniz, Edna M A; Caparbo, Valeria de F; Pereira, Rosa M R

    2014-01-01

    To longitudinally assess bone mineral content (BMC), bone mineral density (BMD), and whole-body lean mass obtained through bone densitometry by dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) in preterm newborns (PTNs) and compare them with full-term newborns (FTNs) from birth to 6 months of corrected postnatal age. A total of 28 adequate for gestational age (AGA) newborns were studied: 14 preterm and 14 full-term newborns. DXA was used to determine BMC, BMD, and lean mass in three moments: 40 weeks corrected post-conceptual age, as well as 3 and 6 months of corrected postnatal age. PTNs had gestational age ≤ 32 weeks at birth and were fed their mother's own milk or milk from the human milk bank. All infants had an increase in BMC, BMD, and lean body mass values during the study. PTNs had lower BMC, BMD, and lean mass at 40 weeks of corrected post-conceptual age in relation to FTNs (psufficient to achieve the normal values of FTNs at 6 months of corrected age. This study suggests that bone densitometry by dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry is a good method for the assessment of body composition parameters at baseline, and at the follow-up of these PTNs. Copyright © 2014 Sociedade Brasileira de Pediatria. Published by Elsevier Editora Ltda. All rights reserved.

  3. [Immunological behavior (IgG, IgM, IgA) and total complement (CH50) of newborns infants with risk factors for early onset sepsis. Comparative analysis of newborns with and without infection].

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    Ceccon, M E; Diníz, E M; Carneiro-Sampaio, M M; Arslanian, C; Diogo, C L; Ramos, J L; Vaz, F A

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    Immunological behavior (IgG, IgM, IgA) and total Complement (CH50) of newborns infants with risk factors for early onset sepsis. Comparative analysis between newborns with and without infection. Rev. Hosp. Clín. Fac. Med. S. Paulo, 53(6): 303-310, 1998. The objective of this study was to verify the immunological behavior of the newborn infant in front of an infection. We studied 60 newborn infants that had risk factors for early onset sepsis (premature rupture membranes, clinic amnionitis or tract urinary infection) from de immunological and infection point of view. They were classified into three gestational age groups: or = 37 weeks. Sepsis diagnosis was done through clinical and laboratorial data and we also included the followings exams: Immunological types (IgG, IgM, IgA) and total complement (CH50) obtained from the newborn at birth and on the fifth day of life. We could verify that 15 newborns (25%) presented early sepsis. There was a statistical association between perinatal asfixia and infection in the group with gestational age < 34 weeks and this same group presented statistical association between infection and death. The serical levels of IgG and CH50 were directly related to the gestational age and there were significant statistical differences between levels of IgG, IgM and total Complement between infected and not infected newborns within the same group os gestional age. We observed that the infection was associated to low levels of IgG and CH50, at birth and on the fifth day, mainly in the group of infected newborns with gestional age < 34 weeks, being this group, therefore, the one that would mostly benefit from an immunological support in front of and infection.

  4. Developmental characteristics of temporal sharp transients in the EEG of normal preterm and term newborns

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    Nunes Magda Lahorgue

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: To describe developmental characteristics, morphological aspects and incidence of temporal sharp transients (TST in normal preterm and term newborns at matched conceptional ages (CA. METHOD: Neonatal EEGs from two groups of normal newborns were evaluated in order to identify and characterize TST. Group I (n=40 consisted of newborns from 34 to 40 weeks of gestational age (GA that were submitted to a single EEG between 24 and 48 hours of life. Group II consisted of 10 preterm newborns with GA between 30-32 weeks, followed with a weekly EEG until they reached term. Morphology of TST was divided in 3 groups (temporal sawtooth, isolated transients or repetitive transients. TST index, density and total number were calculated in each polysomnography and related to sleep stages and CA. Laterality (right/left was also evaluated. The groups were compared at 34, 36, 38 and 40 weeks of CA. RESULTS: TST index and density decreased with the increase of CA in both groups (p<0.0001. The temporal sawtooth feature was registered in both groups only at 34 weeks. Although rare, repetitive and isolated TST were the most prevalent morphology between 36 - 40 weeks CA. Significant intragroup difference was observed in the comparison of TST density in REM and transitional sleep in GI. Moreover, isolated TST morphology was significant higher in GI at 34 weeks when compared to the others CA. No intragroup differences were observed on GII. No significant differences between the groups were observed considering TST number, index, density, morphology or laterality, at the matched CA. CONCLUSION: TST are normal features of neonatal EEG, as they are registered in normal newborns. Its incidence varies accordingly to morphology and they tend to disappear following the increase of CA. Temporal sawtooth appears more often in preterm newborns. Our results suggest that TST index, density and morphology variability may be a function of CA.

  5. The Foundations of Social Cognition: Studies on Face/Voice Integration in Newborn Infants

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    Streri, Arlette; Coulon, Marion; Guellai, Bahia

    2013-01-01

    A series of studies on newborns' abilities for recognizing speaking faces has been performed in order to identify the fundamental cues of social cognition. We used audiovisual dynamic faces rather than photographs or patterns of faces. Direct eye gaze and speech addressed to newborns, in interactive situations, appear to be two good candidates for…

  6. Intersociety policy statement on the use of whole-exome sequencing in the critically ill newborn infant.

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    Borghesi, Alessandro; Mencarelli, Maria Antonietta; Memo, Luigi; Ferrero, Giovanni Battista; Bartuli, Andrea; Genuardi, Maurizio; Stronati, Mauro; Villani, Alberto; Renieri, Alessandra; Corsello, Giovanni

    2017-11-03

    The rapid advancement of next-generation sequencing (NGS) technology and the decrease in costs for whole-exome sequencing (WES) and whole-genome sequening (WGS), has prompted its clinical application in several fields of medicine. Currently, there are no specific guidelines for the use of NGS in the field of neonatal medicine and in the diagnosis of genetic diseases in critically ill newborn infants. As a consequence, NGS may be underused with reduced diagnostic success rate, or overused, with increased costs for the healthcare system. Most genetic diseases may be already expressed during the neonatal age, but their identification may be complicated by nonspecific presentation, especially in the setting of critical clinical conditions. The differential diagnosis process in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) may be time-consuming, uncomfortable for the patient due to repeated sampling, and ineffective in reaching a molecular diagnosis during NICU stay. Serial gene sequencing (Sanger sequencing) may be successful only for conditions for which the clinical phenotype strongly suggests a diagnostic hypothesis and for genetically homogeneous diseases. Newborn screenings with Guthrie cards, which vary from country to country, are designed to only test for a few dozen genetic diseases out of the more than 6000 diseases for which a genetic characterization is available. The use of WES in selected cases in the NICU may overcome these issues. We present an intersociety document that aims to define the best indications for the use of WES in different clinical scenarios in the NICU. We propose that WES is used in the NICU for critically ill newborn infants when an early diagnosis is desirable to guide the clinical management during NICU stay, when a strong hypothesis cannot be formulated based on the clinical phenotype or the disease is genetically heterogeneous, and when specific non-genetic laboratory tests are not available. The use of WES may reduce the time for

  7. Intracranial hemorrhage in full-term newborns: a hospital-based cohort study

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    Brouwer, Annemieke J.; Groenendaal, Floris; Koopman, Corine; Vries, Linda S. de [University Medical Center Utrecht, Department of Neonatology, Wilhelmina Children' s Hospital, PO Box 85090, Utrecht (Netherlands); Nievelstein, Rutger-Jan A. [University Medical Center Utrecht, Department of Radiology, Wilhelmina Children' s Hospital, Utrecht (Netherlands); Han, Sen K. [University Medical Center Utrecht, Department of Neurosurgery, Wilhelmina Children' s Hospital, Utrecht (Netherlands)

    2010-06-15

    In recent years, intracranial hemorrhage (ICH) with parenchymal involvement has been diagnosed more often in full-term neonates due to improved neuroimaging techniques. The aim of this study is to describe clinical and neuroimaging data in the neonatal period and relate imaging findings to outcome in a hospital-based population admitted to a level 3 neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). From our neuroimaging database, we retrospectively retrieved records and images of 53 term infants (1991-2008) in whom an imaging diagnosis of ICH with parenchymal involvement was made. Clinical data, including mode of delivery, clinical manifestations, neurological symptoms, extent and site of hemorrhage, neurosurgical intervention, and neurodevelopmental outcomes, were recorded. Seventeen of the 53 term infants had infratentorial ICH, 20 had supratentorial ICH, and 16 had a combination of the two. Seizures were the most common presenting symptom (71.7%), another ten infants (18.9%) presented with apneic seizures, and five infants had no clinical signs but were admitted to our NICU because of perinatal asphyxia (n = 2), respiratory distress (n = 2), and development of posthemorrhagic ventricular dilatation (n = 1). Continuous amplitude-integrated electroencephalography recordings were performed in all infants. Clinical or subclinical seizures were seen in 48/53 (90.6%) infants; all received anti-epileptic drugs. Thirteen of all 53 (24.5%) infants died. The lowest mortality rate was seen in infants with supratentorial ICH (10%). Three infants with a midline shift required craniotomy, six infants needed a subcutaneous reservoir due to outflow obstruction, and three subsequently required a ventriculoperitoneal shunt. The group with poor outcome (death or developmental quotient (DQ) <85) had a significantly lower 5-min Apgar score (p =.006). Follow-up data were available for 37/40 survivors aged at least 15 months. Patients were assessed with the Griffiths Mental Developmental Scales

  8. Non-invasive gas monitoring in newborn infants using diode laser absorption spectroscopy: a case study

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    Lundin, Patrik; Svanberg, Emilie K.; Cocola, Lorenzo; Lewander, Märta; Andersson-Engels, Stefan; Jahr, John; Fellman, Vineta; Svanberg, Katarina; Svanberg, Sune

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    Non-invasive diode laser spectroscopy was, for the first time, used to assess gas content in the intestines and the lungs of a new-born, 4 kg, baby. Two gases, water vapor and oxygen, were studied with two low-power tunable diode lasers, illuminating the surface skin tissue and detecting the diffusely emerging light a few centimeters away. The light, having penetrated into the tissue, had experienced absorption by gas located in the lungs and in the intestines. Very distinct water vapor signals were obtained from the intestines while imprint from oxygen was lacking, as expected. Detectable, but minor, signals of water vapor were also obtained from the lungs, illuminating the armpit area and detecting below the collar bone. Water vapor signals were seen but again oxygen signals were lacking, now due to the difficulties of penetration of the oxygen probing light into the lungs of this full-term baby. Ultra-sound images were obtained both from the lungs and from the stomach of the baby. Based on dimensions and our experimental findings, we conclude, that for early pre-term babies, also oxygen should be detectable in the lungs, in addition to intestine and lung detection of water vapor. The present paper focuses on the studies of the intestines while the lung studies will be covered in a forthcoming paper.

  9. The Relationship between Levels of Lipids and Lipoprotein B-100 in Maternal Serum and Umbilical Cord Serum and Assessing Their Effects on Newborn Infants Anthropometric Indices

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    Ashraf Ghiasi; Saeideh Ziaei; Soghrat Faghihzadeh

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    Background & aim:  This study aimed to determine the relationship between lipid and apolipoprotein B-100 (apo B-100) levels in maternal and umbilical cord sera as well as the effects of these components on anthropometric measurements of newborn infants. Methods:This correlational study was performed on 85 appropriate for gestational age (AGA) newborns and their mothers. For analysis, 5 ml of maternal blood and 5 ml of umbilical venous cord blood were obtained during labor and immediately a...

  10. Infants long-term memory for complex music

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    Ilari, Beatriz; Polka, Linda; Costa-Giomi, Eugenia

    2002-05-01

    In this study we examined infants' long-term memory for two complex pieces of music. A group of thirty 7.5 month-old infants was exposed daily to one short piano piece (i.e., either the Prelude or the Forlane by Maurice Ravel) for ten consecutive days. Following the 10-day exposure period there was a two-week retention period in which no exposure to the piece occurred. After the retention period, infants were tested on the Headturn Preference Procedure. At test, 8 different excerpts of the familiar piece were mixed with 8 different foil excerpts of the unfamiliar one. Infants showed a significant preference for the familiar piece of music. A control group of fifteen nonexposed infants was also tested and showed no preferences for either piece of music. These results suggest that infants in the exposure group retained the familiar music in their long-term memory. This was demonstrated by their ability to discriminate between the different excerpts of both the familiar and the unfamiliar pieces of music, and by their preference for the familiar piece. Confirming previous findings (Jusczyk and Hohne, 1993; Saffran et al., 2000), in this study we suggest that infants can retain complex pieces of music in their long-term memory for two weeks.

  11. Adjuvant Effect of Bacille Calmette–Guérin on Hepatitis B Vaccine Immunogenicity in the Preterm and Term Newborn

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    Scheid, Annette; Borriello, Francesco; Pietrasanta, Carlo; Christou, Helen; Diray-Arce, Joann; Pettengill, Matthew A.; Joshi, Sweta; Li, Ning; Bergelson, Ilana; Kollmann, Tobias; Dowling, David J.; Levy, Ofer

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    Immunization is key to protecting term and preterm infants from a heightened risk of infection. However, preterm immunity is distinct from that of the term, limiting its ability to effectively respond to vaccines routinely given at birth, such as hepatitis B vaccine (HBV). As part of the Expanded Program on Immunization, HBV is often given together with the live-attenuated vaccine Bacille Calmette–Guérin (BCG), known to activate multiple pattern-recognition receptors. Of note, some clinical studies suggest BCG can enhance efficacy of other vaccines in term newborns. However, little is known about whether BCG can shape Th-polarizing cytokine responses to HBV nor the age-dependency of such effects, including whether they may extend to the preterm. To characterize the effects of BCG on HBV immunogenicity, we studied individual and combined administration of these vaccines to cord newborn and adult human whole blood and mononuclear cells in vitro and to neonatal and adult mice in vivo. Compared to either BCG or HBV alone, (BCG + HBV) synergistically enhanced in vitro whole blood production of IL-1β, while (BCG + HBV) also promoted production of several cytokines/chemokines in all age groups, age-specific enhancement included IL-12p70 in the preterm and GM-CSF in the preterm and term. In human mononuclear cells, (BCG + HBV) enhanced mRNA expression of several genes including CSF2, which contributed to clustering of genes by vaccine treatment via principle component analysis. To assess the impact of BCG on HBV immunization, mice of three different age groups were immunized subcutaneously with, BCG, HBV, (BCG + HBV) into the same site; or BCG and HBV injected into separate sites. Whether injected into a separate site or at the same site, co-administration of BCG with HBV significantly enhanced anti-HBV IgG titers in mice immunized on day of life-0 or -7, respectively, but not in adult mice. In summary, our data demonstrate that innate and adaptive

  12. Leukocyte recruitment in preterm and term infants.

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    Karenberg, Katinka; Hudalla, Hannes; Frommhold, David

    2016-12-01

    Impaired cellular innate immune defense accounts for susceptibility to sepsis and its high morbidity and mortality in preterm infants. Leukocyte recruitment is an integral part of the cellular immune response and follows a well-defined cascade of events from rolling of leukocytes along the endothelium to firm adhesion and finally transmigration which is concerted by a variety of adhesion molecules. Recent analytical advances such as fetal intravital microscopy have granted new insights into ontogenetic regulation and maturation of fetal immune cell recruitment. Understanding the fetal innate immune system is essential for targeted prevention and therapy of premature infants with severe infections or disorders of the immune system. This review gives an overview of the basic principles of leukocyte recruitment, particularly neutrophil trafficking, and its development during early life and highlights technical limitations to our current knowledge.

  13. Statistical modeling of the mother-baby system in newborn infants with cerebral ischemia

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    A. V. Filonenko

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The statistical model could consider the influence of specific maternal psychoemotional and personality factors on a newborn with cerebral ischemia and develop a procedure to prevent negative consequences of postpartum depression in the mother-baby system.

  14. Visual fixation in human newborns correlates with extensive white matter networks and predicts long-term neurocognitive development.

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    Stjerna, Susanna; Sairanen, Viljami; Gröhn, Riitta; Andersson, Sture; Metsäranta, Marjo; Lano, Aulikki; Vanhatalo, Sampsa

    2015-03-25

    Infants are well known to seek eye contact, and they prefer to fixate on developmentally meaningful objects, such as the human face. It is also known, that visual abilities are important for the developmental cascades of cognition from later infancy to childhood. It is less understood, however, whether newborn visual abilities relate to later cognitive development, and whether newborn ability for visual fixation can be assigned to early microstructural maturation. Here, we investigate relationship between newborn visual fixation (VF) and gaze behavior (GB) to performance in visuomotor and visual reasoning tasks in two cohorts with cognitive follow-up at 2 (n = 57) and 5 (n = 1410) years of age. We also analyzed brain microstructural correlates to VF (n = 45) by voxel-based analysis of fractional anisotropy (FA) in newborn diffusion tensor imaging. Our results show that newborn VF is significantly related to visual-motor performance at both 2 and 5 years, as well as to visual reasoning at 5 years of age. Moreover, good newborn VF relates to widely increased FA levels across the white matter. Comparison to motor performance indicated that early VF is preferentially related to visuocognitive development, and that early motor performance relates neither to white matter integrity nor to visuocognitive development. The present findings suggest that newborn VF is supported by brainwide subcortical networks and it represents an early building block for the developmental cascades of cognition. Copyright © 2015 the authors 0270-6474/15/354824-06$15.00/0.

  15. Transcutaneous bilirubin nomogram for predicting neonatal hyperbilirubinemia in healthy term and late-preterm Chinese infants.

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    Yu, Zhang-Bin; Dong, Xiao-Yue; Han, Shu-Ping; Chen, Yu-Lin; Qiu, Yu-Fang; Sha, Li; Sun, Qing; Guo, Xi-Rong

    2011-02-01

    Identifying infants that will develop significant hyperbilirubinemia with the risk of kernicterus, and planning appropriate follow-up strategies, is particularly challenging. In this study, 36,921 transcutaneous bilirubin (TcB) measurements were obtained from 6,035 healthy neonates (gestational age ≥ 35 weeks and birth weight ≥ 2,000 g) between January 1 and December 31, 2009. All measurements were performed with the JM-103 bilirubinometer at designated times between 0 and 168 postnatal hours. TcB percentiles were calculated and used to develop an hour-specific nomogram. The rate of increase in TcB was higher during the first 72 h of age, after which levels declined to a plateau by 72-108 h of age. We constructed a TcB nomogram by using the 40th, 75th, and 95th percentile values of TcB for every 12 h of the studied interval. The 75th percentile curve of the nomogram may be an ideal cutoff point for intensive follow-up of the neonate for hyperbilirubinemia as it carries very high sensitivity (78.7%) and negative predictive value (98.5%). The specificity (45.7%) and positive predictive value (15.5%) decreased to reach their lowest levels at the 40th percentile. Of the neonates in the high-risk zone, 167 (48.8%) infants had persistent subsequent hyperbilirubinemia post-discharge, compared with 292 (27.0%) infants in the high-intermediate-risk zone at discharge. One-hundred and seventeen (5.5%) infants in the low-intermediate-risk zone moved into the high-risk zone during follow-up. No newborn infants in the low-risk zone became high-risk during follow-up. We provide an hour-specific TcB nomogram to predict neonatal hyperbilirubinemia in healthy term and late-preterm Chinese infants.

  16. Parents perceptions of withdrawal of life support treatment to newborn infants.

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    Goggin, Mary

    2012-02-01

    The decision to withdraw life support challenges health care professionals and parents. Parents need to fulfil their role as parents, part of which involves difficult decision making. They desire to fully understand the care of their infant in order to help in this process. Parents work to a different time frame than health care professionals and therefore require detailed information and support to make decisions. Available approaches to care need to address ethical decisions regarding treatment, pain and suffering, quality of life and decisions to move from active to palliative care. Communication requires an investment of time, repeated discussions and a compassionate approach by health care professionals to educate parents in order for them to make an informed decision. Follow-on care to help parents come to terms with the decisions they have made is a requirement of good practice. Copyright © 2011. Published by Elsevier Ireland Ltd.

  17. Frequency of high-quality communication behaviors used by primary care providers of heterozygous infants after newborn screening.

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    Farrell, Michael H; Christopher, Stephanie A

    2013-02-01

    To examine the quality of communication likely to be experienced by parents when being first informed about how newborn screening identified heterozygous "carrier" status for cystic fibrosis or sickle cell disease. Primary care providers (PCPs) of infants found to have carrier status were telephoned over a 48-month period, and asked to rehearse with a standardized patient how they would inform the infants' parent(s). 214 rehearsal transcripts were abstracted using explicit criteria methods to measure the frequency of five categories of high-quality communication behaviors. Overall, PCPs used large amounts of jargon and failed to use high quality communication behaviors. On average, PCPs used 18.6 total jargon words (8.7 unique words), but explained 2.4 jargon words. The most frequent assessment of understanding was the close-ended version, although it was only seen in 129 of 214 transcripts. The most common organizing behavior was importance emphasis (121/214). Precautionary empathy was rare; the most frequent behavior was "instruction about emotion" (33/214). The limited use of high-quality communication behaviors in rehearsals raises concern about parental understanding, decision-making, and psychosocial outcomes after newborn screening. Measurement of specific behaviors may help PCPs to improve communication, and thereby improve the patient experience. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

  18. Identifying maternal and infant factors associated with newborn size in rural Bangladesh by partial least squares (PLS) regression analysis.

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    Kabir, Alamgir; Rahman, Md Jahanur; Shamim, Abu Ahmed; Klemm, Rolf D W; Labrique, Alain B; Rashid, Mahbubur; Christian, Parul; West, Keith P

    2017-01-01

    Birth weight, length and circumferences of the head, chest and arm are key measures of newborn size and health in developing countries. We assessed maternal socio-demographic factors associated with multiple measures of newborn size in a large rural population in Bangladesh using partial least squares (PLS) regression method. PLS regression, combining features from principal component analysis and multiple linear regression, is a multivariate technique with an ability to handle multicollinearity while simultaneously handling multiple dependent variables. We analyzed maternal and infant data from singletons (n = 14,506) born during a double-masked, cluster-randomized, placebo-controlled maternal vitamin A or β-carotene supplementation trial in rural northwest Bangladesh. PLS regression results identified numerous maternal factors (parity, age, early pregnancy MUAC, living standard index, years of education, number of antenatal care visits, preterm delivery and infant sex) significantly (pregression was found to be more parsimonious than both ordinary least squares regression and principal component regression. It also provided more stable estimates than the ordinary least squares regression and provided the effect measure of the covariates with greater accuracy as it accounts for the correlation among the covariates and outcomes. Therefore, PLS regression is recommended when either there are multiple outcome measurements in the same study, or the covariates are correlated, or both situations exist in a dataset.

  19. A proposed new international convention supporting the rights of pregnant women and girls and their newborn infants.

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    Winrow, Benjamin; Bile, Khalif; Hafeez, Assad; Davies, Hugh; Brown, Nick; Zafar, Shamsa; Cham, Mamady; Phillips, Barbara; MacDonald, Rhona; Southall, David P

    2012-05-01

    For a multitude of eminently modifiable reasons, death rates for pregnant women and girls and their newborn infants in poorly resourced countries remain unacceptably high. The concomitant high morbidity rates compound the situation. The rights of these vulnerable individuals are incompletely protected by existing United Nations human rights conventions, which many countries have failed to implement. The authors propose a novel approach grounded on both human rights and robust evidence-based clinical guidelines to create a 'human rights convention specifically for pregnant women and girls and their newborn infants'. The approach targets the 'right to health' of these large, vulnerable and neglected populations. The proposed convention is designed so that it can be monitored, audited and evaluated objectively. It should also foster a sense of national ownership and accountability as it is designed to be relevant to local situations and to be incorporated into local clinical governance systems. It may be of particular value to those countries that are not yet on target to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), especially MDGs 4 and 5, which target child and maternal mortality, respectively. To foster a sense of international responsibility, two additional initiatives are integral to its philosophy: the promotion of twinning between well and poorly resourced regions and a raising of awareness of how some well-resourced countries can damage the health of mothers and babies, for example, through the recruitment of health workers trained by national governments and taken from the public health system.

  20. Comparison between two different modes of non-invasive ventilatory support in preterm newborn infants with respiratory distress syndrome mild to moderate: preliminary data

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    F. Ciuffini

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    Full Text Available Despite of improved survival of premature infants, the incidence of long term pulmonary complications, mostly associated with ventilation-induced lung injury, remains high. Non invasive ventilation (NIV is able to reduce the adverse effects of mechanical ventilation. Although nasal continuous positive airway pressure (NCPAP is an effective mode of NIV, traumatic nasal complications and intolerance of the nasal interface are common. Recently high flow nasal cannula (HFNC is emerging as a better tolerated form of NIV, allowing better access to the baby’s face, which may improve nursing, feeding and bonding. HFNC may be effective in the treatment of some neonatal respiratory conditions while being more user-friendly for care-givers than conventional NCPAP. Limited evidence is available to support the specific role, efficacy and safety of HFNC in newborns and to demonstrate efficacy compared with NCPAP; some studies suggest a potential role for HFNC in respiratory care of the neonate as a distinct non invasive ventilatory support. We present the preliminary data of a randomized clinical trial; the aim of this study was to assess efficacy and safety of HFNC compared to NCPAP in preterm newborns with mild to moderate respiratory distress syndrome (RDS.

  1. The effect of improved compliance with hygiene guidelines on transmission of Staphylococcus aureus to newborn infants: the Swedish Hygiene Intervention and Transmission of S aureus study.

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    Mernelius, Sara; Löfgren, Sture; Lindgren, Per-Eric; Blomberg, Marie; Olhager, Elisabeth; Gunnervik, Christina; Lenrick, Raymond; Thrane, Malena Tiefenthal; Isaksson, Barbro; Matussek, Andreas

    2013-07-01

    Newborn infants are often colonized with Staphylococcus aureus originating from health care workers (HCWs). We therefore use colonization with S aureus of newborn infants to determine the effect of an improved compliance with hygiene guidelines on bacterial transmission. Compliance with hygiene guidelines was monitored prior to (baseline) and after (follow-up) a multimodal hygiene intervention in 4 departments of obstetrics and gynecology. spa typing was used to elucidate transmission routes of S aureus collected from newborn infants, mothers, fathers, staff members, and environment. The compliance with hygiene guidelines increased significantly from baseline to follow-up. The transmission of S aureus from HCWs to infants was however not affected. Fathers had the highest colonization rates. Persistent carriage was indicated in 18% of the HCWs. The most commonly isolated spa type was t084, which was not detected in a previous study from the same geographic area. It is possible to substantially improve the compliance with hygiene guidelines, by using multimodal hygiene intervention. The improved compliance did not decrease the transmission of S aureus from sources outside the own family to newborn infants. Furthermore, we show the establishment of a new spa type (t084), which now is very common in our region. Copyright © 2013 Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc. Published by Mosby, Inc. All rights reserved.

  2. Lutein-fortified infant formula fed to healthy term infants: evaluation of growth effects and safety

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    Davis Anne M

    2010-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background/Objectives Breast milk contains lutein derived from the mother's diet. This carotenoid is currently not added to infant formula, which has a small and variable lutein content from innate ingredients. This study was conducted to compare the growth of infants fed lutein-fortified infant formula with that of infants fed infant formula without lutein fortification. Subjects/Methods This 16-week study was prospective, randomized, controlled, and double-blind with parallel groups of healthy term infants fed either control formula (Wyeth S-26 Gold, designated as Gold or experimental formula (Wyeth S-26 Gold fortified with lutein at 200 mcg/l, designated as Gold + Lutein. Two hundred thirty-two (232 infants ≤ 14 days postnatal age were randomized and 220 (94.8% completed the study. Weight (g, head circumference (cm, and length (cm were measured at Weeks 4, 8, 12, and 16. The primary endpoint was weight gain (g/day from baseline to Week 16. Safety was assessed through monitoring of study events (SEs throughout the study and evaluation of selected blood chemistry tests performed at Week 16. Results Infants in both treatment groups demonstrated appropriate growth. No differences between treatment groups were found in any of the measures of growth at any of the measurement time points. Both study formulas were well tolerated. The mean values of all measured blood chemistry parameters fell within the modified normal ranges for infants, and the values for both groups for any measured parameter were similar. Conclusions Infants fed lutein-fortified S-26 Gold demonstrated growth equivalent to that of infants fed unfortified lutein formula.

  3. Rates of acquisition of pneumococcal colonization and transmission probabilities, by serotype, among newborn infants in Kilifi District, Kenya.

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    Tigoi, Caroline C; Gatakaa, Hellen; Karani, Angela; Mugo, Daisy; Kungu, Stella; Wanjiru, Eva; Jomo, Jane; Musyimi, Robert; Ojal, John; Glass, Nina E; Abdullahi, Osman; Scott, J Anthony G

    2012-07-01

    Herd protection and serotype replacement disease following introduction of pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV) are attributable to the vaccine's impact on colonization. Prior to vaccine introduction in Kenya, we did an epidemiological study to estimate the rate of pneumococcal acquisition, by serotype, in an uncolonized population. Nasopharyngeal swab specimens were taken from newborns aged ≤ 7 days and weekly thereafter for 13 weeks. Parents, and siblings aged <10 years, were swabbed at monthly intervals. Swabs were transported in skim milk-tryptone-glucose-glycerin and cultured on gentamicin blood agar. Pneumococci were serotyped by the Quellung reaction. We used survival analysis and Cox regression analysis to examine serotype-specific acquisition rates and risk factors and calculated transmission probabilities from the pattern of acquisitions within the family. Of 1404 infants recruited, 887 were colonized by 3 months of age, with the earliest acquisition detected on the first day of life. The median time to acquisition was 38.5 days. The pneumococcal acquisition rate was 0.0189 acquisitions/day (95% confidence interval, .0177-.0202 acquisitions/day). Serotype-specific acquisition rates varied from 0.00002-0.0025 acquisitions/day among 49 different serotypes. Season, coryza, and exposure to cigarettes, cooking fumes, and other children in the home were each significant risk factors for acquisition. The transmission probability per 30-day duration of contact with a carrier was 0.23 (95% CI, .20-.26). Newborn infants in Kilifi have high rates of nasopharyngeal acquisition of pneumococci. Half of these acquisitions involve serotypes not included in any current vaccine. Several risk factors are modifiable through intervention. Newborns represent a consistent population of pneumococcus-naive individuals in which to estimate the impact of PCV on transmission.

  4. Impaired autoregulation of cerebral blood flow in the distressed newborn infant

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    Lou, H C; Lassen, N A; Friis-Hansen, B

    1979-01-01

    Cerebral blood flow was measured, using the 133Xe clearance technique, a few hours after birth in 19 infants with varying degrees of respiratory distress syndrome. Ten of these infants had had asphyxia at birth. The least affected infants with normotension (systolic blood pressure 60 to 65 mm Hg......) had CBF values of about 40 ml/100 gm/minute. Hypotensive infants with asphyxia at birth or RDS or both had values for CBF of about 20 ml/100 gm/minute, or less. CBF was strongly correlated with the arterial blood pressure, showing a linear relationship that was identical in infants with asphyxia...... at birth and infants with RDS only. CBF varied considerably with spontaneous variations in blood pressure, suggesting that autoregulation was lacking. This finding may explain why distressed premature infants are prone to develop massive capillary bleeding in the germinal layer with penetration...

  5. Pathological jaundice in full-term newborns and Gilbert’s syndrome

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    Danijela Furlan

    2011-03-01

    Full Text Available Background: In the course of our research on polymorphism in the UGT1A1 gene of healthy full-term newborns, we studied the relationship between pathological jaundice and the newborn’s genotype. The latter could be one of the risk factors for hyperbilirubinemia. The possibility of a pharmacogenetic approach for treating individuals with Gilbert’s syndrome was investigated since the polymorphism may influence the toxic metabolism of certain therapeutic drugs. Methods: Blood was collected from 185 healthy full-term newborns, born in May 2009, on the third day of life. Bilirubin was measured according to the Jendrassik-Grof method and all samples were genotyped (dHPLC method. ANOVA, χ2–test and t – test were used for statistical analysis. Results: A significant association of genotype with bilirubin levels was observed (p< 0.001, the highest bilirubin level occurring with the genotype (TA7/7, characteristic of Gilbert ‘s syndrome; 68 of the 185 newborns had pathological jaundice; 20 cases were so severe that they needed phototherapy during hospitalization. Differences in bilirubin levels between the groups with clinical characteristics of jaundice were statistically significant (physiological / pathological (p< 0.001 and irradiated / nonirradiated (p = 0,034. The genotype (TA7/7 was significantly more frequent in the group with pathological jaundice than in the group with physiological jaundice (p = 0,028. The results confirm that Gilbert’s syndrome can be one of the factors contributing to pathological jaundice in healthy full-term newborns. polymorphism in the UGT1A1 gene of healthy full-term newborns, we studied the relationship between pathological jaundice and the newborn’s genotype. The latter could be one of the risk factors for hyperbilirubinemia. The possibility of a pharmacogenetic approach for treating individuals with Gilbert’s syndrome was investigated since the polymorphism may influence the toxic metabolism of certain

  6. Postpartum CT examination of the heads of full term infants

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    Ludwig, B.; Brand, M.; Brockerhoff, P.

    1980-11-01

    Intracranial hemorrhage and decreased density of the cerebral parenchyma were the major findings on CT of 150 full term newborns in the first week of life. Clinically silent hemorrhage was rare. All neonates with severe intracranial bleeding had neurological abnormalities. A correlation was not found between hemorrhage and the mode of delivery. The site of hemorrhage has an important bearing on brain development. Periventricular hypodensity is an ambiguous finding which should be interpreted in conjunction with the clinical findings.

  7. The drug epidemic: effects on newborn infants and health resource consumption at a tertiary perinatal centre.

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    Kelly, J J; Davis, P G; Henschke, P N

    2000-06-01

    Illicit drug taking in Australia, with its attendant social and medical consequences, is increasing and the effects extend to maternity hospitals where infants born to addicted mothers have more health problems in the neonatal period. The aims of this study were to evaluate (1) the patterns of illness of such infants and (2) the burden imposed on the neonatal department of a large tertiary maternity centre. An audit was conducted of all Chemical Dependency Unit (CDU) mothers and babies delivered at the Royal Women's Hospital, Melbourne, Australia during 1997. Data were compared with those from a concurrent control group of mothers and babies randomly generated from the hospital's obstetric database. Ninety-six infants born to CDU mothers were compared with a control group of 200 infant/mother pairs. The majority of women in the CDU clinic were treated for narcotic addiction with methadone (90%) but most continued to use heroin during pregnancy (68%). Infants born to CDU mothers were significantly less mature and lighter than control infants. Fifty-three (55%) CDU infants required admission to the Special Care Nursery either because of neonatal abstinence syndrome (n = 29) or other medical reasons (n = 24). The median length of hospital stay was significantly longer in CDU compared with control infants (8 vs 3 days, P drug dependent mothers have more neonatal problems requiring specialized medical and nursing expertise, compared with control infants. These infants are large consumers of scarce health resources.

  8. HEART RHYTHM DISORDERS IN NEW-BORNS AND INFANTS: CLINICAL COURSE AND PERINATAL RISK FACTORS OF ARRHYTHMIAS APPEARANCE

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    I. A. Kovalyov

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Clinical course, prognosis and mechanisms of separate forms of heart rhythm disorders in children differ from those in adults. Especially, it refers to new-borns and infants whose conduction system differs by functional and morphologic immaturity. In connection with it, the assessment of natural history of heart rhythm disorders, occurred in a perinatal period, and determination of risk factors of arrhythmia appearance in infants are of some interest. 88 newborns took part in the study. The patients were involved by continuous sampling technique. Risk factors, occurred in a perinatal period and potentially influenced on development of heart rhythm disorders, were assessed. In our study we took biological, gynecologic and obstetric history, data of gestation and delivery course, early and late neonatal period, early infancy, Echo, neurosonography, Holter monitoring with determination of heart rhythm variability, and determined thyroid hormonal status. Maximum specific gravity had extrasystoles – 32.4% – in the structure of idiopathic arrhythmias in infants. Heart rhythm disorders with natural history were kept at six months of life only in 5,4% of children. Persistence of arrhythmias was marked during one year only for WPW syndrome. Heart rhythm disorders are often marked significantly in children whose mothers had acute respiratory disease during the pregnancy, or if the children were born from the first pregnancy, had the signs of central nervous system damage syndromes in an early perinatal period (arrest, intracranial hypertension, convulsive disorder. Disorders of autonomic imbalance of cardiac function and peculiarities of hemodynamics of pulmonary circulation contribute significantly into appearance and persistence of all types of arrhythmias. On the whole, the prognosis of heart rhythm disorders, occurred in the perinatal period, without organic and structural changes of myocardium is favorable. The exclusion can be made for

  9. Hiperecogenicidade dos vasos talâmicos no recém-nascido prematuro Hyperechogenicity of thalamic vessels in preterm newborn infants

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    Natália Paczko

    2002-09-01

    (HCPA from July 1998 to May 1999. All of them were submitted to BUS in the first week of life. Preterm children who needed hospital admission and had a term of informed consent signed up by their guardians were included in this study. Preterm newborn children with BUS showing intracranial hemorrhage and/or associated congenital malformation were excluded from this study. Results: through BUS it was possible to identify 65 preterm newborn children with HETV and 141 preterm newborn children without HETV. Conclusions: we identified the following risk factors for HETV: pelvic presentation, longer gestational period, increased birthweight and big for gestational age classification. On the other hand, mother's hypertension during the gestational period tended to protect infants from HETV. The newborn infants that presented convulsive crises during hospitalization had a 3.2-fold higher risk of having HETV when compared to the ones who did not go through any convulsive crises.

  10. Cost-effectiveness of strategies that are intended to prevent kernicterus in newborn infants.

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    Suresh, Gautham K; Clark, Robin E

    2004-10-01

    There is concern about an increasing incidence of kernicterus in healthy term neonates in the United States. Although the incidence of kernicterus is unknown, several potential strategies that are intended to prevent kernicterus have been proposed by experts. It is necessary to assess the costs, benefits, and risks of such strategies before widespread policy changes are made. The objective of this study was to determine the direct costs to prevent a case of kernicterus with the following 3 strategies: (1) universal follow-up in the office or at home within 1 to 2 days of early newborn discharge, (2) routine predischarge serum bilirubin with selective follow-up and laboratory testing, and (3) routine predischarge transcutaneous bilirubin with selective follow-up and laboratory testing. We performed an incremental cost-effectiveness analysis of the 3 strategies compared with current practice. We used a decision analytic model and a spreadsheet to estimate the direct costs and outcomes, including the savings resulting from prevented kernicterus, for an annual cohort of 2,800000 healthy term newborns who are eligible for early discharge. We used a modified societal perspective and 2002 US dollars. With each strategy, the test and treatment thresholds for hyperbilirubinemia are lowered compared with current practice. With the base-case assumptions (current incidence of kernicterus 1:100 000 and a relative risk reduction [RRR] of 0.7 with each strategy), the cost to prevent 1 case of kernicterus was 10,321463 dollars, 5,743905 dollars, and 9,191352 dollars respectively for strategies 1, 2, and 3 listed above. The total annual incremental costs for the cohort were, respectively, 202,300671 dollars, 112,580535 dollars, and 180,150494 dollars. Sensitivity analyses showed that the cost per case is highly dependent on the population incidence of kernicterus and the RRR with each strategy, both of which are currently unknown. In our model, annual cost savings of 46

  11. Antimicrobial dressings for the prevention of catheter-related infections in newborn infants with central venous catheters.

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    Lai, Nai Ming; Taylor, Jacqueline E; Tan, Kenneth; Choo, Yao Mun; Ahmad Kamar, Azanna; Muhamad, Nor Asiah

    2016-03-23

    Central venous catheters (CVCs) provide secured venous access in neonates. Antimicrobial dressings applied over the CVC sites have been proposed to reduce catheter-related blood stream infection (CRBSI) by decreasing colonisation. However, there may be concerns on the local and systemic adverse effects of these dressings in neonates. We assessed the effectiveness and safety of antimicrobial (antiseptic or antibiotic) dressings in reducing CVC-related infections in newborn infants. Had there been relevant data, we would have evaluated the effects of antimicrobial dressings in different subgroups, including infants who received different types of CVCs, infants who required CVC for different durations, infants with CVCs with and without other antimicrobial modifications, and infants who received an antimicrobial dressing with and without a clearly defined co-intervention. We used the standard search strategy of the Cochrane Neonatal Review Group (CNRG). We searched the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (The Cochrane Library 2015, Issue 9), MEDLINE (PubMed), EMBASE (EBCHOST), CINAHL and references cited in our short-listed articles using keywords and MeSH headings, up to September 2015. We included randomised controlled trials that compared an antimicrobial CVC dressing against no dressing or another dressing in newborn infants. We extracted data using the standard methods of the CNRG. Two review authors independently assessed the eligibility and risk of bias of the retrieved records. We expressed our results using risk difference (RD) and risk ratio (RR) with 95% confidence intervals (CIs). Out of 173 articles screened, three studies were included. There were two comparisons: chlorhexidine dressing following alcohol cleansing versus polyurethane dressing following povidone-iodine cleansing (one study); and silver-alginate patch versus control (two studies). A total of 855 infants from level III neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) were evaluated, 705 of

  12. Obstetric interventions and perinatal asphyxia in growth retarded term infants

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    Langhoff-Roos, J; Lindmark, G

    1997-01-01

    neonatal outcome at term have been studied in relation to different types of fetal growth retardation, including sub-groups with low ponderal index or low amount of subcutaneous fat. RESULTS: The need for obstetric intervention indicated by suspected fetal asphyxia before or during labor was increased 3......BACKGROUND: The monitoring of fetal growth during pregnancy is usually justified because of the increased perinatal risk of these babies. METHODS: In 1552 infants from the Scandinavian Small for Gestational Age Study the need for obstetric interventions, risk of fetal asphyxia and immediate......-fold (6-8%) for growth retarded infants both in SGA infants in general and infants with asymmetric body proportions. The immediate perinatal outcome, however, was favorable with Apgar below 8 at 5 min in only 2% irrespective of the type of growth retardation, in spite of the fact that less than 25...

  13. Synbiotics, probiotics or prebiotics in infant formula for full term infants: a systematic review

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    Mugambi Mary N

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Synbiotics, probiotics or prebiotics are being added to infant formula to promote growth and development in infants. Previous reviews (2007 to 2011 on term infants given probiotics or prebiotics focused on prevention of allergic disease and food hypersensitivity. This review focused on growth and clinical outcomes in term infants fed only infant formula containing synbiotics, probiotics or prebiotics. Methods Cochrane methodology was followed using randomized controlled trials (RCTs which compared term infant formula containing probiotics, prebiotics or synbiotics to conventional infant formula with / without placebo among healthy full term infants. The mean difference (MD and corresponding 95% confidence intervals (CI were reported for continuous outcomes, risk ratio (RR and corresponding 95% CI for dichotomous outcomes. Where appropriate, meta-analysis was performed; heterogeneity was explored using subgroup and sensitivity analyses. If studies were too diverse a narrative synthesis was provided. Results Three synbiotic studies (N = 475, 10 probiotics studies (N = 933 and 12 prebiotics studies (N = 1563 were included. Synbiotics failed to significantly increase growth in boys and girls. Use of synbiotics increased stool frequency, had no impact on stool consistency, colic, spitting up / regurgitation, crying, restlessness or vomiting. Probiotics in formula also failed to have any significant effect on growth, stool frequency or consistency. Probiotics did not lower the incidence of diarrhoea, colic, spitting up / regurgitation, crying, restlessness or vomiting. Prebiotics in formula did increase weight gain but had no impact on length or head circumference gain. Prebiotics increased stool frequency but had no impact on stool consistency, the incidence of colic, spitting up / regurgitation, crying, restlessness or vomiting. There was no impact of prebiotics on the volume of formula tolerated, infections and gastrointestinal

  14. Air trapping on chest CT is associated with worse ventilation distribution in infants with cystic fibrosis diagnosed following newborn screening.

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    Graham L Hall

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: In school-aged children with cystic fibrosis (CF structural lung damage assessed using chest CT is associated with abnormal ventilation distribution. The primary objective of this analysis was to determine the relationships between ventilation distribution outcomes and the presence and extent of structural damage as assessed by chest CT in infants and young children with CF. METHODS: Data of infants and young children with CF diagnosed following newborn screening consecutively reviewed between August 2005 and December 2009 were analysed. Ventilation distribution (lung clearance index and the first and second moment ratios [LCI, M(1/M(0 and M(2/M(0, respectively], chest CT and airway pathology from bronchoalveolar lavage were determined at diagnosis and then annually. The chest CT scans were evaluated for the presence or absence of bronchiectasis and air trapping. RESULTS: Matched lung function, chest CT and pathology outcomes were available in 49 infants (31 male with bronchiectasis and air trapping present in 13 (27% and 24 (49% infants, respectively. The presence of bronchiectasis or air trapping was associated with increased M(2/M(0 but not LCI or M(1/M(0. There was a weak, but statistically significant association between the extent of air trapping and all ventilation distribution outcomes. CONCLUSION: These findings suggest that in early CF lung disease there are weak associations between ventilation distribution and lung damage from chest CT. These finding are in contrast to those reported in older children. These findings suggest that assessments of LCI could not be used to replace a chest CT scan for the assessment of structural lung disease in the first two years of life. Further research in which both MBW and chest CT outcomes are obtained is required to assess the role of ventilation distribution in tracking the progression of lung damage in infants with CF.

  15. Association of US State Implementation of Newborn Screening Policies for Critical Congenital Heart Disease With Early Infant Cardiac Deaths.

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    Abouk, Rahi; Grosse, Scott D; Ailes, Elizabeth C; Oster, Matthew E

    2017-12-05

    In 2011, critical congenital heart disease was added to the US Recommended Uniform Screening Panel for newborns, but whether state implementation of screening policies has been associated with infant death rates is unknown. To assess whether there was an association between implementation of state newborn screening policies for critical congenital heart disease and infant death rates. Observational study with group-level analyses. A difference-in-differences analysis was conducted using the National Center for Health Statistics' period linked birth/infant death data set files for 2007-2013 for 26 546 503 US births through June 30, 2013, aggregated by month and state of birth. State policies were classified as mandatory or nonmandatory (including voluntary policies and mandates that were not yet implemented). As of June 1, 2013, 8 states had implemented mandatory screening policies, 5 states had voluntary screening policies, and 9 states had adopted but not yet implemented mandates. Numbers of early infant deaths (between 24 hours and 6 months of age) coded for critical congenital heart disease or other/unspecified congenital cardiac causes for each state-month birth cohort. Between 2007 and 2013, there were 2734 deaths due to critical congenital heart disease and 3967 deaths due to other/unspecified causes. Critical congenital heart disease death rates in states with mandatory screening policies were 8.0 (95% CI, 5.4-10.6) per 100 000 births (n = 37) in 2007 and 6.4 (95% CI, 2.9-9.9) per 100 000 births (n = 13) in 2013 (for births by the end of July); for other/unspecified cardiac causes, death rates were 11.7 (95% CI, 8.6-14.8) per 100 000 births in 2007 (n = 54) and 10.3 (95% CI, 5.9-14.8) per 100 000 births (n = 21) in 2013. Early infant deaths from critical congenital heart disease through December 31, 2013, decreased by 33.4% (95% CI, 10.6%-50.3%), with an absolute decline of 3.9 (95% CI, 3.6-4.1) deaths per 100 000 births after

  16. The brains of very preterm newborns in clinically stable condition may be hyperoxygenated

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    Sorensen, Line Caroe; Greisen, Gorm

    2009-01-01

    mechanical ventilation and 11 received inotropic drugs. Later, 3 preterm infants developed intraventricular hemorrhage and 2 infants died. All term infants were healthy newborns recruited in the maternity ward. RESULTS: There was a significant difference in c-TOI (preterm: 78.6% [95% confidence interval: 76......OBJECTIVE: The objective was to compare cerebral oxygenation in preterm newborns with that in healthy term newborns. METHODS: Forty-six preterm newborns with gestational ages of newborns were included. The cerebral tissue oxygenation index (c-TOI) was measured by using.......9%-80.3%]; term: 74.7% [95% confidence interval: 72.3%-77.1%]). Preterm newborns had significantly lower fractional tissue oxygen extraction, which suggests lower oxygen extraction in this group. There was no significant correlation between head size and c-TOI. The mean peripheral oxygen saturation was 95...

  17. [Craniocerebral trauma in a newborn infant--precipitous labor or a fall after birth].

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    Albrecht, U; Dirnhofer, R; Hochmeister, M

    1989-01-01

    The autopsy of a newborn child that was found wrapped up in a plastic bag revealed a biparietal fracture of the skull. Only after knowing all circumstances it was possible to explain the origin of this fracture. A plausible reconstruction was possible after the inspection of the scene, the autopsy and by taking into consideration the statement of the mother. Thus it is could be decided that the death of the newborn child occurred by an accident while an infanticide, birth injury or labor precipitate causing the fracture was excluded.

  18. Is the Newborn Individualized Developmental Care and Assessment Program (NIDCAP) effective for preterm infants with intrauterine growth restriction?

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    Als, H; Duffy, FH; McAnulty, GB; Fischer, CB; Kosta, S; Butler, SC; Parad, RB; Blickman, JG; Zurakowski, D; Ringer, SA

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    Objective This study investigates the effectiveness of the Newborn Individualized Developmental Care and Assessment Program (NIDCAP) on neurobehavioral and electrophysiological functioning of preterm infants with severe intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR). Study Design Thirty IUGR infants, 28 to 33 weeks gestational age, randomized to standard care (control/C = 18), or NIDCAP (experimental/E = 12), were assessed at 2 weeks corrected age (2wCA) and 9 months corrected age (9mCA) in regard to health, anthropometrics, and neurobehavior, and additionally at 2wCA in regard to electrophysiology (EEG). Result The two groups were comparable in health and anthropometrics at 2wCA and 9mCA. The E-group at 2wCA showed significantly better autonomic, motor, and self-regulation functioning, improved motility, intensity and response thresholds, and reduced EEG connectivity among several adjacent brain regions. At 9mCA, the E-group showed significantly better mental performance. Conclusion This is the first study to show NIDCAP effectiveness for IUGR preterm infants. PMID:20651694

  19. FACTORS WHICH DETERMINED MORTALITY OF NEWBORNS AND INFANTS IN THE FIRST AND LAST DECADE OF THE 20TH CENTURY IN SERBIA

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    Biljana Stojanović

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    Full Text Available The risk of dying is the highest in newborns and infants. This is one of the most vulnerable periods in development because newborns and infants are exposed to the influence of many risk factors, such as genetics, family or socioeconomic environmental factors. Annual statistics for the first decade of the 20th century showed that one quarter of liveborns died during the first year of life. Data also showed a higher mortality of small children in the country compared to urban areas. Poor food hygiene was the major cause of newborns’ death, both at birth and during the first few months. The last decade of the 20th century was particularly interesting and important to perceive mortality of newborns and infants, because of significant political and socioeconomic disturbances after international sanctions against Serbia and bombing in 1999. Sudden rise of mortality rate of newborns and infants was noticed in all parts of Serbia in 1992 and 1993. It has constantly been decreasing ever since.

  20. Stability of ampicillin, piperacillin, cefotaxime, netilmicin and amikacin in an L-amino acid solution prepared for total parenteral nutrition of newborn infants

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    Goldstein, K; Colding, H; Andersen, G E

    1988-01-01

    The stability of ampicillin, piperacillin and cefotaxime, alone or in combination with either netilmicin or amikacin, was tested by microbiological methods at 29 degrees C (ampicillin, also at 22 degrees C) in an L-amino acid solution specially prepared for newborn infants. In the case of ampicil...

  1. Association between Several Persistent Organic Pollutants and Thyroid Hormone Levels in Cord Blood Serum and Bloodspot of the Newborn Infants of Korea.

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    Sunmi Kim

    Full Text Available Current knowledge on adverse endocrine disruption effects of persistent organic pollutants (POPs among newborn infants is limited and often controversial. To investigate the associations between prenatal exposure to major POPs and thyroid hormone levels among newborn infants, both cord serum or maternal serum concentrations of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs, polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs, and organochlorine pesticides (OCPs were compared with five thyroid hormones in cord serum of newborn infants as well as TSH in bloodspot collected at 2 day after birth (n=104. Since cord serum thyroid hormones could be affected by those of mothers, thyroid hormone concentrations of the matching mothers at delivery were adjusted. In cord serum, BDE-47, -99, and Σchlordane (CHD showed significant positive associations with cord or bloodspot TSH. At the same time, p,p'-dichlorodiphenyldichloroethylene (p,p'-DDE and hexachlorbenzene (HCB showed negative associations with total T3 and total T4 in cord serum, respectively. Maternal exposure to β-hexachlorhexane (β-HCH, ΣCHD, ΣDDT, or p,p'-DDE were also associated with neonatal thyroid hormones. Although the sample size is small and the thyroid hormone levels of the subjects were within the reference range, our observation supports thyroid disrupting potential of several POPs among newborn infants, at the levels occurring in the general population. Considering the importance of thyroid hormones during gestation and early life stages, health implication of thyroid hormone effects by low level POPs exposure deserves further follow up investigations.

  2. A Female Newborn Infant with FATCO Syndrome Variant (Fibular Hypoplasia, Tibial Campomelia, Oligosyndactyly) – A Case Report

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    Smets, Gitte; Vankan, Yoeri; Demeyere, Annick

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    Congenital limb deficiencies are common birth defects occurring in 1 in 2000 neonates, characterized by the aplasia or hypoplasia of bones of the limbs. Fibular hemimelia is a rare congenital deficiency or absence of the fibula. The disease spectrum ranges from mild fibular hypoplasia to fibular aplasia. Fibular aplasia, tibial campomelia, and oligosyndactyly (FATCO syndrome) are purely descriptive terms for a syndrome of unknown genetic basis and inheritance. We report on a newborn female wi...

  3. Benign "setting sun" phenomenon in full-term infants.

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    Yoshikawa, Hideto

    2003-06-01

    I report two normally developed infants showing benign" setting sun" phenomenon. A 2(2-12)-year-old boy and a 7-year-old boy, who were born without any complications at full term, developed brief episodes of downward gazing during sucking and crying after birth However, there were no other clinical or laboratory findings, and they developed normally. The phenomenon was not visible until 6 months and 7 months, respectively. The "setting sun" phenomenon usually indicates underlying severe brain damage and can also be seen, although rarely, in healthy full-term infants until 1 to 5 months. However, the benign "setting sun" phenomenon might exist until 6 or 7 months of age in normal infants.

  4. Newborn Care Practices among Mother-Infant Dyads in Urban Uganda

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    Violet Okaba Kayom

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    Full Text Available Background. Most information on newborn care practices in Uganda is from rural communities which may not be generalized to urban settings. Methods. A community based cross-sectional descriptive study was conducted in the capital city of Uganda from February to May 2012. Quantitative and qualitative data on the newborn care practices of eligible mothers were collected. Results. Over 99% of the mothers attended antenatal care at least once and the majority delivered in a health facility. Over 50% of the mothers applied various substances to the cord of their babies to quicken the healing. Although most of the mothers did not bathe their babies within the first 24 hours of birth, the majority had no knowledge of skin to skin care as a thermoprotective method. The practice of bathing babies in herbal medicine was common (65%. Most of the mothers breastfed exclusively (93.2% but only 60.7% initiated breastfeeding within the first hour of life, while a significant number (29% used prelacteal feeds. Conclusion. The inadequate newborn care practices in this urban community point to the need to intensify the promotion of universal coverage of the newborn care practices irrespective of rural or urban communities and irrespective of health care seeking indicators.

  5. Birth-weight, insulin levels, and HOMA-IR in newborns at term

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    Simental-Mendía Luis E

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    Full Text Available Abstract Background Recent studies have demonstrated that low and high birth-weight at birth are risk factors of developing diabetes. The aim of this study was to determine if the abnormal birth-weight is related with hyperinsulinemia and elevated index of the Homeostasis Model assessment for Insulin Resistance (HOMA-IR at birth, in at term newborns. Methods Newborns with gestational age between 38 and 41 weeks, products of normal pregnancies of healthy mothers aged 18 to 39 years, were eligible to participate. Small-for-gestational age (SGA and large-for-gestational age (LGA newborns were compared with appropriate-for-gestational (AGA age newborns. Incomplete or unclear data about mother’s health status, diabetes, gestational diabetes, history of gestational diabetes, hypertension, pre-eclampsia, eclampsia, and other conditions that affect glucose metabolism were exclusion criteria. Hyperinsulinemia was defined by serum insulin levels ≥13.0 μU/mL and IR by HOMA-IR ≥2.60. Multiple logistic regression analysis was used to determine the odds ratio (OR that computes the association between birth-weight (independent variable with hyperinsulinemia and HOMA-IR index (dependent variables. Results A total of 107 newborns were enrolled; 13, 22, and 72 with SGA, LGA, and AGA, respectively. Hyperinsulinemia was identified in 2 (15.4%, 6 (27.3%, and 5 (6.9% with SGA, LGA, and AGA (p=0.03, whereas IR in 3 (23.1%, 8 (36.4%, and 10 (13.9% newborns with SGA, LGA and AGA (p=0.06. The LGA showed a strong association with hyperinsulinemia (OR 5.02; CI 95%, 1.15-22.3; p=0.01 and HOMA-IR (OR 3.54; CI 95%, 1.03-12.16; p=0.02; although without statistical significance, the SGA showed a tendency of association with hyperinsulinemia (OR 2.43; CI 95%, 0.43-17.3 p=0.29 and HOMA-IR (OR 1.86; CI 95%, 0.33-9.37; p=0.41. Conclusions Our results suggest that LGA is associated with hyperinsulinemia and elevated HOMA-IR at birth whereas the SGA show a tendency of

  6. Necrotizing fasciitis in a newborn infant: a case report Fasciíte necrosante em neonato: relato de caso

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    Vera Lúcia Jornada Krebs

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    Full Text Available We report the case of a one-day-old newborn infant, female, birth weight 1900 g, gestational age 36 weeks presenting with necrotizing fasciitis caused by E. coli and Morganella morganii. The newborn was allowed to fall into the toilet bowl during a domestic delivery. The initial lesion was observed at 24 hours of life on the left leg at the site of the venipuncture for the administration of hypertonic glucose solution. Despite early treatment, a rapid progression occurred resulting in a fatal outcome. We call attention to the risk presented by this serious complication in newborns with a contaminated delivery, and highlight the site of the lesion and causal agents.Os autores relatam o caso de um recém-nascido com um dia de vida, sexo feminino, com peso de nascimento de 1900g e idade gestacional de 36 semanas que apresentou fasciíte necrosante causada por E. coli e Morganella morganii. O parto foi domiciliar, com queda acidental no vaso sanitário durante o nascimento. A lesão inicial foi observada com 24 horas de vida, na perna esquerda em local de venopunção para a administração de solução de glicose hipertônica. Apesar do tratamento precoce, houve progressão rápida, com evolução fatal. Os autores chamam a atenção para o risco desta complicação grave em recém-nascido de parto contaminado, destacando o local da lesão e os agentes etiológicos.

  7. Potential use of buccal smears for rapid diagnosis of autosomal trisomy or chromosomal sex in newborn infants using DNA probes

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    Harris, C.; Clark, K.; Lazarski, K. [Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison, WI (United States); Wilkerson, C. [Univ. of Wisconsin Medical School, Madison, WI (United States); Meisner, L. [Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison, WI (United States)]|[Univ. of Wisconsin Medical School, Madison, WI (United States)

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    Buccal smears from 3 women and 1 man were probed with alpha satellite DNA probes for chromosomes 8, 18, X, and Y. Buccal smears were also collected from an adolescent phenotypic female with uterine agenesis, as well as from newborn infants with suspected trisomy 18 and trisomy 21. The clinical cases were confirmed with conventional cytogenetic studies of peripheral lymphocytes. Overall probe efficiency at detecting expected chromosome number in interphase cells was found to be 71% {+-} 6.8%. Higher than expected n-1 signal numbers may be due to karyopyknotic intermediate epithelial cells present in all collected samples. Overall probe efficiency was found to be consistent using alpha satellite and cosmid probes, both of which accurately reflected the modal copy number of the target chromosomes. False trisomy was less than 1%. This study suggests DNA probes can be used in buccal smears for rapid diagnosis of trisomies and chromosomal sex in newborns, but because of high rates of false hydropoploid signals, probed buccal smear specimens may not be accurate at diagnosing mosaicism. 9 refs., 2 figs., 1 tab.

  8. Delivery room management of term and preterm newly born infants.

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    Saugstad, Ola Didrik

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    Delivery room management, especially in the first 'golden' minute, is of the utmost importance. An exact and universal definition of when a baby is born is needed to obtain agreement on what is meant by the first minute of life. Education of young girls is a basic requirement to optimize the health of the mother and baby. Interventions in pregnancy should as far as possible be evidence based. Antenatal care, the selection of birth mode and antenatal steroid therapy when indicated also contribute to obtaining the best outcome. Delayed cord clamping is recommended for both preterm and term infants. However, more data are needed regarding the most immature infants. Routine suctioning of the mouth and airways is not required. Thermal control is important - keep the temperature in the delivery room at 26°C and wrap infants plastic. However, this procedure does not reduce mortality. Since delayed cord clamping increases mean birth weight by approximately 30 g/kg, the present birth weight charts based on early clamping need to be corrected. Preterm infants in need of ventilatory support should start with CPAP from the first breath. A T-piece device seems to have some advantages compared to self-inflating bags. Surfactant instillation is often not needed prophylactically provided the mother has received antenatal steroids. Less invasive methods for administering surfactant may be useful. If ventilatory support is needed, start with air in term and near-term infants. For babies of 29-33 weeks of gestation start with 21-30% oxygen and for infants <29 weeks start with 30% oxygen and adjust according to the response obtained. © 2015 S. Karger AG, Basel.

  9. Neurological abnormalities in full-term asphyxiated newborns and salivary S100B testing: the "Cooperative Multitask against Brain Injury of Neonates" (CoMBINe) international study.

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    Gazzolo, Diego; Pluchinotta, Francesca; Bashir, Moataza; Aboulgar, Hanna; Said, Hala Mufeed; Iman, Iskander; Ivani, Giorgio; Conio, Alessandra; Tina, Lucia Gabriella; Nigro, Francesco; Li Volti, Giovanni; Galvano, Fabio; Michetti, Fabrizio; Di Iorio, Romolo; Marinoni, Emanuela; Zimmermann, Luc J; Gavilanes, Antonio D W; Vles, Hans J S; Kornacka, Maria; Gruszfeld, Darek; Frulio, Rosanna; Sacchi, Renata; Ciotti, Sabina; Risso, Francesco M; Sannia, Andrea; Florio, Pasquale

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    Perinatal asphyxia (PA) is a leading cause of mortality and morbidity in newborns: its prognosis depends both on the severity of the asphyxia and on the immediate resuscitation to restore oxygen supply and blood circulation. Therefore, we investigated whether measurement of S100B, a consolidated marker of brain injury, in salivary fluid of PA newborns may constitute a useful tool for the early detection of asphyxia-related brain injury. We conducted a cross-sectional study in 292 full-term newborns admitted to our NICUs, of whom 48 suffered PA and 244 healthy controls admitted at our NICUs. Saliva S100B levels measurement longitudinally after birth; routine laboratory variables, neurological patterns, cerebral ultrasound and, magnetic resonance imaging were performed. The primary end-point was the presence of neurological abnormalities at 12-months after birth. S100B salivary levels were significantly (P3.25 MoM S100B achieved a sensitivity of 100% (CI5-95%: 89.3%-100%) and a specificity of 100% (CI5-95%: 98.6%-100%) as a single marker for predicting the occurrence of abnormal neurological outcome (area under the ROC curve: 1.000; CI5-95%: 0.987-1.0). S100B protein measurement in saliva, soon after birth, is a useful tool to identify which asphyxiated infants are at risk of neurological sequelae.

  10. Neurological abnormalities in full-term asphyxiated newborns and salivary S100B testing: the "Cooperative Multitask against Brain Injury of Neonates" (CoMBINe international study.

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    Full Text Available Perinatal asphyxia (PA is a leading cause of mortality and morbidity in newborns: its prognosis depends both on the severity of the asphyxia and on the immediate resuscitation to restore oxygen supply and blood circulation. Therefore, we investigated whether measurement of S100B, a consolidated marker of brain injury, in salivary fluid of PA newborns may constitute a useful tool for the early detection of asphyxia-related brain injury.We conducted a cross-sectional study in 292 full-term newborns admitted to our NICUs, of whom 48 suffered PA and 244 healthy controls admitted at our NICUs. Saliva S100B levels measurement longitudinally after birth; routine laboratory variables, neurological patterns, cerebral ultrasound and, magnetic resonance imaging were performed. The primary end-point was the presence of neurological abnormalities at 12-months after birth.S100B salivary levels were significantly (P3.25 MoM S100B achieved a sensitivity of 100% (CI5-95%: 89.3%-100% and a specificity of 100% (CI5-95%: 98.6%-100% as a single marker for predicting the occurrence of abnormal neurological outcome (area under the ROC curve: 1.000; CI5-95%: 0.987-1.0.S100B protein measurement in saliva, soon after birth, is a useful tool to identify which asphyxiated infants are at risk of neurological sequelae.

  11. Antenatal smoking and substance-misuse, infant and newborn response to hypoxia.

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    Ali, Kamal; Rosser, Thomas; Bhat, Ravindra; Wolff, Kim; Hannam, Simon; Rafferty, Gerrard F; Greenough, Anne

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    To determine at the peak age for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) the ventilatory response to hypoxia of infants whose mothers substance misused in pregnancy (SM infants), or smoked during pregnancy (S mothers) and controls whose mothers neither substance misused or smoked. In addition, we compared the ventilatory response to hypoxia during the neonatal period and peak age of SIDS. Infants of S or SM mothers compared to control infants would have a poorer ventilatory response to hypoxia at the peak age of SIDS. Prospective, observational study. Twelve S; 12 SM and 11 control infants were assessed at 6-12 weeks of age and in the neonatal period. Changes in minute volume, oxygen saturation, heart rate, and end tidal carbon dioxide levels on switching from breathing room air to 15% oxygen were assessed. Maternal and infant urine samples were tested for cotinine, cannabinoids, opiates, amphetamines, methadone, cocaine, and benzodiazepines. The S and SM infants had a greater decline in minute volume (P = 0.037, P = 0.016, respectively) and oxygen saturation (P = 0.031) compared to controls. In all groups, the magnitude of decline in minute volume in response to hypoxia was higher in the neonatal period compared to at 6-12 weeks (P < 0.001). Both maternal substance misuse and smoking were associated with an impaired response to a hypoxic challenge at the peak age for SIDS. The hypoxic ventilatory decline was more marked in the neonatal period compared to the peak age for SIDS indicating a maturational effect. Pediatr Pulmonol. 2017;52:650-655. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  12. Free amino acids in full-term and pre-term human milk and infant formula.

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    Chuang, Chih-Kuang; Lin, Shuan-Pei; Lee, Hung-Chang; Wang, Tuen-Jen; Shih, Yu-Shu; Huang, Fu-Yuan; Yeung, Chun-Yan

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    Although the nutritional value of human milk has been thoroughly studied, few reports describing its free amino acid (FAA) content have been published. Although infant formulas are designed to approximate the nutrient composition of human milk, the content and concentration of free amino acids are unknown. We compared the FAA concentrations of milk from mothers of preterm and full-term infants with those in several infant formulas. Human milk was obtained during three different stages of lactation (colostral, transitional and mature milk). Sixty-seven samples were collected from 44 healthy mothers of term infants and 23 mothers of premature infants 29 to 36 weeks gestation (mean 33 weeks). Two brands of powdered term formula (TF-A and TF-B) and two brands designed for preterm infants (PTF-A and PTF-B )were also studied. Ion exchange chromatography was used for free amino acid analysis. The mean concentration of total FAA in human milk was significantly higher than any of the infant formulas (8139 micromol/L for pre-term human milk; 3462 micromol/L for full term human milk; TF-A, 720 micromol/L; TF-B, 697 micromol/L; PTF-A, 820 micromol/L; PTF-B, 789 micromol/L) (P milk was significantly higher than in human transitional and mature milks (P milk and preterm milk except for phosphoethanolamine, hydroxyproline, asparagine, and alpha-amino-eta-butyric acid. There were significant differences in all FAA concentrations between all human milks and infant formulas (P milk and decreases through the transitional and mature milk stages. FAA is higher in all human milks than in infant formulas.

  13. Long-term neurodevelopmental outcome after intrauterine transfusion for hemolytic disease of the fetus/newborn: the LOTUS study.

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    Lindenburg, Irene T; Smits-Wintjens, Vivianne E; van Klink, Jeanine M; Verduin, Esther; van Kamp, Inge L; Walther, Frans J; Schonewille, Henk; Doxiadis, Ilias I; Kanhai, Humphrey H; van Lith, Jan M; van Zwet, Erik W; Oepkes, Dick; Brand, Anneke; Lopriore, Enrico

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    To determine the incidence and risk factors for neurodevelopmental impairment (NDI) in children with hemolytic disease of the fetus/newborn treated with intrauterine transfusion (IUT). Neurodevelopmental outcome in children at least 2 years of age was assessed using standardized tests, including the Bayley Scales of Infant Development, the Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence, and the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children, according to the children's age. Primary outcome was the incidence of neurodevelopmental impairment defined as at least one of the following: cerebral palsy, severe developmental delay, bilateral deafness, and/or blindness. A total of 291 children were evaluated at a median age of 8.2 years (range, 2-17 years). Cerebral palsy was detected in 6 (2.1%) children, severe developmental delay in 9 (3.1%) children, and bilateral deafness in 3 (1.0%) children. The overall incidence of neurodevelopmental impairment was 4.8% (14/291). In a multivariate regression analysis including only preoperative risk factors, severe hydrops was independently associated with neurodevelopmental impairment (odds ratio, 11.2; 95% confidence interval, 1.7-92.7). Incidence of neurodevelopmental impairment in children treated with intrauterine transfusion for fetal alloimmune anemia is low (4.8%). Prevention of fetal hydrops, the strongest preoperative predictor for impaired neurodevelopment, by timely detection, referral and treatment may improve long-term outcome. Copyright © 2012 Mosby, Inc. All rights reserved.

  14. [Pathomorphology of the ventricular germinal zone and neocortex in newborn infants with posthemorrhagic hydrocephalus].

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    Protsenko, E V; Peretyatko, L P; Saryeva, O P

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    Тo study the morphological features of the ventricular germinal zone and neocortex in newborns at 22-40 weeks' gestation with posthemorrhagic hydrocephalus. The brains of fetuses and newborns at 22-40 weeks' gestation with posthemorrhagic hydrocephalus (n=12) were examined; a control group included the brains with a lateral ventricle lumen width of not more than 0.5 cm (n=30). The investigators conducted a comprehensive pathomorphological study of the ventricular germinal zone and neocortex in the projection field No. 6. Posthemorrhagic hydrocephalus is characterized by a deceleration in the reduction of the ventricular germinal zone and by the corresponding level of differentiation of the cortex and neurons to gestational age in the presence of the physiological expression of reelin in the Cajal-Retzius neurons and in that of the impaired expression of matrix metalloproteinase 9 (a decrease) and the glial protein S-100 (an increase) in the cells of the ventricular germinal zone. The morphological features of the ventricular germinal zone and neocortex of fetuses and newborns at 22-40 weeks' gestation with posthemorrhagic hydrocephalus should be considered as morphological differential diagnostic criteria for the disease.

  15. Whole-body cesium 137 activity up to 4 years after the Chernobyl reactor accident in premature newborns, newborns, infants, and children.

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    Koch, H C; Burmeister, W; Knopp, R; Niesen, M; Georgakopoulou, A; Krämer, A; Halfmann, K; Hartmann, C; Lentze, M J

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    Cesium 137 activity was measured after the Chernobyl incident in a whole-body radiation counter (4-pi-scintillation counter) in 85 premature and mature newborns (group 1), 174 infants and young children up to 2 11/12 years (group 2), and 48 children between 3 and 8 years (group 3) from Bonn (Germany) and surroundings. In 1987 the mean level of radioactivity in group 2, at 3.7 Bq/kg body weight corresponding to a mean radiation exposure of 11 muSv/y, was lower than that of group 1 (5.8 Bq/kg, 17 muSv/y) and 3 (9.4 Bq/kg, 28 muSv/y). Up to 1990 the values of all groups revealed a continuous decrease. The latest measurements showed mean values of 0.5 Bq/kg (1.5 muSv/y) in group 1, 0.6 Bq/kg (1.8 muSv/y) in group 2, and 0.8 Bq/kg (2.4 muSv/y) in group 3. A comparison with present cesium 137 values and determinations of the end of the 1950s and beginning of 1960s, both in adults, showed good agreement. The effective dose-equivalent rates amounted to less than 1% of that from natural radiation exposure. These levels should present no teratogenic risks to the population studied and, while there are theoretical mutagenic risks, the dose is so low that no increase in measurable mutagenic effects should be observed.

  16. Association of cord plasma leptin with birth size in term newborns.

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    Tung, Wing-Kuen; Lin, Shio-Jean; Hwang, Yea-Shwu; Wu, Ching-Ming; Wang, Yun-Han; Tsai, Wen-Hui

    2009-12-01

    Leptin is secreted from adipose tissue and plays an important role in obesity. Recent studies have shown that the relationship between Leptin and body fat mass may have ethnic differences. The purpose of our study was to investigate the relationship between venous umbilical cord plasma Leptin and anthropometric markers in term healthy Taiwanese newborns. Umbilical venous plasma samples were obtained from 98 term neonates (48 males and 50 females) and leptin Levels were analyzed by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. Umbilical cord plasma Levels of leptin were significantly higher in the female neonates than in males (pcord plasma levels than the small-for-gestational age newborns (pcord plasma Leptin levels in both male and female neonates. However, the slopes of the regressions between Leptin and birth weight in male and female neonates were not different. In Taiwanese healthy term neonates, leptin umbilical cord plasma Levels are associated with sex and birth weight of the neonate. The relationship between Leptin and birth weight may differ among different ethnic groups. These findings imply that the relationship between leptin and body fat mass may develop early in life.

  17. [Local barrier creams for skin care in newborns, infants and toddlers with incontinence-associated dermatitis (IAD) – Narrative Review!

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    Reick, Sibylle; Hubenthal, Natalie; Zimmermann, Marit; Hering, Thomas

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    Background: The incontinence-associated dermatitis (IAD) is a common condition in newborns, infants and toddlers. For the therapy nurses and parents have the choice between numerous barrier creams based on zinc oxide, Dexpanthenol or Vaseline in various combinations of active agents and with additional ingredients. Research question: Which combination of active ingredients in local barrier creams reduce pain, severity of or duration of healing in IAD in neonates, infants and young children? Method: MEDLINE and CINAHL was systematically search for randomized controlled trials on the effect of barrier creams in pediatric patients with IAD. These were evaluated on validity and applicability. Results: 15 RCTs were found, of which six were included in the systematic review. The methodological quality of these trials ranges from good to poor, partially high bias risk were recognizable. Barrier creams containing the active ingredients zinc oxide / lanolin, zinc oxide / cod liver oil, zinc oxide / Dexpanthenol, paraffin / beeswax / Dexpanthenol show effects. They reduce the IAD-associated symptoms. Conclusions: The investigated barrier creams can be used in the pediatric nursing for the treatment of IAD. Because of limitations it cannot be ruled out that further studies will change the results.

  18. Short-term outcomes of mothers and infants exposed to antenatal amphetamines.

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    Oei, J; Abdel-Latif, M E; Clark, R; Craig, F; Lui, K

    2010-01-01

    To determine the short-term outcomes of newborn infants and mothers exposed to antenatal amphetamines in the state of New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory during 2004. Amphetamine exposure was determined retrospectively using ICD-10 AM morbidity code searches of hospital medical records and from records of local drug and alcohol services. Records were reviewed on site. All public hospitals (n = 101) with obstetric services were included. Amphetamines were used by 200 (22.9%) of the 871 identified drug-using mothers. Most women (182, 91%) injected amphetamines intravenously. Compared with the other 669 drug users, amphetamine-using mothers were significantly more likely to use multiple classes of drugs (45.0% vs 7.8%), be subject to domestic violence (32.1% vs 17.5%), be homeless (14.8% vs 4.9%) and be involved with correctional services (19.8% vs 9.7%). The incidence of comorbid psychiatric illnesses were significantly higher (57.4% vs 41.7%) and their infants were more likely to be preterm (29.5% vs 20.4%), notified as children at risk (67.0% vs 32.8%), fostered before hospital discharge (14.5% vs 5.5%) and less likely to be breastfed (27.0% vs 41.6%). Amphetamine-exposed mothers and infants in public hospitals of NSW and the ACT are at significantly higher risk of adverse social and perinatal outcomes even when compared with mothers and infants exposed to other drugs of dependency. Increased vigilance for amphetamine exposure is recommended due to a high prevalence of use, especially in Australia, as a recreational drug.

  19. [Timing of clamping and factors associated with iron stores in full-term newborns].

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    Oliveira, Fabiana de Cássia Carvalho; Assis, Karine Franklin; Martins, Mariana Campos; Prado, Mara Rúbia Maciel Cardoso do; Ribeiro, Andréia Queiroz; Sant'Ana, Luciana Ferreira da Rocha; Priore, Silvia Eloiza; Franceschini, Sylvia do Carmo Castro

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    To analyze the impact of timing of clamping and obstetric, biological and socioeconomic factors on the iron stores of full-term newborns. Cross-sectional study between October 2011 and July 2012 in which hematological parameters were evaluated for newborns in Viçosa, MG, Southeastern Brazil. It involved collecting 7 mL of umbilical cord blood from 144 full-term not underweight newborns. The parameters investigated were complete blood count, serum iron, ferritin and C-reactive protein. The time of umbilical cord clamping was measured using a digital timer without interfering in the procedures of childbirth. The birth data were collected from Live Birth Certificates and other information was obtained from the mother through a questionnaire applied in the first month postpartum. Analysis of multiple linear regression was then used to estimate the influence of biological, obstetrics and socioeconomic factors on the ferritin levels at birth. The median ferritin was 130.3 µg/L (n = 129, minimum = 16.4; maximum = 420.5 µg/L), the mean serum iron was 137.9 μg/dL (n = 144, SD = 39.29) and mean hemoglobin was 14.7 g/dL (n = 144, SD = 1.47). The median time of cord clamping was 36 seconds, ranging between 7 and 100. The bivariate analysis detected an association between ferritin levels and color of the child, timing clamping of 60 seconds, type of delivery, the presence of gestational diabetes and per capita family income. In multivariate analysis, the variables per capita income, number of antenatal visits and length at birth accounted for 22.0% of variation in ferritin levels. Iron stores at birth were influenced by biological, obstetric and social characteristics. Tackling anemia should involve creating policies aimed at reducing social inequalities, improving the quality of antenatal care, as well as implementing a criterion of delayed clamping of the umbilical cord within the guidelines of labor.

  20. PRINCIPLES OF DRUG THERAPY IN NEWBORNS

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    Full Text Available The article is devoted to the neonats adequate pharmacotherapy, including use of medications off-label. The authors emphasize the characteristics of a newborn child organism (as a full-term and preterm that define the distinct processes of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics in the older children. This paper discusses the problem of the optimal route of administration choice, provides basic information about medications used in the most common pathological conditions in newborns. Key words: drug therapy, drugs, newborns, premature infants. (Pediatric pharmacology. — 2011; 8 (6: 50–56.

  1. Safety and Immunogenicity of the Recombinant Mycobacterium bovis BCG Vaccine VPM1002 in HIV-Unexposed Newborn Infants in South Africa.

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    Loxton, André G; Knaul, Julia K; Grode, Leander; Gutschmidt, Andrea; Meller, Christiane; Eisele, Bernd; Johnstone, Hilary; van der Spuy, Gian; Maertzdorf, Jeroen; Kaufmann, Stefan H E; Hesseling, Anneke C; Walzl, Gerhard; Cotton, Mark F

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    Tuberculosis is a global threat to which infants are especially vulnerable. Effective vaccines are required to protect infants from this devastating disease. VPM1002, a novel recombinant Mycobacterium bovis bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG) vaccine previously shown to be safe and immunogenic in adults, was evaluated for safety in its intended target population, namely, newborn infants in a region with high prevalence of tuberculosis. A total of 48 newborns were vaccinated intradermally with VPM1002 (n = 36) or BCG Danish strain (n = 12) in a phase II open-labeled, randomized trial with a 6-month follow-up period. Clinical and laboratory measures of safety were evaluated during this time. In addition, vaccine-induced immune responses to mycobacteria were analyzed in whole-blood stimulation and proliferation assays. The safety parameters and immunogenicity were comparable in the two groups. Both vaccines induced interleukin-17 (IL-17) responses; however, VPM1002 vaccination led to an increase of CD8+ IL-17+ T cells at the week 16 and month 6 time points. The incidence of abscess formation was lower for VPM1002 than for BCG. We conclude that VPM1002 is a safe, well-tolerated, and immunogenic vaccine in newborn infants, confirming results from previous trials in adults. These results strongly support further evaluation of the safety and efficacy of this vaccination in larger studies. (This study has been registered at ClinicalTrials.gov under registration no. NCT01479972.). Copyright © 2017 Loxton et al.

  2. Sex ratio of newborn infants born to pregnant women with severe chronic constipation

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    Andrew E Czeizel

    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available Andrew E Czeizel1, Erzsébet H Puhó1, Ferenc Bánhidy21Foundation for the Community Control of Hereditary Diseases, 2Second Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Semmelweis University, School of Medicine, Budapest, HungaryAbstract: There was a significant male excess in the newborns of pregnant women with severe chronic constipation during pregnancy compared to pregnant women without constipation and pregnant women with new onset severe constipation, during pregnancy.Keywords: constipation, pregnancy, birth outcomes, sex ratio, male excess

  3. [Complex cyanotic heart defect in a newborn infant with cat eye syndrome].

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    Paul, T; Reimer, A; Wilken, M; Miller, K; Kallfelz, H C

    1991-04-01

    In a cyanotic newborn with characteristic features of Cat-Eye-Syndrome, cytogenetic examination disclosed a supernumerary small bisatellited chromosome. Angiography showed Tetralogy of Fallot with pulmonary atresia and a narrow patent ductus arteriosus with additional stenosis of the bifurcation of the pulmonary artery. At an age of 14 weeks, the patient died after the attempt of corrective cardiac surgery. Congenital cardiac malformation is present in more than one third of patients with cat-eye-syndrome and is usually the lifelimiting malformation in this syndrome.

  4. Vitamin A nutritional status in high- and low-income postpartum women and its effect on colostrum and the requirements of the term newborn.

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    Gurgel, Cristiane Santos Sânzio; Grilo, Evellyn C; Lira, Larissa Q; Assunção, Débora G F; Oliveira, Priscila G; Melo, Larisse R M de; de Medeiros, Silvia V; Pessanha, Luanna C; Dimenstein, Roberto; Lyra, Clélia O

    2017-09-21

    To evaluate the vitamin A status in serum and colostrum of postpartum women with different socioeconomic status, comparing the colostrum retinol supply with the vitamin A requirement of the newborn. Cross-sectional study conducted with 424 postpartum women. Vitamin A maternal dietary intake was estimated using a food frequency questionnaire. Colostrum and serum retinol levels were measured by high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC). Serum retinol concentrations <20μg/dL were indicative of vitamin A deficiency (VAD). Vitamin A levels provided by colostrum <400μgRAE/day were considered as insufficient for term newborns. The mean maternal vitamin A intake during pregnancy was 872.2±639.2μgRAE/day in low-income women and 1169.2±695.2μgRAE/day for high-income women (p<0.005). The prevalence of vitamin A deficiency was 6.9% (n=18) in the low-income group and 3.7% (n=6) in the high-income group. The estimated mean retinol intake by infants of the high- and low-income mothers were 343.3μgRAE/day (85.8% AI) and 427.2μgRAE/day (106.8% AI), respectively. Serum vitamin A deficiency was considered a mild public health problem in both populations; however, newborns of low-income women were more likely to receive lower retinol levels through colostrum when compared with newborns of high-income mothers. Copyright © 2017 Sociedade Brasileira de Pediatria. Published by Elsevier Editora Ltda. All rights reserved.

  5. Arterial blood pressure of term newborns during the first week of life

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    M.C.V.A. Nascimento

    2002-08-01

    Full Text Available The progressive behavior of the blood pressure of term newborns during the first week of life was assessed by the simultaneous use of oscillometric and Doppler methods. A total of 174 term neonates born at the Municipal Hospital Odilon Behrens in Belo Horizonte, from March 1996 to February 1997, were prospectively assessed. The oscillometric and Doppler ultrasonic methods were simultaneously used for four consecutive recordings obtained at 12 ± 6, 24 ± 6 and 72 ± 24 h and on the 7th ± 1 day of life. The combined use of the two methods simplified the procedure, with automatic cuff inflation and deflation, and speed was properly controlled with an automatic pressure monitor. The procedure was performed using a Y-connection to the mercury sphygmomanometer, with blood pressure being recorded with an automatic device and systolic blood pressure being measured simultaneously by Doppler ultrasound. The newborns were awake, not crying and in the supine position. A statistically significant increase in systolic and diastolic blood pressure was observed between the first and second, and the third and fourth measurements by Doppler and oscillometric methods. No significant correlation between birth weight, length, ponderal index and blood pressure was observed. The technique used represents a simpler and more accurate procedure for blood pressure measurement.

  6. Study of the prevalence of and high risk factors for fetal malnutrition in term newborns.

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    Deodhar, J; Jarad, R

    1999-09-01

    This observational study was done to discover the prevalence of fetal malnutrition (FM) in term newborns using clinical assessment of nutritional status (CANS score) and to identify associated risk factors. All term babies born in a referral teaching hospital during the 1-year study period were included in the sample. Gestational age and weight-for-gestational-age were assessed, and babies were classified as appropriate-for-gestational-age (AGA), small-for-gestational-age (SGA) or large-for-gestational-age (LGA). Maternal risk factors were recorded in each case. Fetal malnutrition was present in 19.6% of babies, of whom 40.7% had intrauterine growth retardation. Of the babies with FM, 59.9% were AGA and 1.9% were SGA even though they had no signs of FM. FM was evident in 84.2% of SGA babies, and 12.9% of AGA babies showed FM. The weights of babies with FM were significantly lower than of those without FM. Maternal risk factors for FM included adverse age, primiparity, low pre-pregnancy weight and height, a bad obstetric history and pregnancy-induced hypertension. Malnutrition in the newborn might be missed if intrauterine growth curves only are used for assessment. The CANS score is a simple and rapid clinical scoring system for diagnosing fetal malnutrition. Not all SGA babies are malnourished and those without FM have a better outcome and faster catch-up growth.

  7. Pharmacokinetic analysis of 14C-ursodiol in newborn infants using accelerator mass spectrometry.

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    Gordi, Toufigh; Baillie, Rebecca; Vuong, Le T; Abidi, Saira; Dueker, Stephen; Vasquez, Herbert; Pegis, Priscilla; Hopper, Andrew O; Power, Gordon G; Blood, Arlin B

    2014-09-01

    Pharmacokinetic studies in the neonatal population are often limited by the small volume of blood that can be collected. The high sensitivity of (14) C-accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS) enables pharmacokinetic studies to be conducted with greatly reduced sample volumes. We demonstrated the utility of AMS in infants by studying the plasma pharmacokinetic behavior of nanogram doses of (14) C-ursodiol administered as a non-perturbing microdose or as a microtracer with therapeutic doses of non-labeled ursodiol in infants. Five non-cholestatic infants were administered 3 consecutive oral microdoses of (14) C-ursodiol: 8 ng (1.0 nCi), 26 ng (3.3 nCi), and 80 ng (10 nCi) 48 hours apart. Three additional infants with cholestasis were administered a single 80 ng (10.0 nCi) oral dose of (14) C-ursodiol together with a therapeutic dose of 40 mg/kg of non-labeled ursodiol. A pharmacokinetic model describing ursodiol concentrations was developed using nonlinear mixed-effects modeling. The pharmacokinetics of ursodiol in this pilot study were best described by a two-compartment model with first-order elimination. This study demonstrates the feasibility and utility of microdose and microtrace methodology in pediatric research. © 2014, The American College of Clinical Pharmacology.

  8. Does Breast Feeding Protect the Hypothyroid Infant Diagnosed by Newborn Screening?

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    Rovet, Joanne F.

    Because breast milk contains small quantities of thyroid hormones not found in commercial formula preparations, it was hypothesized that breast feeding may provide some protective benefit to the hypothyroid infant before medical treatment is begun. Of 108 children with congenital hypothyroidism, breast-fed children had higher thyroid hormone…

  9. The half-life and exposure of cefuroxime varied in newborn infants after a Caesarean section

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    Zachariassen, G.; Hyldig, N.; Joergensen, J.S.

    2016-01-01

    : Healthy mothers received a single dose of cefuroxime 15–60 minutes before skin incision. One blood sample was drawn from the umbilical cord, and two blood samples were drawn from the infant after delivery. Total plasma cefuroxime (μg/mL) was measured using high-pressure liquid chromatography. Results...

  10. [Trend of HIV seroprevalence among mothers of new-born infants from 1996 to 1999].

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    Noguer, I; García Sáiz, A; Castilla, J

    2000-12-09

    To analyze the evolution of HIV prevalence in mothers of Spanish new-borns. Unlinked anonymous testing of HIV in blood spots for detection of metabolic diseases of all new-borns in 1996-1999 in seven regions: Baleares, Canarias, Castilla-La Mancha, Castilla y León, Galicia, Melilla and Murcia. HIV antibody detection was done with ELISA and confirmation with a immunoblot. The prevalence of HIV antibodies was 0.99 per 1,000 in 1996, 1.29 in 1997, 1.42 in 1998 and 1.54 in 1999. There was an upward trend both in the global sample (p = 0.0015) and in those from Canarias (p < 0.0001) and Castilla y León (p = 0.0389). The prevalence of HIV-1 for the whole period was 1.31 per 1.000 and of 1.13 per 100.000 for HIV-2. There is a need to offer systematic counselling and HIV testing to all pregnant women.

  11. Efficacy and Safety of Acupuncture in Preterm and Term Infants

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    Wolfgang Raith; Berndt Urlesberger; Georg M Schmölzer

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    The aim of the paper was to review the literature about safety and efficiency of acupuncture therapy in term and preterm infants. We searched Medline, EMBASE, and Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials using a predefined algorithm, reviewed abstracts from the Pediatric Academic Society annual meetings (2000–2012), and performed a manual search of references in narrative and systematic reviews. A total of 26 studies identified met our search criteria. Only 6 of these studies met our in...

  12. Platelet indices in SGA newborns.

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    Wasiluk, A; Dabrowska, M; Osada, J; Jasinska, E; Laudanski, T; Redzko, S

    2011-01-01

    The current study objective was to compare blood platelet indices in full-term small-for-gestational-age newborns (SGA) and full-term appropriate-for-gestational-age newborns (AGA). We introduced to our study 61 SGA newborns (31 females and 30 males) and 70 eutrophic infants (32 females and 38 males). The SGA newborns were divided into two groups: those weighing less than the 5th centile: 35 infants (16 females and 19 males) and those between the 5th and 10th centiles: 26 infants (15 females and 11 males). Platelet indices were estimated in blood samples collected from the umbilical artery. SGA demonstrated a decreased count of blood platelets (238×103/μ) as compared with AGA (286×103/μL), p=0.0001. Platelet hematocrit (PTC) also showed differences in both groups (SGA=0.19% vs. AGA=0.22%; p=0.0005). Mean platelet volume (MPV) was higher in SGA (8.25fl) as compared with AGA (7.84fl); p=0.008. Large platelet count (LPLT) was higher in AGA 6.26% vs. SGA=4.75%; p=0.01. Platelet distribution width (PDW) was found to be nearly the same (SGA=47%, AGA=46%). PDW was higher in SGA newborns SGA infants between the 5th and 10th centiles (52%); p=0.008. A decreased blood platelet count, platelet hematocrit and large metabolically active platelet count, which in addition to reduced synthesis and excessive consumption of coagulation factors in states of hiperclotting is characteristic of IUGR, enhances the possibility of bleeding complications and increases the risk of infections. From a clinical point of view, it is important to take into consideration the degree of intrauterine hypotrophy during the evaluation of hemostatic disorders.

  13. Efficacy and Safety of Acupuncture in Preterm and Term Infants

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    Wolfgang Raith

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available The aim of the paper was to review the literature about safety and efficiency of acupuncture therapy in term and preterm infants. We searched Medline, EMBASE, and Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials using a predefined algorithm, reviewed abstracts from the Pediatric Academic Society annual meetings (2000–2012, and performed a manual search of references in narrative and systematic reviews. A total of 26 studies identified met our search criteria. Only 6 of these studies met our inclusion criteria; however, two studies had to be excluded because the manuscripts were published in Chinese. Hence, only four studies were included in our analysis. Three of the four studies evaluated the effects of acupuncture on infantile colic, and one assessed pain reduction during minor painful procedures in preterm babies. The limited data available suggests that acupuncture could be a safe nonpharmacologic treatment option for pain reduction in term and preterm infants and could also be a non-pharmacologic treatment option to treat infantile colic. Currently acupuncture in infants should be limited to clinical trials and studies evaluating short- and long-term effects and should be performed only by practitioners with adequate training and experience in neonatal/pediatric acupuncture.

  14. Efficacy and safety of acupuncture in preterm and term infants.

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    Raith, Wolfgang; Urlesberger, Berndt; Schmölzer, Georg M

    2013-01-01

    The aim of the paper was to review the literature about safety and efficiency of acupuncture therapy in term and preterm infants. We searched Medline, EMBASE, and Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials using a predefined algorithm, reviewed abstracts from the Pediatric Academic Society annual meetings (2000-2012), and performed a manual search of references in narrative and systematic reviews. A total of 26 studies identified met our search criteria. Only 6 of these studies met our inclusion criteria; however, two studies had to be excluded because the manuscripts were published in Chinese. Hence, only four studies were included in our analysis. Three of the four studies evaluated the effects of acupuncture on infantile colic, and one assessed pain reduction during minor painful procedures in preterm babies. The limited data available suggests that acupuncture could be a safe nonpharmacologic treatment option for pain reduction in term and preterm infants and could also be a non-pharmacologic treatment option to treat infantile colic. Currently acupuncture in infants should be limited to clinical trials and studies evaluating short- and long-term effects and should be performed only by practitioners with adequate training and experience in neonatal/pediatric acupuncture.

  15. Long-term oral sensitivity and feeding skills of low-risk pre-term infants.

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    Dodrill, Pamela; McMahon, Sandra; Ward, Elizabeth; Weir, Kelly; Donovan, Tim; Riddle, Bena

    2004-01-01

    This study examined the oral sensitivity and feeding skills of low-risk pre-term infants at 11-17 months corrected age. Twenty pre-term infants (PT) born between 32 and 37 weeks at birth without any medical comorbidities were assessed. All of this PT group received supplemental nasogastric (NG) tube feeds during their birth-stay in hospital. A matched control group of 10 healthy full-term infants (FT) was also assessed. Oral sensitivity and feeding skills were assessed during a typical mealtime using the Royal Children's Hospital Oral Sensitivity Checklist (OSC) and the Pre-Speech Assessment Scale (PSAS). Results demonstrated that, at 11-17 months corrected age, the PT group displayed significantly more behaviours suggestive of altered oral sensitivity and facial defensiveness, and a trend of more delayed feeding development than the FT group. Further, results demonstrated that, relative to the FT group, pre-term infants who received greater than 3 weeks of NG feeding (PT>3NG) displayed significantly more facial defensive behaviour, and displayed significant delays across more aspects of their feeding development than pre-term infants who received less than 2 weeks of NG feeding (PToral sensitivity and facial defensiveness, as well as feeding delays. These observations warrant further investigation on this topic.

  16. Early diagnosis of congenital toxoplasmosis in newborn infants using IgG subclasses against two Toxoplasma gondii recombinant proteins

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    Carlos Henryque de Souza e Silva

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this work was to evaluate the utility of ELISA-based testing of total IgG (IgGt antibodies and its subclasses (IgG1, IgG2, IgG3 and IgG4 against soluble (STAg and recombinant (rSAG1 and rMIC3 antigens of Toxoplasma gondii for diagnosing congenital toxoplasmosis. Sera from 217 newborns initially testing positive for specific IgM in filter paper dried blood spots were tested for specific IgM and IgG by ELFA-VIDAS®. Congenital toxoplasmosis was confirmed in 175 and ruled out in 42 infants. The validity of the ELISA tests was determined using the persistence of IgG antibodies (ELFA-VIDAS® kit at the end of 12 months, which is considered the reference test for the diagnosis of congenital toxoplasmosis. The frequency of positivity with IgGt against STAg, rSAG1 and rMIC3 was found in 97.2%, 96.3% and 80.2%, respectively, of the newborns with confirmed congenital toxoplasmosis. IgG1 reacted with all three antigens, while IgG3 and IgG4 reacted preferentially with rMIC3. Higher mean values of reactivity (sample optical density/cut-off were found for all subclasses when using rMIC3. All of the antigens showed high sensitivity and low specificity in detecting anti-T. gondii IgGt and IgG1 and low sensitivity and high specificity in detecting IgG3 and IgG4. In conclusion, the combined detection of IgG antibody subclasses against recombinant toxoplasmic antigens may be useful for the early diagnosis of congenital toxoplasmosis.

  17. Follow-up outcomes at 1 and 2 years of infants born less than 32 weeks after Newborn Individualized Developmental Care and Assessment Program.

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    Maguire, Celeste M; Walther, Frans J; van Zwieten, Paul H T; Le Cessie, Saskia; Wit, Jan M; Veen, Sylvia

    2009-04-01

    This was a randomized, controlled trial to investigate the effect of Newborn Individualized Developmental Care and Assessment Program on growth, cognitive, psychomotor, and neuromotor development at 1 and 2 years in infants born at basic developmental care group (control group [ie, incubator covers and nests]). At 1 and 2 years' corrected age, growth was measured and standardized neurologic examinations were administered. Mental and psychomotor development was assessed by using the Dutch version of the Bayley Scales of Infant Development II. Neurologic outcome, Psychomotor Developmental Index, and Mental Developmental Index scores were combined a total outcome measure. One hundred sixty-eight infants were recruited (intervention: 84; control: 84). Four infants (newborn intervention: 3; control: 1) were excluded because they were admitted less than or died within the first 5 days, leaving a total of 164 infants who met inclusion criteria. In-hospital mortality was 8 of 81 in the intervention group and 3 of 83 in the control group. At 1 year of age 148 children (intervention: 70; control: 78) and at 2 years of age 146 children (intervention: 68; control: 78) were assessed. There was no significant difference in growth at 1 and 2 years of age. There was no significant difference found in neurologic outcomes or mental and psychomotor development at 1 and 2 years of age. When neurologic outcome, Mental Developmental Index and Psychomotor Developmental Index scores were combined, there still remained no significant difference. Newborn individualized developmental care and assessment program developmental care showed no effect on growth or neurologic, mental, or psychomotor development at 1 and 2 years of age in infants born at <32 weeks. Duration of the intervention was not associated with neurologic and developmental outcome.

  18. Descriptive study of the complete blood count in newborn infants with Down syndrome.

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    Martínez-Macías, Francisco Javier; Bobadilla-Morales, Lucina; González-Cruz, Janet; Quiles-Corona, Moisés; Corona-Rivera, Alfredo; Peña-Padilla, Christian; Orozco-Vela, Mireya; Silva-Cruz, Rocío; Velarde-Rivera, Fernando; Corona-Rivera, Jorge Román

    2017-04-01

    The usefulness of the complete blood count (CBC) during the first week of life in infants with Down syndrome (DS) has been recognized; however, studies are limited and have evaluated only some of the parameters of the CBC. Here, we report a prospective study of 135 infants with cytogenetically confirmed DS and a reference group of 226 infants without birth defects all born during the period 2009-2015 at the Dr. Juan I. Menchaca Civil Hospital of Guadalajara (Guadalajara, Mexico). The goal was to evaluate hematological findings in the CBC during the first 7 days of life, interpreted according to gestational and postnatal age. Data were analyzed using multivariate logistic regression analysis expressed as adjusted odds ratio (aORs) with 95% confidence intervals (95% CIs). Infants with DS had a significantly higher risk for polycythemia (aOR = 12.4, 95% CI: 4.6-33.3), macrocytosis (aOR = 15.9, 95% CI: 1.8-143.4), high values of mean corpuscular hemoglobin (aOR = 36.4, 95% CI: 4.5-294.9), anisocytosis (red blood cells of unequal size) (aOR = 3.9, 95% CI: 2.1-7.6), thrombocytopenia (aOR = 32.4, 95% CI: 15.2-68.9), white blood cell (WBC) count ≥30 × 10(3) /µl (aOR = 19.4, 95% CI: 4.1-91.5), lymphocytosis (aOR = 73.3, 95% CI: 9.5-565.4), and basophilia (aOR = 16.8, 95% CI: 1.9-151.5). Overall, 74% of infants with DS in our study had polycythemia, thrombocytopenia, WBC count >30 × 10(3) /µl, or lymphocytosis (aOR = 35.6, 95% CI: 18.8-79.2). Compared with those in other studies, our infants with DS had distinctive hematological findings including a lower frequency of thrombocytopenia, infrequent neutrophilia, and frequent lymphocytosis and neutropenia. This suggests ethnic, socioeconomic, or nutritional differences. © 2017 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. © 2017 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  19. Parental experiences of providing skin-to-skin care to their newborn infant--part 2: a qualitative meta-synthesis.

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    Anderzén-Carlsson, Agneta; Lamy, Zeni C; Tingvall, Maria; Eriksson, Mats

    2014-01-01

    To synthesize and interpret qualitative research findings focusing on parental experiences of skin-to-skin care (SSC) for newborn infants. SSC induces many benefits for newborn infants and their parents. Three meta-analyses have been conducted on physiological outcomes, but no previous qualitative meta-synthesis on parental experiences of SSC has been identified. The present meta-synthesis was guided by the methodology described by Paterson and co-workers. Four databases were searched, without year or language limitations, up until December 2013. Manual searches were also performed. The searches and subsequent quality appraisal resulted in the inclusion of 29 original qualitative papers from 9 countries, reporting experiences from 401 mothers and 94 fathers. The meta-synthesis entails a meta-data analysis, analysis of meta-method, and meta-theory in the included primary studies. Based on the three analyses, the meta-synthesis represents a new interpretation of a phenomenon. The results of the meta-data analysis have been presented as a qualitative systematic review in a separate paper. When synthesizing and interpreting the findings from the included analyses, a theoretical model of Becoming a parent under unfamiliar circumstances emerged. Providing SSC seems to be a restorative as well as an energy-draining experience. A supportive environment has been described as facilitating the restorative experience, whereas obstacles in the environment seem to make the provision of SSC energy-draining for parents. When the process is experienced as positive, it facilitates the growth of parental self-esteem and makes the parents ready to assume full responsibility for their child. The results show that SSC can be interpreted not only as a family-including and important health care intervention but also in terms of actually becoming a parent. The process of becoming a parent in this specific situation is influenced by external factors in three different levels; family and

  20. Early additional food and fluids for healthy breastfed full-term infants.

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    Smith, Hazel A; Becker, Genevieve E

    2016-08-30

    Health organisations recommend exclusive breastfeeding for six months. However, the addition of other fluids or foods before six months is common in many countries. Recently, research has suggested that introducing solid food at around four months of age while the baby continues to breastfeed is more protective against developing food allergies compared to exclusive breastfeeding for six months. Other studies have shown that the risks associated with non-exclusive breastfeeding are dependent on the type of additional food or fluid given. Given this background we felt it was important to update the previous version of this review to incorporate the latest findings from studies examining exclusive compared to non-exclusive breastfeeding. To assess the benefits and harms of additional food or fluid for full-term healthy breastfeeding infants and to examine the timing and type of additional food or fluid. We searched the Cochrane Pregnancy and Childbirth Group's Trials Register (1 March 2016) and reference lists of all relevant retrieved papers. Randomised or quasi-randomised controlled trials in infants under six months of age comparing exclusive breastfeeding versus breastfeeding with any additional food or fluids. Two review authors independently assessed trials for inclusion and risk of bias, extracted data and checked them for accuracy. Two review authors assessed the quality of the evidence using the GRADE approach. We included 11 trials (2542 randomised infants/mothers). Nine trials (2226 analysed) provided data on outcomes of interest to this review. The variation in outcome measures and time points made it difficult to pool results from trials. Data could only be combined in a meta-analysis for one primary (breastfeeding duration) and one secondary (weight change) outcome. None of the trials reported on physiological jaundice. Infant mortality was only reported in one trial.For the majority of older trials, the description of study methods was inadequate to

  1. Oxidative stress in small-for-gestational age (SGA) term newborns and their mothers.

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    Gveric-Ahmetasevic, Snjezana; Sunjic, Suzana Borovic; Skala, Hana; Andrisic, Luka; Stroser, Marina; Zarkovic, Kamelija; Skrablin, Snjezana; Tatzber, Franz; Cipak, Ana; Jaganjac, Morana; Waeg, Georg; Gveric, Tugomir; Zarkovic, Neven

    2009-04-01

    This study used malondialdehyde (MDA) determination by HPLC and enzymatic assays for total serum peroxides and antioxidant capacity to evaluate oxidative stress in 47 healthy full-term small-for-gestational age (SGA) newborns vs 67 appropriate-for-gestational age (AGA) newborns. Blood samples were collected at delivery from umbilical cord artery and vein and from peripheral blood of the babies on the third day after birth. Blood samples of mothers were also collected and compared with blood of 29 normal non-pregnant women (NPW). Serum peroxide values were significantly higher in both groups of mothers than in NPW, decreasing towards the third day in AGA mothers, while persisting in SGA mothers. Antioxidant capacity of sera of both groups of mothers was lower than NPW. Both SGA mothers and babies had increased MDA at delivery, unlike AGA counterparts. MDA levels in umbilical vein were higher than in umbilical arteries, while immunohistochemistry revealed abundant presence of 4-hydroxynonenal (HNE)-protein adducts only in stroma of the SGA placenta. These results show that both mothers and babies are exposed to oxidative stress during and after delivery, which is more pronounced and persistent in the perinatal period of the SGA group, while lipid peroxidation in placenta could play a role in SGA pathophysiology.

  2. [The newborn infant of the drug addicted mother. Clinical and therapeutic problems].

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    González-Hachero, J; Arroyo Díez, J; López Delgado, J; Sáenz Rueguera, C; López Sanz, A; Santano Gallinato, M; Chunga Vega, F

    1989-09-01

    A revision of 16 newborns and their heroin-addicted mothers was carried out. The mean maternal age was 23.06 +/- 3.43 years, and mean duration of addiction was 3.07 +/- 1.43 years. The last dose of heroin was administered less than 24 hours prior to giving birth in every [corrected] case except one. Antenatal care was irregular and previous abortions were frequent. Two mothers had a history of syphilis, five had markers for anti-HIV antibodies. The mean duration of pregnancy was 37.8 +/- 2.28 weeks, and unknown in five cases. Mean birth weight was 2.715 +/- 281 g. Withdrawal symptoms were observed in 13 babies. Of these, 12 required treatment with phenobarbital and in 1 case with chlorpromazine as well. In 9 babies, hepatitis B prophylaxis was carried out and three had HIV antibodies.

  3. Neonatal Respiratory Diseases in the Newborn Infant: Novel Insights from Stable Isotope Tracer Studies.

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    Carnielli, Virgilio P; Giorgetti, Chiara; Simonato, Manuela; Vedovelli, Luca; Cogo, Paola

    2016-01-01

    Respiratory distress syndrome is a common problem in preterm infants and the etiology is multifactorial. Lung underdevelopment, lung hypoplasia, abnormal lung water metabolism, inflammation, and pulmonary surfactant deficiency or disfunction play a variable role in the pathogenesis of respiratory distress syndrome. High-quality exogenous surfactant replacement studies and studies on surfactant metabolism are available; however, the contribution of surfactant deficiency, alteration or dysfunction in selected neonatal lung conditions is not fully understood. In this article, we describe a series of studies made by applying stable isotope tracers to the study of surfactant metabolism and lung water. In a first set of studies, which we call 'endogenous studies', using stable isotope-labelled intravenous surfactant precursors, we showed the feasibility of measuring surfactant synthesis and kinetics in infants using several metabolic precursors including plasma glucose, plasma fatty acids and body water. In a second set of studies, named 'exogenous studies', using stable isotope-labelled phosphatidylcholine tracer given endotracheally, we could estimate surfactant disaturated phosphatidylcholine pool size and half-life. Very recent studies are focusing on lung water and on the endogenous biosynthesis of the surfactant-specific proteins. Information obtained from these studies in infants will help to better tailor exogenous surfactant treatment in neonatal lung diseases. © 2016 S. Karger AG, Basel.

  4. Desenvolvimento cerebral em recém-nascidos prematuros Cerebral development in preterm newborn infants

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    Andrea Peterson Zomignani

    2009-06-01

    2007 along with textbooks whose content was relevant. DATA SYNTHESIS: The development of preterm infants differs from term neonates. Studies have shown that children born prematurely have anatomical changes related to cognitive impairments in the central nervous system. Some regions seem vulnerable, such as white and gray matter, corpus callosum, caudate nucleus, hippocampus and cerebellum, when evaluated by volumetric neuroimaging techniques. Thus, one would expect some functional and/or learning impairment in children, adolescents and adults born prematurely. When evaluated in late childhood and adolescence, they show deficits in the intelligence quotient, memory, calculations skills and in the overall cognitive function. Motor coordination, attention, planning and association deficits are also reported in the literature. CONCLUSIONS: Prematurity can lead to structural and anatomical changes of the brain due to interruption of the prenatal development. These changes can cause functional deficits and children born prematurely are more vulnerable to cognitive and motor problems as well as its effects on their daily activities, even in adolescence and adulthood.

  5. The angle of insonation for Doppler measurements of left and right ventricular output in newborns and infants

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    Karin Sprenkelder

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Background: The angle of insonation can be an important determinant of Doppler-derived cardiac output measurements. It is known anatomically that there is a larger insonation angle for the left vs. right ventricular outflow area, but variability and calculated angles have not been described. The aim of this study was to describe the anatomical position of the left and right outflow areas and determine the geometric angle of insonation in newborn and infants. Methods: Magnetic resonance images of infants ≤ 2 years of age were explored. For each outflow, the position was determined relative to an anatomical reference point. To obtain the angle of insonation, the angle between the outflow and the hypothetical position of the ultrasound probe beam was calculated. Results: Forty-five patients were included with a median age of 71 days old. Anatomically, the left outflow is directed almost vertically upwards in sagittal images with a 40º angle to the right in coronal images. The right outflow is directed 53º upwards in sagittal images with a slight angle to the left on axial images. The median (range angle of insonation for the left ventricular outflow area using the apical or subcostal view was 40° (22-51 and 28° (7-47 respectively, and 23° (2-40 for the right ventricular outflow area using the parasternal view. Conclusions: The median geometric angle of insonation of the left outflow was larger than the right. The variation within the group was large, but in each individual case the angle for left was larger than for right.

  6. ABO incompatibility hemolytic disease following exchange transfusion 96 newborn

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    Khatami S.F

    2007-09-01

    Full Text Available Background: ABO incompatibility hemolytic disease of the newborn is a common cause of clinical jaundice and causes two-thirds of the hemolytic disease in newborns. This study was undertaken to determine the frequency of ABO incompatibility hemolytic disease and its complications in newborns undergoing exchange transfusion.Methods: This prospective and descriptive study was performed in jaundiced newborn infants during a three-year period. Inclusion criteria were: maternal blood type O, newborn blood type A or B, rising indirect hyperbilirubinemia in the first two days of life, positive immunohematologic test for newborns and exchange transfusion. Exclusion criteria were: incomplete information, other accompanying diseases that induce hyperbilirubinemia. All newborn infants received phototherapy before and after exchange transfusion. We did not use intravenous immunoglobulin, hemoxygenase inhibitor drugs and blood products before exchange transfusion.Results: Double-volume exchange transfusion via umbilical cord catheter was performed in 96 patients, 19 (20% of whom suffered from ABO incompatibility. Of these 19 newborns, two-thirds (13 were preterm infants. The minimum level of serum bilirubin was 10 mg/dl and the maximum serum bilirubin level was 35 mg/dl. In six patients (32% serum bilirubin levels were >25mg/dl. The most common blood group was type A for newborns. Immunohematologic tests were positive in 84% of the mothers. ABO incompatibility hemolytic disease was the fourth and second most common reasons for blood exchange transfusion in preterm and term infants, respectively. Laboratory complications were more common than clinical complications. The etiology of 48% of the alloimmunization and 42% of the hemolytic disease in these newborns was ABO incompatibility.Conclusions: Mothers with blood group O and newborns with blood group A or B with positive immunohematologic tests in first hours of life are at high risk for hemolytic disease

  7. A laminar flow unit for the care of critically ill newborn infants

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    Full Text Available Jose MR Perez,1 Sergio G Golombek,2 Carlos Fajardo,3 Augusto Sola41Stella Maris Hospital, International Neurodevelopment Neonatal Center (CINN, Sao Paulo, Brazil; 2M Fareri Children’s Hospital, Westchester Medical Center, New York Medical College, Valhalla, NY, USA; 3University of Calgary, Calgary, Canada; 4St Jude Hospital, Fullerton, California, CA, USAIntroduction: Medical and nursing care of newborns is predicated on the delicate control and balance of several vital parameters. Closed incubators and open radiant warmers are the most widely used devices for the care of neonates in intensive care; however, several well-known limitations of these devises have not been resolved. The use of laminar flow is widely used in many fields of medicine, and may have applications in neonatal care.Objective: To describe the neonatal laminar flow unit, a new equipment we designed for care of ill newborns.Methods: The idea, design, and development of this device was completed in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The unit is an open mobile bed designed with the objective of maintaining the advantages of the incubator and radiant warmer, while overcoming some of their inherent shortcomings; these shortcomings include noise, magnetic fields and acrylic barriers in incubators, and lack of isolation and water loss through skin in radiant warmers. The unit has a pump that aspirates environmental air which is warmed by electrical resistance and decontaminated with High Efficiency Particulate Air Filter (HEPA filters (laminar flow. The flow is directed by an air flow directioner. The unit has an embedded humidifier to increase humidity in the infant’s microenvironment and a servo control mechanism for regulation of skin temperature.Results: The laminar flow unit is open and facilitates access of care providers and family, which is not the case in incubators. It provides warming by convection at an air velocity of 0.45 m/s, much faster than an incubator (0.1 m/s. The system

  8. Timing of clamping and factors associated with iron stores in full-term newborns

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    Oliveira, Fabiana de Cássia Carvalho; Assis, Karine Franklin; Martins, Mariana Campos; do Prado, Mara Rúbia Maciel Cardoso; Ribeiro, Andréia Queiroz; Sant’Ana, Luciana Ferreira da Rocha; Priore, Silvia Eloiza; Franceschini, Sylvia do Carmo Castro

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    OBJECTIVE To analyze the impact of timing of clamping and obstetric, biological and socioeconomic factors on the iron stores of full-term newborns. METHODS Cross-sectional study between October 2011 and July 2012 in which hematological parameters were evaluated for newborns in Viçosa, MG, Southeastern Brazil. It involved collecting 7 mL of umbilical cord blood from 144 full-term not underweight newborns. The parameters investigated were complete blood count, serum iron, ferritin and C-reactive protein. The time of umbilical cord clamping was measured using a digital timer without interfering in the procedures of childbirth. The birth data were collected from Live Birth Certificates and other information was obtained from the mother through a questionnaire applied in the first month postpartum. Analysis of multiple linear regression was then used to estimate the influence of biological, obstetrics and socioeconomic factors on the ferritin levels at birth. RESULTS The median ferritin was 130.3 µg/L (n = 129, minimum = 16.4; maximum = 420.5 µg/L), the mean serum iron was 137.9 μg/dL (n = 144, SD = 39.29) and mean hemoglobin was 14.7 g/dL (n = 144, SD = 1.47). The median time of cord clamping was 36 seconds, ranging between 7 and 100. The bivariate analysis detected an association between ferritin levels and color of the child, timing clamping of 60 seconds, type of delivery, the presence of gestational diabetes and per capita family income. In multivariate analysis, the variables per capita income, number of antenatal visits and length at birth accounted for 22.0% of variation in ferritin levels. CONCLUSIONS Iron stores at birth were influenced by biological, obstetric and social characteristics. Tackling anemia should involve creating policies aimed at reducing social inequalities, improving the quality of antenatal care, as well as implementing a criterion of delayed clamping of the umbilical cord within the guidelines of labor. PMID:24789632

  9. [Urinary antigen test as a screen for the diagnosis of beta-hemolytic streptococcal infections in newborn infants].

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    Hulzebos, C V; Peereboom, W A; Degener, J E; de Vries, T W

    1998-08-29

    To differentiate between neonates with high and low risk of infections caused by group B beta-haemolytic streptococci (GBS), by using the urinary group B streptococcal antigen test. Retrospective. Medical Centre Leeuwarden and Public Health Laboratory, Friesland, the Netherlands. In a period of two years clinical, haematological and microbiological (including urinary group B streptococcal antigen detection) data were collected in newborns and their mothers who met one or more of the following criteria: a previous affected child, prolonged (> or = 12 hrs) rupture of membranes, fever in labour, unexpected preterm delivery, unexplained perinatal asphyxia. On the basis of surveillance cultures a colonization rate was made. GBS infection was 'suspected' in an unwell infant with a 'high' colonization rate; infection with GBS was 'proved' by a positive blood culture with GBS. 6 of 342 neonates had an infection with GBS. Risk of invasive infection increased with higher colonization rates. Sensitivity of the antigen test to detect colonization was low, sensitivity to detect neonatal infection was high (51 versus 100%). The negative predictive value of urinary antigen testing was 100%. Prolonged rupture of membranes (1.5% risk of infection) and maternal fever (5%) were the most important risk factors. In healthy neonates with risk factors but with a negative antigen detection test the risk of GBS infection is extremely low. In children with a risk factor a positive test result can indicate heavy colonization or infection. These children should be carefully observed and examined.

  10. Fibular aplasia, tibial campomelia, and oligosyndactyly in a male newborn infant: a case report and review of the literature.

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    Courtens, Winnie; Jespers, Ann; Harrewijn, Inge; Puylaert, Dirk; Vanhoenacker, Filip

    2005-04-30

    We report on a male newborn with a rarely described congenital limb deficiency syndrome consisting of shortening and anterior bowing of the right lower limb at the distal third of the tibia with associated overlying soft tissue dimpling, oligodactyly of the right foot, and a left-sided oligosyndactyly of the hand. The right hand and left lower limb were clinically normal. Radiographic examination revealed complete absence of the right fibula, absence of the right-sided Vth ray, and anterior bowing and shortening of the right-sided tibia. Femora, humeri, ulnae, and radii were normal. The infant had neither facial dysmorphia nor other associated anomalies. A limb deficiency syndrome comparable to this case has been reported in a female by Hecht and Scott, the only report classified under OMIM 246570 so far. We found two other reports describing three cases comparable to our case and the female reported by Hecht and Scott, and reviewed these cases. The major common findings in all the five cases consist of fibular aplasia, tibial campomelia, and oligosyndactyly. Therefore, we propose to name it fibular aplasia-tibial campomelia-oligosyndactyly (FATCO) syndrome. Additional case reports are needed for further delineation of this rare limb deficiency syndrome.

  11. Disparities in mortality rates among US infants born late preterm or early term, 2003-2005.

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    King, Jennifer P; Gazmararian, Julie A; Shapiro-Mendoza, Carrie K

    2014-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to identify disparities in neonatal, post-neonatal, and overall infant mortality rates among infants born late preterm (34-36 weeks gestation) and early term (37-38 weeks gestation) by race/ethnicity, maternal age, and plurality. In analyses of 2003-2005 data from US period linked birth/infant death datasets, we compared infant mortality rates by race/ethnicity, maternal age, and plurality among infants born late preterm or early term and also determined the leading causes of death among these infants. Among infants born late preterm, infants born to American Indian/Alaskan Native, non-Hispanic black, or teenage mothers had the highest infant mortality rates per 1,000 live births (14.85, 9.90, and 11.88 respectively). Among infants born early term, corresponding mortality rates were 5.69, 4.49, and 4.82, respectively. Among infants born late preterm, singletons had a higher infant mortality rate than twins (8.59 vs. 5.62), whereas among infants born early term, the rate was higher among twins (3.67 vs. 3.15). Congenital malformations and sudden infant death syndrome were the leading causes of death among both late preterm and early term infants. Infant mortality rates among infants born late preterm or early term varied substantially by maternal race/ethnicity, maternal age, and plurality. Information about these disparities may help in the development of clinical practice and prevention strategies targeting infants at highest risk.

  12. Disparities in Mortality Rates Among US Infants Born Late Preterm or Early Term, 2003–2005

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    Gazmararian, Julie A.; Shapiro-Mendoza, Carrie K.

    2015-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to identify disparities in neonatal, post-neonatal, and overall infant mortality rates among infants born late preterm (34–36 weeks gestation) and early term (37–38 weeks gestation) by race/ethnicity, maternal age, and plurality. In analyses of 2003–2005 data from US period linked birth/infant death datasets, we compared infant mortality rates by race/ethnicity, maternal age, and plurality among infants born late preterm or early term and also determined the leading causes of death among these infants. Among infants born late preterm, infants born to American Indian/Alaskan Native, non-Hispanic black, or teenage mothers had the highest infant mortality rates per 1,000 live births (14.85,9.90, and 11.88 respectively). Among infants born early term, corresponding mortality rates were 5.69, 4.49, and 4.82, respectively. Among infants born late preterm, singletons had a higher infant mortality rate than twins (8.59 vs. 5.62), whereas among infants born early term, the rate was higher among twins (3.67 vs. 3.15). Congenital malformations and sudden infant death syndrome were the leading causes of death among both late preterm and early term infants. Infant mortality rates among infants born late preterm or early term varied substantially by maternal race/ ethnicity, maternal age, and plurality. Information about these disparities may help in the development of clinical practice and prevention strategies targeting infants at highest risk. PMID:23519825

  13. Incidence of congenital toxoplasmosis estimated by neonatal screening: relevance of diagnostic confirmation in asymptomatic newborn infants.

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    Carvalheiro, C G; Mussi-Pinhata, M M; Yamamoto, A Y; De Souza, C B S; Maciel, L M Z

    2005-06-01

    Congenital toxoplasmosis is rarely identified by routine clinical examination. The aim of this study was to estimate the incidence of the disease in the region of Ribeirão Preto, south-eastern Brazil. A definitive diagnosis was made on the basis of the persistence of anti-Toxoplasma IgG antibodies beyond 1 year of age. Blood samples obtained from 15,162 neonates and adsorbed onto filter paper were tested for anti-Toxoplasma IgM antibodies. Fifteen samples gave positive results. A definitive diagnosis was confirmed in five of the 13 infants (38.5%) who completed follow-up. These five infants presented with serum IgM and/or IgA antibodies, and clinical abnormalities. Disease incidence was estimated to be 3.3/10,000 (95% CI 1.0-7.7), indicating the need for preventive measures. Neonatal screening is feasible, but screening tests with a better performance are required; positive screening results must be carefully confirmed.

  14. Mimo pillow--an intelligent cushion designed with maternal heart beat vibrations for comforting newborn infants.

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    Chen, Wei; Oetomo, Sidarto Bambang; Tetteroo, Daniel; Versteegh, Frank; Mamagkaki, Thelxi; Pereira, Mariana Serras; Janssen, Lindy; van Meurs, Andrea

    2015-05-01

    Premature infants are subject to numerous interventions ranging from a simple diaper change to surgery while residing in neonatal intensive care units. These neonates often suffer from pain, distress, and discomfort during the first weeks of their lives. Although pharmacological pain treatment often is available, it cannot always be applied to relieve a neonate from pain or discomfort. This paper describes a nonpharmacological solution, called Mimo, which provides comfort through mediation of a parent's physiological features to the distressed neonate via an intelligent pillow system embedded with sensing and actuating functions. We present the design, the implementation, and the evaluation of the prototype. Clinical tests at Máxima Medical Center in the Netherlands show that among the nine of ten infants who showed discomfort following diaper change, a shorter recovery time to baseline skin conductance analgesimeter values could be measured when the maternal heartbeat vibration in the Mimo was switched ON and in seven of these ten a shorter crying time was measured.

  15. Improving the outcome of bacterial meningitis in newborn infants in Africa: reflections on recent progress.

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    Molyneux, Elizabeth M; Dube, Queen; Newberry, Laura

    2015-06-01

    There has been a reduction in overall under fives mortality (UFM) but neonatal mortality has not fallen at the same rate as for older children. Bacterial meningitis remains a common, often unrecognized and devastating illness in many African newborns with high mortality and morbidity. Further progress in reducing UFM has to focus on quality of care for neonates. Recent efforts to improve diagnosis, treatment and outcome are reviewed. Diagnosis is often unsupported by laboratory tests and efforts have been made to improve the clinical diagnosis of bacterial meningitis. Simpler, robust bedside tests are being devised. The cause of bacterial meningitis is changing and first-line antimicrobial therapy and adjuvant therapies are evaluated. Programmes to reduce risk factors and prevent neonatal infections are identified. Neonatal care needs to improve in first referral hospitals with simple, low-cost, validated measures provided as bundles of care for both mother and child. First-line antibiotic therapy must be reconsidered in the light of increased infections by multiresistant and Gram-negative bacteria. Studies are needed for effective and safe lengths of antimicrobial therapy, the role of adjuvant therapy and the best anticonvulsants to use.

  16. Standardised formal resuscitation training programmes for reducing mortality and morbidity in newborn infants.

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    Dempsey, Eugene; Pammi, Mohan; Ryan, Anthony C; Barrington, Keith J

    2015-09-04

    Approximately 10% of all newborns require resuscitation at birth. Training healthcare providers in standardised formal neonatal resuscitation training (SFNRT) programmes may improve neonatal outcomes. Substantial healthcare resources are expended on SFNRT. To determine whether SFNRT programmes reduce neonatal mortality and morbidity, improve acquisition and retention of knowledge and skills, or change teamwork and resuscitation behaviour. We searched the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL), MEDLINE, PREMEDLINE, EMBASE, CINAHL, Web of Science and the Oxford Database of Perinatal Trials, ongoing trials and conference proceedings in April 2014 and updated in March 2015. Randomised or quasi-randomised trials including cluster-randomised trials, comparing a SFNRT with no SFNRT, additions to SFNRT or types of SFNRT, and reporting at least one of our specified outcomes. Two authors extracted data independently and performed statistical analyses including typical risk ratio (RR), risk difference (RD), mean difference (MD), and number needed to treat for an additional beneficial outcome (NNTB) or an additional harmful outcome (NNTH) (all with 95% confidence intervals (CI)). We analysed cluster-randomised trials using the generic inverse variance and the approximate analysis methods. We identified two community-based and three manikin-based trials that assessed the effect of SFNRT compared with no SFNRT. Very low quality evidence from one study suggested improvement in acquisition of knowledge (RR 5.96, 95% CI 3.60 to 9.87) and skills (RR 170, 95% CI 10.8 to 2711) and retention of knowledge (RR 3.60, 95% CI 2.43 to 5.35) and the other study suggested improvement in resuscitation and behavioural scores.We identified three community-based cluster-randomised trials in developing countries comparing SFNRT with basic resuscitation training (Early Newborn Care). In this setting, there was moderate quality evidence that SFNRT decreased early neonatal mortality

  17. Irreversible Respiratory Failure in a Full-Term Infant with Features of Pulmonary Interstitial Glycogenosis as Well as Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia

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    Maresa E. C. Jiskoot-Ermers

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    Full Text Available Pulmonary interstitial glycogenosis (PIG is a rare interstitial lung disease in the newborns. We report on the clinical presentation and pathological findings of a full-term male infant with pulmonary hypertension requiring extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO. An open lung biopsy demonstrated interstitial changes resembling pulmonary interstitial glycogenosis as well as bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD, without convincing evidence of maturational arrest, infection, alveolar proteinosis, or alveolar capillary dysplasia. The boy was treated with glucocorticoids and, after a few days, was weaned from ECMO. A few hours later, the patient died due to acute severe pulmonary hypertension with acute right ventricular failure. The etiology and underlying pathogenic mechanisms of PIG are unknown. The clinical outcomes are quite varied. Deaths have been reported when PIG exists with abnormal lung development and pulmonary vascular growth and congenital heart disease. No mortality has been reported in PIG together with BPD in full-term infants. In this article, we reported on a full-term infant with interstitial changes resembling PIG and BPD who expired despite no convincing evidence of an anatomical maturational arrest or congenital heart disease.

  18. In praise of a doctor who welcomes the newborn infant person.

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    Trevarthen, Colwyn

    2013-08-01

    This article recalls how Dr. Berry Brazelton, in the past 50 years, has transformed pediatrics and childcare and supported parents' understanding of their young children. Berry's work as a pediatrician and basic research in the psychobiology of childbirth and infant communication and care have proved to be richly complementary. Brazelton and the author were fortunate to meet in the context of the wide exploration of human nature and adaptations of human intelligence for cooperative life encouraged by Jerome Bruner's vision of how cultural awareness of meaning may be generated in affectionate relations from infancy. This opened a new awareness of the adaptations of the human mind for sharing the creation of a meaningful world by exploring playful imagination with companions. © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  19. Perinatal Outcomes of Newborn Infants Conceived by Assisted Reproductive Techniques in Royan Institute

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    Sharareh Dadashloo

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    Full Text Available Background: The outcomes of such pregnancies have been rarely evaluated in our country. Adescriptive study was planned to assess the health and condition of neonates conceived with assistedtechniques in a one year period.Materials and Methods: At Royan Institute, Tehran, 443 women who became pregnant by oneof the assisted techniques in vitro fertilization (IVF, intrauterine insemination (IUI andintracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI enrolled in a descriptive study during 16 month periodbeginning on September, 2007. The sampling method used was non-incidental, consecutive.Questionnaires regarding the contents of the baby birth card were completed after interviews withthe mothers. The time from fertilization of the ovum until delivery was considered as the gestational(conception age. Pregnant mothers were under periodic evaluation until delivery. Women withstillborn babies were followed via phone contact.Results: From a total of 443 conceptions, there were 13 (2.9% pregnancies demised in utero(stillbirths and 10 (2.6% who died during the neonatal period. Additionally, 133 (43% infantswere born after multifetal pregnancies and 96 (31% infants were prematurely born. There were 106(34.3% infants with low birth weight (LBW; less than 2500 g, of which 83 (78.3% LBW infantswere multiplets. After completion of the study, 71 women were still passing their pregnancy periodand no assessed.Conclusion: The most important factor for untoward perinatal events was multifetal pregnancy. Suchpregnancies were more frequently complicated and higher risk. Low birth weight and prematuritywere more frequent in singletons conceived by assisted techniques in respect to control singletons.

  20. A study of the effects of pinealectomy on intestinal cell proliferation in infant newborn rats

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    Dalio Marcelo Belini

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    Full Text Available PURPOSE: Study the proliferation rate of jejunum and large intestine crypt epithelial cells, in rats pinealectomized immediately after borning. METHODS: Twenty-four male Wistar rats were distributed into two groups: Acute group (n=12 and Chronic group (n=12. Six animals of each group were operated for removal of the pineal gland (pinealectomy-PnX, and other six were controls (sham pinealectomy-C. Animals from acute and chronic group were sacrificed 15 and 90 days after the surgery, respectively. RESULTS: In acute group, pinealectomy of new-born rats has not caused significant alteration in cell proliferation (PnX=58,77?1,77 and C=60,88?1,10 in the descending colon/ PnX=31,56?0,45 and C=31,73?0,47 in the proximal jejunum and in crypt cell population (PnX=24,92?4,82 and C=23,60?2,48 in the descending colon/ PnX=39,92?3,49 and C=44,32?5,56 in the proximal jejunum. However, in chronic group there was an uprising crypt cell production per crypt in the proximal jejunum (PnX=57,54?2,19 and C=47,19?7,3and in the descending colon (PnX=37,78?2,22 and C=17,92?2,28. CONCLUSION: As the increase of intestinal crypts epithelial cells in chronic group is a carcinogenesis predetermining factor, the understanding of the interaction between pineal gland and this event has great importance.

  1. Dissociating Long and Short-term Memory in Three-Month-Old Infants Using the Mismatch Response to Voice Stimuli

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    Katharina Zinke

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    Full Text Available Auditory event-related potentials (ERPs have been successfully used in adults as well as in newborns to discriminate recall of longer-term and shorter-term memories. Specifically the Mismatch Response (MMR to deviant stimuli of an oddball paradigm is larger if the deviant stimuli are highly familiar (i.e., retrieved from long-term memory than if they are unfamiliar, representing an immediate change to the standard stimuli kept in short-term memory. Here, we aimed to extend previous findings indicating a differential MMR to familiar and unfamiliar deviants in newborns (Beauchemin et al., 2011, to 3-month-old infants who are starting to interact more with their social surroundings supposedly based on forming more (social long-term representations. Using a voice discrimination paradigm, each infant was repeatedly presented with the word “baby” (400 ms, interstimulus interval: 600 ms, 10 min overall duration pronounced by three different female speakers. One voice that was unfamiliar to the infants served as the frequently presented “standard” stimulus, whereas another unfamiliar voice served as the “unfamiliar deviant” stimulus, and the voice of the infant’s mother served as the “familiar deviant.” Data collection was successful for 31 infants (mean age = 100 days. The MMR was determined by the difference between the ERP to standard stimuli and the ERP to the unfamiliar and familiar deviant, respectively. The MMR to the familiar deviant (mother’s voice was larger, i.e., more positive, than that to the unfamiliar deviant between 100 and 400 ms post-stimulus over the frontal and central cortex. However, a genuine MMR differentiating, as a positive deflection, between ERPs to familiar deviants and standard stimuli was only found in the 300–400 ms interval. On the other hand, a genuine MMR differentiating, as a negative deflection, between ERPs to unfamiliar deviants from ERPs to standard stimuli was revealed for the 200–300 ms

  2. The prognostic value of proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy in term newborns treated with therapeutic hypothermia following asphyxia

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    Sijens, Paul E.; Wischniowsky, Katharina; ter Horst, Hendrik J.

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    Objective: The purpose of this study was to correlate brain metabolism assessed shortly after therapeutic hyperthermia by H-1 magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS), with neurodevelopmental outcome. Methods: At the age of 6.0 +/- 1.8 days, brain metabolites of 35 term asphyxiated newborns, treated

  3. Learning, Play, and Your Newborn

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    ... and weeks of life, newborns can recognize their mother's voice. Your infant will respond to your voice ( ... particularly during fussy times. Smile, stick out your tongue, and make other expressions for your infant to ...

  4. Using Stochastic modelling to identify unusual continuous glucose monitor measurements and behaviour, in newborn infants

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    Signal Matthew

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    Full Text Available Abstract Background Abnormal blood glucose (BG concentrations have been associated with increased morbidity and mortality in both critically ill adults and infants. Furthermore, hypoglycaemia and glycaemic variability have both been independently linked to mortality in these patients. Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM devices have the potential to improve detection and diagnosis of these glycaemic abnormalities. However, sensor noise is a trade-off of the high measurement rate and must be managed effectively if CGMs are going to be used to monitor, diagnose and potentially help treat glycaemic abnormalities. Aim To develop a tool that will aid clinicians in identifying unusual CGM behaviour and highlight CGM data that potentially need to be interpreted with care. Methods CGM data and BG measurements from 50 infants at risk of hypoglycaemia were used. Unusual CGM measurements were classified using a stochastic model based on the kernel density method and historical CGM measurements from the cohort. CGM traces were colour coded with very unusual measurements coloured red, highlighting areas to be interpreted with care. A 5-fold validation of the model was Monte Carlo simulated 25 times to ensure an adequate model fit. Results The stochastic model was generated using ~67,000 CGM measurements, spread across the glycaemic range ~2-10 mmol/L. A 5-fold validation showed a good model fit: the model 80% confidence interval (CI captured 83% of clinical CGM data, the model 90% CI captured 91% of clinical CGM data, and the model 99% CI captured 99% of clinical CGM data. Three patient examples show the stochastic classification method in use with 1 A stable, low variability patient which shows no unusual CGM measurements, 2 A patient with a very sudden, short hypoglycaemic event (classified as unusual, and, 3 A patient with very high, potentially un-physiological, glycaemic variability after day 3 of monitoring (classified as very unusual. Conclusions

  5. [Medical treatment of chylous effusions in newborn infants. Apropos of 3 cases].

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    Jernite, M; Donato, L; Favre, R; Haddad, J; Esposito, M; Messer, J

    1992-11-01

    Chylous effusions are the most frequent cause of non immunologic hydrops fetalis. They can be recognized antenatally by ultrasonography. Their evacuation is sometimes necessary and medical treatment often effective. Case n. 1: fetal ascites was detected by ultrasonography at the 30th week of gestation. Paracentesis was performed at 36 weeks, followed 3 days later by spontaneous delivery. The newborn was fed milk formula. A second paracentesis showed a milky fluid, rich in cholesterol, triglycerides and chylomicrons. The child was fed formula rich in medium-chain triglycerides and the chylous ascites disappeared completely within 2 weeks. Case n. 2: a diagnosis of bilateral hydrothorax and hydramnios was made at the 27th week of gestation. An in utero evacuation of the hydrothorax performed at the 30th week was ineffective and a pleuro-amniotic drainage was performed 2 weeks later. The baby was born at the 35th week, and presented a moderate respiratory distress due to the hydrothorax and ascites. Aspiration of the thoracic fluid confirmed its chylous origin. The chylous effusions completely disappeared when the child was fed a high medium chain triglycerides diet. A lymphedema of legs appeared at the age of 1 month. Case n. 3: ascites, hydramnios, hydrothorax and peripheral edema were found at the 21st week of a third pregnancy (the 2 first pregnancies were complicated by lethal hydrops fetalis). Bilateral hydrothorax and peripheral edema were found again after birth at the 37th week. Diuresis and albumin-infusion led to recovery, but chylothorax and chylous ascites reaccumulated after introduction of milk formula, despite repeated evacuations and feeding medium-chain triglycerides formula. The thoracic fluid remains chylous at the age of 9 months. In utero, and sometimes post-natal, evacuation of fluid present in the thoracic and peritoneal cavities can be necessary, depending of the functional tolerance. Medical management including feeding a low fat and/or high

  6. Effects of employment and education on preterm and full-term infant mortality in Korea.

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    Ko, Y-J; Shin, S-H; Park, S M; Kim, H-S; Lee, J-Y; Kim, K H; Cho, B

    2014-03-01

    The infant mortality rate is a sensitive and commonly used indicator of the socio-economic status of a population. Generally, studies investigating the relationship between infant mortality and socio-economic status have focused on full-term infants in Western populations. This study examined the effects of education level and employment status on full-term and preterm infant mortality in Korea. Data were collected from the National Birth Registration Database and merged with data from the National Death Certification Database. Prospective cohort study. In total, 1,316,184 singleton births registered in Korea's National Birth Registration Database between January 2004 and December 2006 were included in the study. Multivariate logistic regression analysis was performed. Paternal and maternal education levels were inversely related to infant mortality in preterm and full-term infants following multivariate adjusted logistic models. Parental employment status was not associated with infant mortality in full-term infants, but was associated with infant mortality in preterm infants, after adjusting for place of birth, gender, marital status, paternal age, maternal age and parity. Low paternal and maternal education levels were found to be associated with infant mortality in both full-term and preterm infants. Low parental employment status was found to be associated with infant mortality in preterm infants but not in full-term infants. In order to reduce inequalities in infant mortality, public health interventions should focus on providing equal access to education. Copyright © 2013 The Royal Society for Public Health. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  7. [Newborn infants of mothers addicted to heroin. Study of 45 cases].

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    Morena, V; Omeñaca Teres, F; Moyano, I; Cano, M; Quero Jiménez, J

    1988-01-01

    Authors have studied 45 babies born during past five years to drug-addicted mothers. Increase in number han been remarkable: from 0.095 per thousand live births in 1980 to 1.57 in 1984. There was and 16.3% incidence for preterm infants, 34.8% for low birth weight and 18.6% were small for gestational age. One third (30.2%) suffered infections, mostly sepsis. Morbidity was high in these babies, caused mainly by prematurity. Drug withdrawal syndrome appeared in 26 babies (60.4%) at an age of 13 +/- 10 hours. Fifteen of these babies (57.6%) required pharmacological treatment during 10 +/- 7.3 days, with a good response, and only two cases needed treatment for more than a month. There were no deaths in the neonatal period. In our experience children of heroin addicted mothers form a group difficult to study because their parents give not reliable data, they have high morbidity and true problems begin when they leave hospital.

  8. Staphylococcus epidermidis isolated from newborn infants express pilus-like structures and are inhibited by the cathelicidin-derived antimicrobial peptide LL37.

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    Nelson, Annika; Hultenby, Kjell; Hell, Eva; Riedel, Hilde M; Brismar, Hjalmar; Flock, Jan-Ingmar; Lundahl, Joachim; Giske, Christian G; Marchini, Giovanna

    2009-08-01

    Coagulase-negative staphylococci and its subtype Staphylococcus epidermidis are major indigenous Gram-positive inhabitants of the human skin. Colonization occurs in direct connection with birth and terrestrial adaptation. This study focuses on factors that may influence skin colonization of the newborn infant that relates to the immune status of both the bacteria and the host. Skin is an effective barrier against bacteria, and this function is partly mediated by the presence of antimicrobial peptides including human cathelicidin peptide LL37. Gram-positive bacteria have been described to have adhesive pili on their surface that mediates specific attachment to the host. Here, we identify, by negative staining transmission electron microscopy (EM), two different types of pilus-like structures commonly expressed on S. epidermidis isolated from newborn infants. We also show that the cathelicidin antimicrobial peptide LL37, constitutively expressed in the skin barrier of the newborn, significantly inhibited growth of S. epidermidis indicating its importance for the ecological stability of the skin microbiota. Further studies are required to elucidate molecular mechanisms of host-microbe interactions, both for the maintenance of a mutually beneficial homeostatic relationship and for the protection of self when it results in overt disease.

  9. Diuretics for transient tachypnoea of the newborn.

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    Kassab, Manal; Khriesat, Wadah M; Anabrees, Jasim

    2015-11-21

    Transient tachypnoea of the newborn (TTN) results from delayed clearance of lung liquid and is a common cause of admission of full-term infants to neonatal intensive care units. The condition is particularly common after elective caesarean section. Conventional treatment involves appropriate oxygen administration and continuous positive airway pressure in some cases. Most infants receive antibiotic therapy. Hastening the clearance of lung liquid may shorten the duration of the symptoms and reduce complications. To determine whether diuretic administration reduces the duration of oxygen therapy and respiratory symptoms and shortens hospital stay in term infants presenting with transient tachypnoea of the newborn. An updated search was carried out in September 2015 of the following databases: the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL) (The Cochrane Library issue 9, 2015), MEDLINE via Ovid, EMBASE, PubMed, and CINAHL via OVID. We included randomised and quasi-randomised controlled trials that compared the effect of diuretics administration versus placebo or no treatment in infants of less than seven days of age, born at 37 or more weeks of gestation with the clinical picture of transient tachypnoea of the newborn. We extracted and analysed data according to the methods outlined in the latest Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions. Two review authors assessed trial quality in each potentially eligible manuscript and two review authors extracted data. Our previous systematic review included two trials enrolling a total of 100 infants with transient tachypnoea of the newborn (Wiswell 1985; Karabayir 2006). The updated search revealed no new trials. Wiswell 1985 randomised 50 infants to receive either oral furosemide (2 mg/kg body weight at time of diagnosis followed by a 1 mg/kg dose 12 hours later if the tachypnoea persisted) or placebo. Karabayir 2006 randomised 50 infants to receive either intravenous furosemide (2 mg/kg body

  10. Electromyographic activity of preterm newborns in the kangaroo position: a cohort study

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    Miranda, Rafael Moura; Cabral Filho, José Eulálio; Diniz, Kaísa Trovão; Souza Lima, Geisy Maria; Vasconcelos, Danilo de Almeida

    2014-01-01

    Objective To compare the electromyographic activity of preterm newborns placed in the kangaroo position with the activity of newborns not placed in this position. Design A cohort study. Setting A Kangaroo Unit sector and a Nursery sector in a secondary and tertiary care at a mother-child hospital in Recife, Brazil. Participants Preterm infants of gestational age 27–34 weeks (n=38) and term infants (n=39). Primary and secondary outcome measures Surface electromyography was used to investigate ...

  11. Effect of infant and follow-on formulas containing B lactis and galacto- and fructo-oligosaccharides on infection in healthy term infants.

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    Bocquet, Alain; Lachambre, Emmanuelle; Kempf, Christian; Beck, Laurence

    2013-08-01

    The aim of the present study was to compare the effect of Bifidobacterium animalis subspecies lactis (B lactis) alone or with 90% galacto-oligosaccharide (GOS) and 10% fructo-oligosaccharide (FOS) on infections in infants. In a multicenter trial, healthy, term, newborn infants ages 42 days or younger whose mothers had decided not to breast-feed beyond this age received infant and follow-on formulas containing B lactis (10 colony-forming units/g) + GOS/FOS (0.4 g/100 mL, intention-to-treat, n = 261) or B lactis alone (10⁷ colony-forming units/g, intention-to-treat, n = 267). Investigators accessed computer-generated randomization sequences via a remote server. Infants were exclusively fed formulas until 4 to 6 months of age and along with complementary feeding thereafter up to 12 months. The primary outcome was the mean number of annual infections reported by the investigators. Secondary outcomes were mean gains in anthropometric measurements, frequency of antibiotic use, and occurrence of adverse events based on investigators' records at each visit and gastrointestinal tolerance (daily stool frequency and consistency) and volume of formula intake recorded in 6-day diaries by parents. Mean ± standard deviation infection rates in infants followed up to 12 months (full analysis set) were 4.9 ± 3.2 per infant per year in the B lactis + GOS/FOS group (n = 219) and 4.5 ± 3.0 per infant per year in the B lactis group (n = 220; analysis of variance, P = 0.18). Mean daily weight gain was slightly lower in the B lactis + GOS/FOS than the B lactis group (16.1 ± 2.9 vs 16.6 ± 2.6 g/day, P = 0.046), but was not clinically significant. Other outcomes were not significantly different between groups. Formulas containing B lactis + GOS/FOS did not reduce infection rates beyond those containing only B lactis.

  12. Spontaneous movements in the supine position of healthy term infants and preterm infants with or without periventricular leukomalacia.

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    Kouwaki, Masanori; Yokochi, Mitsuko; Togawa, Yasuko; Kamiya, Takeshi; Yokochi, Kenji

    2013-04-01

    The individual motor elements presumed to be essential for motor development were determined from spontaneous movements involving the entire body of normal term and preterm infants. Then, diagnostic items for motor abnormality in infants with periventricular leukomalacia (PVL) were investigated. Video recordings of 24 healthy term infants, 21 normal preterm infants (8 males, 13 females; median gestational age 30 weeks; median birth weight 1216g) and 14 preterm infants with PVL (6 males, 8 females; median gestational age 30 weeks; median birth weight 1360g) were analyzed. In healthy term infants, predominant shoulder rotation was noticed until 1 month of age. After 2 months of age, isolated movements of the shoulder, elbow, hip, knee, and ankle frequently emerged. In preterm infants with PVL at the corrected age of 2 months, startle response and predominant shoulder rotation were more frequently seen and isolated neck, shoulder, elbow, hip, knee, and ankle movements were less frequently seen than in the normal preterm infants (Fisher's exact test, p<0.025). At 2 months of age, isolated movements evolve, and their failure to occur is suggested to be a useful sign for the diagnosis of cerebral motor disorders. Copyright © 2012 The Japanese Society of Child Neurology. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  13. Intracranial haemorrhage: an incidental finding at magnetic resonance imaging in a cohort of late preterm and term infants

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    Sirgiovanni, Ida; Groppo, Michela; Bassi, Laura; Passera, Sofia; Schiavolin, Paola; Fumagalli, Monica; Mosca, Fabio [Universita degli Studi di Milano, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Department of Clinical Science and Community Health, Fondazione IRCCS Ca' Granda Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico, Milan (Italy); Avignone, Sabrina; Cinnante, Claudia; Triulzi, Fabio [Universita degli Studi di Milano, Department of Neuroradiology, Fondazione IRCCS Ca' Granda Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico, Milan (Italy); Lista, Gianluca [V. Buzzi Children' s Hospital, ICP, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Milan (Italy)

    2014-03-15

    Intracranial haemorrhage (ICH) in term newborns has been increasingly recognised but the occurrence in late preterm infants and the clinical presentation are still unclear. To investigate the appearance of intracranial haemorrhage at MRI in a cohort of infants born at 34 weeks' gestation or more and to correlate MRI findings with neonatal symptoms. We retrospectively reviewed neonatal brain MRI scans performed during a 3-year period. We included neonates ≥34 weeks' gestation with intracranial haemorrhage and compared findings with those in babies without intracranial haemorrhage. Babies were classified into three groups according to haemorrhage location: (1) infratentorial, (2) infra- and supratentorial, (3) infra- and supratentorial + parenchymal involvement. Intracranial haemorrhage was observed in 36/240 babies (15%). All of these 36 had subdural haemorrhage. Sixteen babies were included in group 1; 16 in group 2; 4 in group 3. All infants in groups 1 and 2 were asymptomatic except one who was affected by intraventricular haemorrhage grade 3. Among the infants in group 3, who had intracranial haemorrhage with parenchymal involvement, three of the four (75%) presented with acute neurological symptoms. Uncomplicated spontaneous vaginal delivery was reported in 20/36 neonates (56%), vacuum extraction in 4 (11%) and caesarean section in 12 (33%). Babies with intracranial haemorrhage had significantly higher gestational age (38 ± 2 weeks vs. 37 ± 2 weeks) and birth weight (3,097 ± 485 g vs. 2,803 ± 741 g) compared to babies without intracranial haemorrhage and were more likely to be delivered vaginally than by caesarian section. Mild intracranial haemorrhage (groups 1 and 2) is relatively common in late preterm and term infants, although it mostly represents an incidental finding in clinically asymptomatic babies; early neurological symptoms appear to be related to parenchymal involvement. (orig.)

  14. Why does the Iranian national program of screening newborns for G6PD enzyme deficiency miss a large number of affected infants?

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    Kosaryan, Mehrnoush; Mahdavi, Mohammad Reza; Jalali, Hossein; Roshan, Payam

    2014-02-01

    G6PD enzyme deficiency is one of the most prevalent genetic disorders worldwide and it has high incidence rate in Northern provinces of Iran. It was observed that national neonatal screening for G6PD enzyme deficiency fails to detect all affected infants. In order to clarify the cause, this study has been done in Thalassemia Research Center, Sari, Iran. This was a diagnostic study. The newborns with parents of Mazandarani origin were enrolled. Cord blood from the placental side was collected and used for decolorization test, quantitative enzyme assay (QEA) and DNA study. A heel-prick sample collected on day 3-5 after birth was used for fluorescent spot test (FST). In male cases, QEA was considered as the gold standard. For females, DNA study was considered as the gold standard. Based on QEA test results, neonates with deficient and partial deficient, respectively. A total of 365 neonates (52.3% females and 47.7% males) were studied. According to FST, 13 male newborns had G6PD deficiency. No deficient female was detected. Decolorization test diagnosed 18 male and one female as G6PD deficient newborns. QEA diagnosed 19 males and 28 females with G6PD enzyme deficiency (26 partial, 2 total deficient cases). DNA analysis detected 14 males as hemizygote and 34 females as heterozygote. FST does not have the required sensitivity for newborn screening and QEA is recommended as the preferred method.

  15. The effect of clofibrate and phototherapy on physiological jaundice in term newborns

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    Amir Hosein Hashemian

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available Background: Clofibrate is an effective anti lipid agent that induces glucuronyltransferase could increase bilirubin conjugation. The aim of this study was to evaluate effect of clofibrate on neonatal physiologic jaundice.Methods: Randomized clinical trial sampling method used and 60 healthy term neonates which were admitted in Imam Reza Hospital of Kermanshah-Iran because of indirect hyperbilirubinemia enrolled into the study. 30 neonates (case group were treated with single oral dose of clofibrate (100/mg plus phototherapy and 30 neonates (control group received only phototherapy. Serum total and direct bilirubin levels were measured at admission, 12 hours later, and then every 24 hours until 96 hours. Results: There were no significant difference between two groups regarding to gender, age, weight and total serum bilirubin level at the admission. Mean values for total bilirubin of serum in case group 12, 24 and 48 hours after admission were significantly lower than control group (P<0.001. The mean of needed time for phototherapy in case group was significantly less than the control group (P<0.00l.Conclusion: It seems that clofibrate plus phototherapy is effective for treatment of neonatal physiologic jaundice in healthy term newborns, although further studies are necessary for evaluation of clofibrate safety as a routine treatments.

  16. Prognostic correlative values of the late-infancy MRI pattern in term infants with perinatal asphyxia.

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    Tekgul, Hasan; Serdaroglu, Gul; Yalman, Osman; Tutuncuoglu, Sarenur

    2004-07-01

    The aim of this study was to define the risk ratios of the late-infancy magnetic resonance imaging pattern for long-term outcome in term infants with perinatal asphyxia. We evaluated 65 term infants with perinatal asphyxia and performed magnetic resonance imaging examinations between 4-12 months of age. Magnetic resonance imaging scans were classified as follows: (1) periventricular leukomalacia in 21 (32%) infants, (2) marked cortical atrophy in 17 (26%) infants, (3) multicystic encephalomalacia in 10 (15%) infants, (4) deep gray matter involvement in 8 (12%) infants, (5) focal cortical involvement in 6 (9%) infants, (6) myelination delay in 3 (5%) infants. The overall outcome was favorable in 19 (29%) of 65 infants. Infants with diffuse cortical involvement (multicystic encephalomalacia and marked cortical atrophy) are four times (odds ratio: 4.4 and 4.1 respectively) more likely to attain the unfavorable outcome than the infants with other patterns of magnetic resonance imaging. Infants with focal cortical involvement had relatively favorable outcome in 60% of the cases. In conclusion, it appears that the overall outcome of infants with perinatal asphyxia correlated well with the magnetic resonance imaging patterns obtained between 4 and 12 months of age.

  17. Inter-society consensus document on treatment and prevention of bronchiolitis in newborns and infants.

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    Baraldi, Eugenio; Lanari, Marcello; Manzoni, Paolo; Rossi, Giovanni A; Vandini, Silvia; Rimini, Alessandro; Romagnoli, Costantino; Colonna, Pierluigi; Biondi, Andrea; Biban, Paolo; Chiamenti, Giampietro; Bernardini, Roberto; Picca, Marina; Cappa, Marco; Magazzù, Giuseppe; Catassi, Carlo; Urbino, Antonio Francesco; Memo, Luigi; Donzelli, Gianpaolo; Minetti, Carlo; Paravati, Francesco; Di Mauro, Giuseppe; Festini, Filippo; Esposito, Susanna; Corsello, Giovanni

    2014-10-24

    Acute bronchiolitis is the leading cause of lower respiratory tract infection and hospitalization in children less than 1 year of age worldwide. It is usually a mild disease, but some children may develop severe symptoms, requiring hospital admission and ventilatory support in the ICU. Infants with pre-existing risk factors (prematurity, bronchopulmonary dysplasia, congenital heart diseases and immunodeficiency) may be predisposed to a severe form of the disease. Clinical diagnosis of bronchiolitis is manly based on medical history and physical examination (rhinorrhea, cough, crackles, wheezing and signs of respiratory distress). Etiological diagnosis, with antigen or genome detection to identify viruses involved, may have a role in reducing hospital transmission of the infection. Criteria for hospitalization include low oxygen saturation (bronchiolitis, and the mainstay of therapy is supportive care. This consists of nasal suctioning and nebulized 3% hypertonic saline, assisted feeding and hydration, humidified O2 delivery. The possible role of any pharmacological approach is still debated, and till now there is no evidence to support the use of bronchodilators, corticosteroids, chest physiotherapy, antibiotics or antivirals. Nebulized adrenaline may be sometimes useful in the emergency room. Nebulized adrenaline can be useful in the hospital setting for treatment as needed. Lacking a specific etiological treatment, prophylaxis and prevention, especially in children at high risk of severe infection, have a fundamental role. Environmental preventive measures minimize viral transmission in hospital, in the outpatient setting and at home. Pharmacological prophylaxis with palivizumab for RSV bronchiolitis is indicated in specific categories of children at risk during the epidemic period. Viral bronchiolitis, especially in the case of severe form, may correlate with an increased incidence of recurrent wheezing in pre-schooled children and with asthma at school age

  18. Visual Short-Term Memory for Complex Objects in 6- and 8-Month-Old Infants

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    Kwon, Mee-Kyoung; Luck, Steven J.; Oakes, Lisa M.

    2014-01-01

    Infants' visual short-term memory (VSTM) for simple objects undergoes dramatic development: Six-month-old infants can store in VSTM information about only a simple object presented in isolation, whereas 8-month-old infants can store information about simple objects presented in multiple-item arrays. This study extended this work to examine…

  19. An experimental study on mother-infant skin-to-skin contact in full-terms

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    Beijers, R.; Cillessen, L.J.G.; Zijlmans, M.A.C.

    2016-01-01

    In premature infants, daily skin-to-skin contact (SSC) has various beneficial effects on the health of the infant and the mother. These beneficial effects might extend to full-term infants. This experimental within-subject study examines the immediate effects of SSC on full-terms’ cortisol

  20. Improvement in long-term breastfeeding for very preterm infants.

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    Sharp, Mary; Campbell, Catherine; Chiffings, Debbie; Simmer, Karen; French, Noel

    2015-04-01

    The extensive health benefits of breastfeeding preterm infants for both mother and infant have been widely reported. However, establishing and maintaining breastfeeding for very preterm (VP) infants remain challenging. The aim of this study was to examine changes in breastfeeding of VP infants over time. Breastfeeding questionnaires were administered to two cohorts of parents of VP infants (breastfeeding in C2 compared with those in C1 (65.6%) (pbenefits of breastfeeding were endorsed by more women in C2 (45.8%) compared with C1 (11.4%) (pbreastfeeding of the VP infant over time. This improvement was associated with attitudinal shifts in mothers about the benefits of breastfeeding.

  1. Assessment of Primitive Reflexes in High-risk Newborns.

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    Sohn, Min; Ahn, Youngmee; Lee, Sangmi

    2011-12-01

    Assessment of primitive reflexes is one of the earliest, simplest, and most frequently used assessment tools among health care providers for newborns and young infants. However, very few data exist for high-risk infants in this topic. Among the various primitive reflexes, this study was undertaken particularly to describe the sucking, Babinski and Moro reflexes in high-risk newborns and to explore their relationships with clinical variables. This study is a cross-sectional descriptive study. Sixty seven high-risk newborns including full-term infants required intensive care as well as premature infants were recruited in a neonatal intensive care unit using convenient sampling method. The sucking, Babinski and Moro reflexes were assessed and classified by normal, abnormal and absence. To explore their relationships with clinical variables, birth-related variables, brain sonogram results, and behavioral state (the Anderson Behavioral State Scale, ABSS) and mental status (the Infant Coma Scale, ICS) were assessed. The sucking reflex presented a normal response most frequently (63.5%), followed by Babinski reflex (58.7%) and Moro reflex (42.9%). Newborns who presented normal sucking and Babinski reflex responses were more likely to have older gestational age, heavier birth and current weight, higher Apgar scores, shorter length of hospitalization, better respiratory conditions, and better mental status assessed by ICS, but not with Moro reflex. High risk newborns presented more frequent abnormal and absence responses of primitive reflex and the proportions of the responses varied by reflex. Further researches are necessary in exploring diverse aspects of primitive reflexes and revealing their clinical implication in the high-risk newborns that are unique and different to normal healthy newborns. Primitive reflex; High risk infants; Korean; Moro reflex; Sucking reflex; Babinski reflex; The Anderson Behavioral State Scale; Infant Coma Scale.

  2. Low Incidence Of Extensor Plantar Reflex In Newborns In An ...

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    Background The plantar reflex has been reported to be predominantly flexor in African infants and in African subjects with lesions of the corticospinal tracts. This study was done to determine the incidence of extensor plantar reflex in healthy full-term newborns in an indigenous African population. Methods Healthy term ...

  3. Infrastructure and Educational Needs of Newborn Screening Short-Term Follow-Up Programs within the Southeast Regional Newborn Screening & Genetics Collaborative: A Pilot Survey

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    Cecelia A. Bellcross

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available Newborn screening (NBS follow-up protocols vary significantly by state, and there is a need to better understand the infrastructure and communication flow of NBS programs. In addition, assessment of the educational needs of families and providers with regard to the implications of NBS results is required to inform the development of appropriate informational resources and training opportunities. To begin to address these issues, we administered a web-based survey to state NBS coordinators within the Southeast Regional Newborn Screening & Genetics Collaborative (SERC. Fourteen coordinators responded to the survey, including at least one from each of the 10 SERC states/territories. Over one-third of respondents had never received formal training regarding the metabolic conditions identified on NBS. Most communicated results via telephone or fax, though two centers indicated use of a web-based platform. Only two programs were involved in directly reporting results to the family. Four programs reported a long-term follow-up protocol. Deficits were noted for primary care provider (PCP knowledge of metabolic disorders identified on NBS, and how to inform parents of abnormal results. Close to half indicated that the adequacy of the number of genetic counselors, dietitians, and medical/biochemical geneticists was minimal to insufficient. Respondents uniformly recognized the importance of providing additional educational and informational resources in multiple categories to NBS staff, PCPs, and families.

  4. Home care practices for preterm and term infants after hospital discharge in Massachusetts, 2007 to 2010.

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    Hwang, S S; Lu, E; Cui, X; Diop, H; Barfield, W D; Manning, S E

    2015-10-01

    The objective of this study was to compare the prevalence of home care practices in very to moderately preterm (VPT), late preterm (LPT) and term infants born in Massachusetts. Using 2007 to 2010 Massachusetts Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System data, births were categorized by gestational age (VPT: 23 to 33 weeks; LPT: 34 to 36 weeks; term: 37 to 42 weeks). Home care practices included breastfeeding initiation and continuation, and infant sleep practices (supine sleep position, sleeping in a crib, cosleeping in an adult bed). We developed multivariate models to examine the association of infant sleep practices and breastfeeding with preterm status, controlling for maternal sociodemographic characteristics. Supine sleep position was more prevalent among term infants compared with VPT and LPT infants (77.1%, 71.5%, 64.4%; P=0.02). In the adjusted model, LPT infants were less likely to be placed in supine sleep position compared with term infants (adjusted prevalence ratio=0.86; 95% confidence interval: 0.75 to 0.97). Breastfeeding initiation and continuation did not differ among preterm and term groups. Nearly 16% of VPT and 18% of LPT and term infants were not sleeping in cribs and 14% of LPT and term infants were cosleeping on an adult bed. Compared with term infants, LPT infants were less likely to be placed in supine sleep position after hospital discharge. A significant percent of preterm and term infants were cosleeping on an adult bed. Hospitals may consider improving their safe sleep education, particularly to mothers of LPT infants.

  5. Evaluation of peripheral perfusion in term newborns before and after Yintang (EX-HN 3) massage.

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    Tugcu, Ali Ulas; Cabioglu, Tugrul; Abbasoglu, Aslihan; Ecevit, Ayse; Ince, Deniz Anuk; Tarcan, Aylin

    2015-12-01

    To identify how acupressure on the acupoint Yintang (EX-HN 3) impacts oxygen saturation, pulse rate, and peripheral perfusion in term-born infants without underlying disease. Infants born between weeks 37 and 42 of gestation were included in this study. The polyclinic's neonatology room was noise-controlled and made half-dark to prevent the perfusion index from being confounded. A pulse oximeter was linked to the baby's left lower extremity. Acupressure was applied on Yintang (EX-HN 3) for 30 s clockwise, held for 30 s, and then acupressure was applied for another 30 s counterclockwise. The baby's SaO2, pulse rate, and perfusion index were recorded for each minute before and after acupressure. When pre- and post-acupressure pulse rate values were compared, a significant decrease in pulse rate values after acupressure application was observed. When pre- and post-acupressure oxygen saturation values were compared, a significant increase in post-acupressure oxygen saturation was observed. In addition, peripheral perfusion increased significantly after acupressure. Acupressure application has been used in traditional medicine for many years. However, it is not yet widely used in modern medicine. This study shows the impact of acupressure on neonatal skin perfusion, oxygen saturation, and pulse rate.

  6. Increased DNA Methylation of ABCB1, CYP2D6, and OPRM1 Genes in Newborn Infants of Methadone-Maintained Opioid-Dependent Mothers.

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    McLaughlin, Poppy; Mactier, Helen; Gillis, Cheryl; Hickish, Tamas; Parker, Anton; Liang, Wei-Jun; Osselton, M David

    2017-11-01

    To investigate whether in utero opioid exposure, which has been linked to adverse neurodevelopmental and social outcomes, is associated with altered DNA methylation of opioid-related genes at birth. Observational cohort study of 21 healthy methadone-maintained opioid-dependent mother-infant dyads consecutively delivered at >36 weeks of gestation, and 2 comparator groups: smoking, "deprived" opioid-naïve mother-infant dyads (n = 17) and nonsmoking, "affluent" opioid-naïve mother-infant dyads (n = 15). DNA methylation of ABCB1, CYP2D6, and OPRM1 genes for mothers and babies was determined from buccal swabs. Plasma methadone concentrations were additionally measured for methadone-maintained opioid-dependent mothers. DNA methylation for ABCB1 and CYP2D6 was similar in opioid-naïve infants compared with their mothers, but was less for OPRM1 (3 ± 1.6% vs 8 ± 1%, P methadone at delivery, or postcode of residence. In utero exposure to opioids is associated with increased methylation of opioid-related genes in the newborn infant. It is not clear whether these findings are due to opioid exposure per se or other associated lifestyle factors. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  7. Comparative Study of Nutritive Sucking in the Newborn (Premature and Full-Term)

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    Cortial, Christiane; Lezine, Irene

    1974-01-01

    Describes a graphic analysis of the disorganized sucking patterns in premature infants, and points out the psychoprophylactic importance of individually appropriate feeding procedures which should be used in the care of premature infants. (Author/CS)

  8. Massive Myocardial Infarction in a Full-Term Newborn: A Case Report

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    Vlasta Fesslova

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available A full-term female newborn with neonatal asphyxia and severe anemia (Hb 2.5 g/dL with normal heart developed a massive myocardial infarction. No examinations were performed during pregnancy for parental nomadism. The baby had immediate external cardiac massage, ventilatory assistance, and blood transfusion. Cardiomegaly was evident at chest X-ray and marked signs of ischemia-lesion at ECG. Echocardiography showed dilated, hypertrophic, and hypocontractile left ventricle (LV, mitral and tricuspid regurgitation, and moderate pericardial effusion. Rh isoimmunization and infective agents were excluded at laboratory tests. Despite the treatment with inotropes, hydrocortisone, and furosemide, the baby worsened and died at 45 hours of life. Postmortem examination showed diffuse subendocardial infarction of LV and diffuse parenchymal hemorrhages and myocardial hypertrophy, increase of eosinophilia, and polymorphonucleated cells at histology. Our patient suffered apparently from longstanding fetal anemia of unknown etiology that led to perinatal distress, severe hypoxia, and massive myocardial infarction, unresponsive to the therapy.

  9. Supine sleep positioning in preterm and term infants after hospital discharge from 2000 to 2011.

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    Hwang, S S; Smith, R A; Barfield, W D; Smith, V C; McCormick, M C; Williams, M A

    2016-09-01

    Supine sleep positioning (SSP) has been shown to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and preterm infants are at higher risk for SIDS. Population-based estimates of SSP are lacking for the preterm population. The objectives of this study are: (1) compare the prevalence of SSP after hospital discharge for preterm and term infants in the United States; and (2) assess racial/ethnic disparities in SSP for preterm and term infants. We analyzed the 2000 to 2011 data from the Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from 35 states. We measured prevalence of SSP by preterm and term gestational age (GA) categories. We calculated adjusted prevalence ratios (APR) to evaluate the likelihood of SSP for each GA category compared with term infants and the likelihood of SSP for non-Hispanic black (NHB) and Hispanic infants compared with non-Hispanic white (NHW) infants. Prevalence of SSP varied by GA: ⩽27, 59.7%; 28 0/7 to 33 6/7, 63.7%; 34 0/7 to 36 6/7 (late preterm), 63.6%; and 37 0/7 to 42 6/7 (term) weeks, 66.8% (Ppreterm infants were slightly less likely to be placed in SSP compared with term infants (APR: 0.96, confidence interval: 0.95 to 0.98). There were racial/ethnic disparities in SSP for all GA categories when NHB and Hispanic infants were compared with NHW infants. All infants had suboptimal adherence to SSP indicating a continued need to better engage families about SSP. Parents of late preterm infants and families of NHB and Hispanic infants will also require greater attention given their decreased likelihood of SSP.

  10. Hyper lucent hemithorax in the newborn and infant: distinct diseases with similar radiographic features; Hipertransparencia toracica unilateral no neonato e lactente: patologias distintas com aspecto radiografico semelhante

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    Doria, Andrea S.; Torre, Marcia B.; Bogus, Luis C.; Andrade, Marcio R.; Barba, Mario F.; Losasso, Jose A.L.; Bunduki, Victor; Scatigno Neto, Andre; Zugaib, Marcelo [Hospital das Clinicas, Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil)

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    The authors describe three diseases that can present as hyperlucent hemithorax: cystic adenomatoid malformation unilateral pulmonary agenesis, and diaphragmatic hernia. They present four cases of cystic adenomatoid malformation, one of them associated with extralobar pulmonary sequestration, one case of left pulmonary agenesis and two cases of diaphragmatic hernia, respectively, Bochdalek and Morgagni. The authors discuss the pathological and radiological findings of different organic diseases with similar chest X-ray features in the newborn and infant, presented radiologically as hyperlucent hemithorax. (author) 27 refs., 14 figs.

  11. Auditory neuropathy spectrum disorder in the wider health context: experiences of parents whose infants have been identified through newborn hearing screening programme.

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    Uus, Kai; Young, Alys; Day, Marianne

    2012-03-01

    This paper presents an insight into the parental experiences of how parents made sense of having their child identified with auditory neuropathy spectrum disorder (ANSD), given the broader context of their child's other health issues. Qualitative narrative study. Twenty-one families participated whose children had been identified with ANSD through the newborn hearing screening programme. The majority of parents in the sample were overwhelmed with perinatal health issues and initially gave the diagnosis of ANSD very low priority. An understanding of parents' perspective is particularly relevant to everyone involved in early support and management of infants with ANSD.

  12. Long-term exposure to indoor air pollution and wheezing symptoms in infants

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    Raaschou-Nielsen, O.; Hermansen, M.N.; Loland, L.

    2010-01-01

    of an association between long-term exposure to indoor air pollution and wheezing symptoms in infants, suggesting that indoor air pollution is not causally related to the underlying disease. Practical Implications Nitrogen oxides, formaldehyde and fine particles were measured in the air in infants' bedrooms......Long-term exposure to air pollution is suspected to cause recurrent wheeze in infants. The few previous studies have had ambiguous results. The objective of this study was to estimate the impact of measured long-term exposure to indoor air pollution on wheezing symptoms in infants. We monitored...... wheezing symptoms in diaries for a birth cohort of 411 infants. We measured long-term exposure to nitrogen oxides (NO(x)), NO(2), formaldehyde, PM(2.5) and black smoke in the infants' bedrooms and analyzed risk associations during the first 18 months of life by logistic regression with the dichotomous end...

  13. Respiratory syncytial virus hospitalization outcomes and costs of full-term and preterm infants.

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    McLaurin, K K; Farr, A M; Wade, S W; Diakun, D R; Stewart, D L

    2016-11-01

    Infection with respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), which causes lower respiratory tract infections, is the leading cause of hospitalization among children preterm and full-term infants without chronic lung disease or other high-risk conditions. This analysis used Truven Health Market Scan Multi-State Medicaid and Commercial Claims and Encounters databases, which contain a combined 4 million births from 2003 to 2013. Infants with comorbid conditions associated with increased risk for RSV infection were excluded. Infants were classified as preterm (position. Costs of RSV hospitalizations were captured and reported in 2014 USD. Inpatient claims for RSV hospitalizations were evaluated for the presence of codes indicating admission to the intensive care unit (ICU), use of mechanical ventilation (MV) and length of stay. These three measures were used to describe hospital severity. Chronologic age at the time of RSV hospitalization was also captured. Data were summarized and no statistical comparisons were conducted. There were 1 683 188 infants insured through Medicaid and 1 663 832 infants insured through commercial plans born from 1 July 2003 to 30 June 2013. Of those, 10.8 and 8.8% in each database, respectively, were born prematurely. There were 29 967 Medicaid-insured infants and 16 310 commercially insured infants with an RSV hospitalization during their first year of life. Mean first-year RSV hospitalization costs were higher for preterm infants, ranging from $8324 and $10 570 for full-term infants to $15 839 and $19 931 for preterm infants 33-34 wGA, and to $39 354 and $40 813 for preterm infants preterm infants, with longer lengths of stay, a higher proportion of infants admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) and increased use of MV compared with full-term infants. Mean costs of RSV hospitalizations with a PICU admission ranged from approximately $35 000 to $89 000. In both Medicaid and commercial groups, costs were greater for

  14. Maternal anxiety and satisfaction following infant hearing screening: a comparison of the health visitor distraction test and newborn hearing screening.

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    Crockett, Rachel; Baker, Holly; Uus, Kai; Bamford, John; Marteau, Theresa M

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    Newborn hearing screening is currently replacing the health visitor distraction test (HVDT) conducted at eight months. Our previous research indicates that recall for further tests following newborn hearing screening can have a negative impact on the emotional well being of mothers, but it is not known if this is greater than that caused by recall following the distraction test. To compare the impact on maternal anxiety and satisfaction of recall following newborn hearing screening and the HVDT. Four groups participated: 27 mothers of babies receiving a satisfactory result and 21 mothers of babies recalled after the HVDT 26 mothers of babies receiving a satisfactory result and 16 mothers of babies recalled after newborn hearing screening. Questionnaires assessing maternal anxiety, worry and certainty about the babies' hearing, satisfaction with and attitudes towards the screening test were sent to mothers three weeks and six months following screening. Comparison of the effects of receipt of different results showed no significant differences in maternal anxiety, worry and certainty between the two tests. Those mothers whose babies had a newborn hearing screening test were significantly more satisfied, regardless of the result received. Those who received a satisfactory result on the newborn hearing screening programme also had more positive attitudes towards that screening test than those receiving a satisfactory result following the HVDT. These results suggest that newborn hearing screening does not have a more negative emotional impact than the HVDT.

  15. Long chain polyunsaturated fatty acid supplementation in infants born at term.

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    Jasani, Bonny; Simmer, Karen; Patole, Sanjay K; Rao, Shripada C

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    The long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (LCPUFA) docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and arachidonic acid (AA) are considered essential for maturation of the developing brain, retina and other organs in newborn infants. Standard infant milk formulae are not supplemented with LCPUFA; they contain only alpha-linolenic acid and linoleic acid, from which formula-fed infants must synthesise their own DHA and AA, respectively. Over the past few years, some manufacturers have added LCPUFA to formula milk and have marketed these products as providing an advantage for the overall development of full-term infants. To assess whether supplementation of formula milk with LCPUFA is both safe and beneficial for full-term infants, while focusing on effects on visual function, neurodevelopment and physical growth. Two review authors independently searched the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL; December 2016), MEDLINE (Ovid, 1966 to December 2016), Embase (Ovid, 1980 to December 2016), the Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature (CINAHL; 1980 to December 2016) and abstracts of the Pediatric Academic Societies (2000 to 2016). We applied no language restrictions. We reviewed all randomised controlled trials (RCTs) evaluating effects of LCPUFA supplemented versus non-supplemented formula milk on visual function, neurodevelopment and physical growth. We did not include trials reporting only biochemical outcomes. Two review authors extracted data independently. We assessed risk of bias of included studies using the guidelines of the Cochrane Neonatal Review Group. When appropriate, we conducted meta-analysis to determine a pooled estimate of effect. We identified 31 RCTs and included 15 of these in the review (N = 1889).Nine studies assessed visual acuity, six of which used visual evoked potentials (VEP), two Teller cards and one both. Four studies reported beneficial effects, and the remaining five did not. Meta-analysis of three RCTs showed significant

  16. Identification of coronary artery anatomy on dual-source cardiac computed tomography before arterial switch operation in newborns and young infants: comparison with transthoracic echocardiography.

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    Goo, Hyun Woo

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    Considering inherent limitations of transthoracic echocardiography, the diagnostic accuracy of cardiac CT in identifying coronary artery anatomy before arterial switch operation needs to be investigated with recently improved coronary artery visibility using electrocardiogram (ECG)-synchronized dual-source CT. To compare diagnostic accuracy between cardiac CT using a dual-source scanner and transthoracic echocardiography in identifying coronary artery anatomy before arterial switch operation in newborns and young infants. The study included 101 infants (median age 4 days, range 0 days to 10 months; M:F=78:23) who underwent ECG-synchronized cardiac dual-source CT and transthoracic echocardiography before arterial switch operation between July 2011 and December 2016. We evaluated and classified coronary artery anatomy on cardiac CT and transthoracic echocardiography. With the surgical findings as the reference standard, we compared the diagnostic accuracy for identifying coronary artery anatomy between cardiac CT and transthoracic echocardiography. The most common coronary artery pattern was the usual pattern (left coronary artery from sinus 1 and right coronary artery from sinus 2; 64.4%, 65/101), followed by a single coronary artery from sinus 2 and a conal branch from sinus 1 (7.9%, 8/101), the inverted pattern (5.9%, 6/101), the right coronary artery and left anterior descending artery from sinus 1 and the left circumflex artery from sinus 2 (5.9%, 6/101), and others. In 96 infants with surgically proven coronary artery anatomy, the diagnostic accuracy of cardiac CT was significantly higher than that of transthoracic echocardiography (91.7%, 88/96 vs. 54.2%, 52/96; Pswitch operation in newborns and young infants.

  17. [Influence of work status of mothers on the weight of full-term newborns].

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    Güemez-Sandoval, J C; Bermúdez-Meléndez, I; Camacho-Lozano, T; Coronel-Rodríguez, L A; Echeverría-Silva, M G; García-Navarrete, M E; Moysen-Márquez, F A; Nieto-Tapia, A; Peñafiel-Grijalva, A; Pineda-Molina, J L

    1990-10-01

    Birth weight is considered as the most important indicator of growth and intrauterine development as well as the nutritional status of the newborn. Several reports have demonstrated the influence of both biological and social variables on low birth weight, among which being discussed is the influence of the mothers work activities. Two hundred and thirty-two newborns were studied at the Regional Hospital "20 de Noviembre" of the Institute de Seguridad y Servicios Sociales para los Trabajadores del Estado (ISSSTE) and selected based on inclusion and exclusion criteria which homogenized the sample and allowed to associate the work status of the mother with the low birth weight of the child. The somatometric data of the newborns was obtained from official registrars from the Perinatology Ward and directly from the mothers who were interviewed. The results did not significant statistical differences in the weight of the newborns of those mothers who do work than in those who don't. It was concluded that for this sample, the favorable socioeconomic fund established by a double family income apparently compensates any disadvantages which the work activity could have on the newborns' weight.

  18. A longitudinal study of urinary phthalate excretion in 58 full-term and 67 preterm infants from birth through 14 months.

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    Frederiksen, Hanne; Kuiri-Hänninen, Tanja; Main, Katharina M; Dunkel, Leo; Sankilampi, Ulla

    2014-09-01

    Some phthalates have shown antiandrogenic effects in rat offspring. Premature infants may be exposed to high amounts of specific phthalates during hospitalization, and thus are potentially at risk. We evaluated longitudinal phthalate exposure and metabolism in full-term (FT) and preterm (PT) infants. Fifty-eight FT and 67 PT (gestational age, 24.7-36.6 weeks) infants were recruited at birth and followed until 14 months (nine times). Urinary concentrations of metabolites of diethyl phthalate (DEP), dibutyl phthalate isomers (DiBP and DnBP), butylbenzyl phthalate (BBzP), di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP), and diisononyl phthalate (DiNP) were measured in 894 samples. Daily intake and a hazard index for antiandrogenic effects were estimated, and excretion patterns of DEHP and DiNP metabolites were analyzed. Metabolites of BBzP, DiNP, and DEHP were 5-50 times higher at day 7 (D7) and month 1 (M1) in PT than in FT infants. Thereafter, metabolite concentrations were similar between the two groups. The estimated hazard index for combined DiBP, DnBP, BBzP, and DEHP exposures 7 days after birth exceeded the antiandrogenic threshold in > 80% of PT and > 30% of FT infants, and after M2, in 30% of all infants. The excretion pattern of DEHP and DiNP metabolites changed with age. Most PT infants and approximately one-third of healthy FT newborns were exposed to phthalates during early life at a potentially harmful level according to the European Food Safety Authority's recommended limits of daily exposure. Changes in the relative proportions of secondary phthalate metabolites over time were consistent with maturation of infant metabolic pathways during the first year of life. Further research is needed on the health effects of phthalate exposures and the influence of changes in metabolic capacity in neonates and infants.

  19. The influence of IgM-enriched immunoglobulin therapy on neonatal mortality and hematological variables in newborn infants with blood culture-proven sepsis.

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    Abbasoğlu, Aslıhan; Ecevit, Ayşe; Tuğcu, Ali Ulaş; Yapakçı, Ece; Tekindal, Mustafa Agah; Tarcan, Aylin; Ecevit, Zafer

    2014-01-01

    The aim of this study was to determine the effects of adjuvant immunoglobulin M (IgM)-enriched intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) therapy on mortality rate, hematological variables and length of hospital stay in newborn infants with blood culture-proven sepsis. Demographic and clinical features and outcome measures of 63 newborn infants with blood culture-proven sepsis were documented retrospectively from the medical records. The patients were divided into two groups according to their treatment history. The patients in Group 1 received antibiotic therapy only and the patients in Group 2 received both antibiotic and adjuvant IgMenriched IVIG. The study revealed that mortality rates were 28.1% and 12.9% in Group 1 and Group 2, respectively. The mortality rate was lower in Group 2, but the difference between the two groups was not statistically significant (p=0.21). Coagulase-negative Staphylococcus was the most common type of bacteria isolated from the blood culture in both groups. When changing laboratory results were compared between the two groups, hemoglobin, leukocyte count and C-reactive protein levels were different during the first three days of antibiotic treatment. Our study revealed that if diagnosed at an early stage and treated aggressively with appropriate and effective antibiotics, adjuvant IgM-enriched IVIG treatment has no additional benefits in neonatal sepsis.

  20. Air Mattresses Linked to More Than 100 Infant Deaths

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  1. Tolerance of a standard intact protein formula versus a partially hydrolyzed formula in healthy, term infants

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    Marunycz John D

    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Parents who perceive common infant behaviors as formula intolerance-related often switch formulas without consulting a health professional. Up to one-half of formula-fed infants experience a formula change during the first six months of life. Methods The objective of this study was to assess discontinuance due to study physician-assessed formula intolerance in healthy, term infants. Infants (335 were randomized to receive either a standard intact cow milk protein formula (INTACT or a partially hydrolyzed cow milk protein formula (PH in a 60 day non-inferiority trial. Discontinuance due to study physician-assessed formula intolerance was the primary outcome. Secondary outcomes included number of infants who discontinued for any reason, including parent-assessed. Results Formula intolerance between groups (INTACT, 12.3% vs. PH, 13.7% was similar for infants who completed the study or discontinued due to study physician-assessed formula intolerance. Overall study discontinuance based on parent- vs. study physician-assessed intolerance for all infants (14.4 vs.11.1% was significantly different (P = 0.001. Conclusion This study demonstrated no difference in infant tolerance of intact vs. partially hydrolyzed cow milk protein formulas for healthy, term infants over a 60-day feeding trial, suggesting nonstandard partially hydrolyzed formulas are not necessary as a first-choice for healthy infants. Parents frequently perceived infant behavior as formula intolerance, paralleling previous reports of unnecessary formula changes. Trial Registration clinicaltrials.gov: NCT00666120

  2. Interrupter technique in infancy: Higher airway resistance and lower short-term variability in preterm versus term infants.

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    Usemann, Jakob; Demann, Désirée; Anagnostopoulou, Pinelopi; Korten, Insa; Gorlanova, Olga; Schulzke, Sven; Frey, Urs; Latzin, Philipp

    2017-10-01

    In preschool children, measurement of airway resistance using interrupter technique (Rint) is feasible to assess the degree of bronchial obstruction. Although some studies measured Rint in infancy, values of Rint and its variability in preterm infants are unknown. In this study, Rint and its variability was measured at infancy and compared between healthy term and preterm infants. High quality Rint measurements in term (n = 50) and preterm (n = 48) infants were obtained at postmenstrual age of 42-50 weeks in two study centers in Switzerland. Intra-measurement variability of Rint in one measurement and inter-measurement variability between two subsequent measurements was assessed by coefficient of variation (CV). Mean Rint in term infants was 4.2 ± (SD; 1.9) kPa · s · L -1 and in preterm infants was 5.6 ± (2.8) kPa · s · L -1 . Mean CV in term infants was 29.6 ± (14.9)% and in preterm infants was 20.2 ± (8.4)%. Rint was significantly lower (95%CI -2.31 to -0.38; P = 0.007) and CV significantly higher (95%CI 4.53-14.3; P preterm infants. There were no differences in mean Rint and mean CV between the first and the second measurement obtained in a subgroup of term (n = 24, 48%) and preterm (n = 22, 45%) infants. Our results suggest that differences in airway mechanics between term and preterm infants can be assessed with the interrupter technique during early infancy. Before clinical application of Rint measurements in this age group, reasons underlying the variability of measurements should be further investigated. © 2017 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  3. Low Apgar scores in term newborns and long-term gastro-intestinal morbidity: a population-based cohort study with up to 18 years of follow-up.

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    Leybovitz-Haleluya, Noa; Wainstock, Tamar; Sheiner, Eyal; Segal, Idit; Landau, Daniella; Walfisch, Asnat

    2017-12-07

    Low Apgar scores (Apgar scores and neuropsychological disorders, other childhood disorders were not thoroughly studied. We aimed to study the possible association between low 5-minute Apgar scores in term newborns and their long-term childhood gastrointestinal (GI) morbidity. A population-based cohort analysis was performed comparing total and different subtypes of GI-related pediatric hospitalizations among newborns with normal (≥7) and low (Apgar scores. The analysis included all term singletons born between the years 1999 and 2014 at a single tertiary regional medical center. Infants with congenital malformations, multiple gestations, and all perinatal deaths were excluded from the analysis. GI-related morbidities included hospitalizations involving a predefined set of ICD-9 codes, as recorded in the hospital computerized files. A Kaplan-Meier survival curve was constructed to compare the cumulative GI morbidity, and a Cox proportional hazards model was used to adjust for confounders. The study population, including 223 244 term singletons, was followed for an average of 10.02 ± 6.0 years (0-18 years, median 10.25) following discharge from birth hospitalization. Low 5-minute Apgar scores were recorded in 585 (0.3%) newborns. Incidence of GI-related hospitalizations was higher among the low versus the normal 5-minute Apgar score group (7.4 versus 5.2%; 8.6/1000 person years (PY) versus 5.2/1000 PY, respectively; p = .02; odds ratio =1.66, 95%CI 1.36-1.96). The association remained significant and independent while adjusting for gestational age, fetal weight, offspring gender, maternal age, maternal smoking, hypertension, and diabetes (Adjusted HR =1.57, 95%CI 1.16-2.12, p = .003). Low 5 minutes Apgar score is associated with an increased risk for long-term pediatric GI morbidity of the offspring. Our results suggest that Apgar scores can be used as a possible predictor for long-term pediatric morbidities and thus may necessitate appropriate

  4. The Value of transcutaneous method of bilirubin measurement in newborn population with the risk of ABO hemolytic disease

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    Objective of the study. To evaluate the correlation between total serum bilirubin (TSB) and transcutaneous bilirubin (TcB) levels in newborn infants at risk of ABO hemolytic disease. Material and methods. During a prospective study, 130 full-term (≥37 weeks of gestation) newborn infants with diagnosed ABO blood group incompatibility were examined. TSB level was measured at the age of 6 hours; further measurements were performed at 24, 48, and 72 hours following the first measurement. Blood sa...

  5. Infant and Newborn Development

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    ... touching and smelling Language - starting to make sounds, learning some words, understanding what people say Social - the ability to play with family members and other children Babies do not develop at the same rate. ...

  6. Effects of ultrasound pregnancy dating on neonatal morbidity in late preterm and early term male infants: a register-based cohort study.

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    Kullinger, Merit; Haglund, Bengt; Kieler, Helle; Skalkidou, Alkistis

    2016-10-31

    Assessing gestational age by ultrasound can introduce a systematic bias due to sex differences in early growth. This cohort study included data on 1,314,602 births recorded in the Swedish Medical Birth Register. We compared rates of prematurity-related adverse outcomes in male infants born early term (gestational week 37-38) or late preterm (gestational week 35-36), in relation to female infants, between a time period when pregnancy dating was based on the last menstrual period (1973-1978), and a time period when ultrasound was used for pregnancy dating (1995-2010), in order to assess the method's influence on outcome by fetal sex. As expected, adverse outcomes were lower in the later time period, but the reduction in prematurity-related morbidity was less marked for male than for female infants. After changing the pregnancy dating method, male infants born early term had, in relation to female infants, higher odds for pneumothorax (Cohort ratio [CR] 2.05; 95 % confidence interval [CI] 1.33-3.16), respiratory distress syndrome of the newborn (CR 1.99; 95 % CI 1.33-2.98), low Apgar score (CR 1.26; 5 % CI 1.08-1.47), and hyperbilirubinemia (CR 1.12; 95 % CI 1.06-1.19), when outcome was compared between the two time periods. A similar trend was seen for late preterm male infants. Misclassification of gestational age by ultrasound, due to size differences, can partially explain currently reported sex differences in early term and late preterm infants' adverse neonatal outcomes, and should be taken into account in clinical decisions and when interpreting study results related to fetal sex.

  7. Hypothermia therapy for newborns with hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy.

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    Silveira, Rita C; Procianoy, Renato S

    2015-01-01

    Therapeutic hypothermia reduces cerebral injury and improves the neurological outcome secondary to hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy in newborns. It has been indicated for asphyxiated full-term or near-term newborn infants with clinical signs of hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE). A search was performed for articles on therapeutic hypothermia in newborns with perinatal asphyxia in PubMed; the authors chose those considered most significant. There are two therapeutic hypothermia methods: selective head cooling and total body cooling. The target body temperature is 34.5 °C for selective head cooling and 33.5 °C for total body cooling. Temperatures lower than 32 °C are less neuroprotective, and temperatures below 30 °C are very dangerous, with severe complications. Therapeutic hypothermia must start within the first 6h after birth, as studies have shown that this represents the therapeutic window for the hypoxic-ischemic event. Therapy must be maintained for 72 h, with very strict control of the newborn's body temperature. It has been shown that therapeutic hypothermia is effective in reducing neurologic impairment, especially in full-term or near-term newborns with moderate hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy. Therapeutic hypothermia is a neuroprotective technique indicated for newborn infants with perinatal asphyxia and hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy. Copyright © 2015 Sociedade Brasileira de Pediatria. Published by Elsevier Editora Ltda. All rights reserved.

  8. Newborn neurons in the olfactory bulb selected for long-term survival through olfactory learning are prematurely suppressed when the olfactory memory is erased.

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    Sultan, Sébastien; Rey, Nolwen; Sacquet, Joelle; Mandairon, Nathalie; Didier, Anne

    2011-10-19

    A role for newborn neurons in olfactory memory has been proposed based on learning-dependent modulation of olfactory bulb neurogenesis in adults. We hypothesized that if newborn neurons support memory, then they should be suppressed by memory erasure. Using an ecological approach in mice, we showed that behaviorally breaking a previously learned odor-reward association prematurely suppressed newborn neurons selected to survive during initial learning. Furthermore, intrabulbar infusions of the caspase pan-inhibitor ZVAD (benzyloxycarbonyl-Val-Ala-Asp) during the behavioral odor-reward extinction prevented newborn neurons death and erasure of the odor-reward association. Newborn neurons thus contribute to the bulbar network plasticity underlying long-term memory.

  9. Malonic aciduria: long-term follow-up of new patients detected by newborn screening

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    Baertling, F.; Mayatepek, E.; Thimm, E.; Schlune, A.; Kovacevic, A.; Distelmaier, F.; Salomons, G.S.; Meissner, T.

    2014-01-01

    Malonic aciduria is an extremely rare autosomal recessive inborn error of metabolism. We present clinical, biochemical and genetic information for several years of follow-up of new malonic aciduria patients who were diagnosed by newborn screening. These data are discussed with regard to treatment

  10. The Effects of Inhaled β-Adrenergic Agonists in Transient Tachypnea of the Newborn

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    Esengul Keleş MD

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    Full Text Available Aim. To investigate the efficacy of an inhaled β-adrenergic agonists in transient tachypnea of the newborn (TTN. Method. We retrospectively analyzed a cohort of 51 term infants (Group 1 and 37 term infants (Group 2 monitored in the newborn intensive care unit diagnosed with TTN. Infants in Group 1 received humidified oxygen alone, and infants in Group 2 were administered the inhaled β-2 agonist plus humidified oxygen. Results. TTN clinical respiratory assessment, respiratory rate, oxygen saturation values, need for supplemental oxygen therapy, blood gas PH, PO2, and duration of hospitalization were significantly improved in infants in Group 2 as compared with infants in Group 1 (P .05. Conclusion. Inhaled β-adrenergic agonist added to humidified oxygen was found to improve clinical and laboratory parameters. We believe that further studies should be conducted with larger groups to demonstrate the efficacy of β-2 agonists in TTN patients.

  11. Long-term developmental outcome of infants with iron deficiency.

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    Lozoff, B; Jimenez, E; Wolf, A W

    1991-09-05

    Iron-deficiency anemia has been associated with lowered scores on tests of mental and motor development in infancy. However, the long-term developmental outcome of infants with iron deficiency is unknown, because developmental tests in infancy do not predict later intellectual functioning. This study is a follow-up evaluation of a group of Costa Rican children whose iron status and treatment were documented in infancy. Eighty-five percent (163) of the 191 children in the original group underwent comprehensive clinical, nutritional, and psychoeducational assessments at five years of age. The developmental test battery consisted of the Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence, the Spanish version of the Woodcock-Johnson Psycho-Educational Battery, the Beery Developmental Test of Visual-Motor Integration, the Goodenough-Harris Draw-a-Man Test, and the Bruininks-Oseretsky Test of Motor Proficiency. All the children had excellent hematologic status and growth at five years of age. However, children who had moderately severe iron-deficiency anemia as infants, with hemoglobin levels less than or equal to 100 g per liter, had lower scores on tests of mental and motor functioning at school entry than the rest of the children. Although these children also came from less socioeconomically advantaged homes, their test scores remained significantly lower than those of the other children after we controlled for a comprehensive set of background factors. For example, the mean (+/- SD) adjusted Woodcock-Johnson preschool cluster score for the children who had moderate anemia in infancy (n = 30) was 448.6 +/- 9.7, as compared with 452.9 +/- 9.2 for the rest of the children (n = 133) (P less than 0.01); the adjusted visual-motor integration score was 5.9 +/- 2.1, as compared with 6.7 +/- 2.3 (P less than 0.05). Children who have iron-deficiency anemia in infancy are at risk for long-lasting developmental disadvantage as compared with their peers with better iron status.

  12. Nutrition for healthy term infants, birth to six months: An overview

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    Nutrition for healthy term infants is a joint statement by Health Canada, the Canadian Paediatric Society, Dietitians of Canada and the Breastfeeding Committee for Canada that was most recently updated in September 2012 with recommendations from birth to six months of age. This practice point outlines the development process, principles of infant feeding, and recommendations for clinicians. Health professionals involved in counselling families about infant nutrition are advised to read the st...

  13. Goniometer Measurements of Oral Labial Angle and Evaluation of Oral Motor Reflexes in Preterm Infants: Comparison to Findings in Term Infants.

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    Ince, Deniz Anuk; Tugcu, Ali Ulas; Ecevit, Ayşe; Ciyiltepe, Muzeyyen; Kurt, Abdullah; Abbasoğlu, Aslıhan; Tekindal, Mustafa Agah; Tarcan, Aylin

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    To date, no study has evaluated changes in oral labial angle as preterm infants mature. The main purpose of this study was to document goniometer measurements of the labial angle of the mouth in preterm infants, to assess changes with development, to compare to findings in healthy term infants, and also evaluate oral motor reflexes in these groups. Seventy-eight preterm infants and 45 healthy term infants were recruited for the prospective study. Labial angle was assessed via goniometer, and oral motor reflexes and the volume of milk ingested were evaluated. There was significant difference between term and preterm infants' labial angles (P Goniometer measurements of the oral labial angle may reveal oral motor performance in preterm infants and may be relevant for feeding skills assessment in this group of infants. © The Author(s) 2015.

  14. Indicadores de risco para perda auditiva em neonatos e lactentes atendidos em um programa de triagem auditiva neonatal Risk indicators for hearing loss of newborns and infants in a newborn hearing screening program

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    Silvana Maria Sobral Griz

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    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: descrever os indicadores de risco para perda auditiva presentes em neonatos e lactentes que realizaram a Triagem Auditiva Neonatal no Hospital das Clínicas da Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, nascidos em 2008. MÉTODOS: foram pesquisados os 787 neonatos e lactentes que realizaram a Triagem Auditiva Neonatal no citado Hospital, nascidos em 2008. Foi montado um banco de dados com informações do formulário com histórico familiar e clínico dos pesquisados e resultado da triagem, para análise dos indicadores de risco. RESULTADOS: os indicadores de risco mais prevalentes na população estudada foram presença de hiperbilirrubinemia, nascimento pré-termo, baixo peso ao nascimento, uso de medicamento durante o período gestacional, permanência em Unidade de Terapia intensiva e presença de infecções intra-uterinas durante a gestação. Os indicadores de risco para perda auditiva com associação estatisticamente significante com o resultado falha na triagem foram nascimento pré-termo, baixo peso, permanência em Unidade de Terapia Intensiva, uso de ventilação mecânica e uso de medicamento ototóxicos. CONCLUSÃO: houve ocorrência de indicadores de risco pré, peri e pós-natais, porém apenas foi encontrada significância estatística entre alguns indicadores peri e pós-natais e a falha na triagem.PURPOSE: to characterize neonates and infants who were born in 2008 and have been submitted to the Newborn Hearing Screening Program of the Federal University of Pernambuco Hospital according to the presence of risk factors related to hearing loss. METHODS: a total of 787 newborns took part in the study. Information from clinical charts and tests results were collected in order set up a database. RESULTS: the most prevalent risk factors for hearing loss in the related population was hyperbilirubinemia, prematurity, low weigh at birth, use of medication during pregnancy, presence of diseases during pregnancy and permanence in a

  15. Lung volume, breathing pattern and ventilation inhomogeneity in preterm and term infants.

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    Philipp Latzin

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Morphological changes in preterm infants with bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD have functional consequences on lung volume, ventilation inhomogeneity and respiratory mechanics. Although some studies have shown lower lung volumes and increased ventilation inhomogeneity in BPD infants, conflicting results exist possibly due to differences in sedation and measurement techniques. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: We studied 127 infants with BPD, 58 preterm infants without BPD and 239 healthy term-born infants, at a matched post-conceptional age of 44 weeks during quiet natural sleep according to ATS/ERS standards. Lung function parameters measured were functional residual capacity (FRC and ventilation inhomogeneity by multiple breath washout as well as tidal breathing parameters. Preterm infants with BPD had only marginally lower FRC (21.4 mL/kg than preterm infants without BPD (23.4 mL/kg and term-born infants (22.6 mL/kg, though there was no trend with disease severity. They also showed higher respiratory rates and lower ratios of time to peak expiratory flow and expiratory time (t(PTEF/t(E than healthy preterm and term controls. These changes were related to disease severity. No differences were found for ventilation inhomogeneity. CONCLUSIONS: Our results suggest that preterm infants with BPD have a high capacity to maintain functional lung volume during natural sleep. The alterations in breathing pattern with disease severity may reflect presence of adaptive mechanisms to cope with the disease process.

  16. A cluster randomised controlled trial of the community effectiveness of two interventions in rural Malawi to improve health care and to reduce maternal, newborn and infant mortality

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    Vergnano Stefania

    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The UN Millennium Development Goals call for substantial reductions in maternal and child mortality, to be achieved through reductions in morbidity and mortality during pregnancy, delivery, postpartum and early childhood. The MaiMwana Project aims to test community-based interventions that tackle maternal and child health problems through increasing awareness and local action. Methods/Design This study uses a two-by-two factorial cluster-randomised controlled trial design to test the impact of two interventions. The impact of a community mobilisation intervention run through women's groups, on home care, health care-seeking behaviours and maternal and infant mortality, will be tested. The impact of a volunteer-led infant feeding and care support intervention, on rates of exclusive breastfeeding, uptake of HIV-prevention services and infant mortality, will also be tested. The women's group intervention will employ local female facilitators to guide women's groups through a four-phase cycle of problem identification and prioritisation, strategy identification, implementation and evaluation. Meetings will be held monthly at village level. The infant feeding intervention will select local volunteers to provide advice and support for breastfeeding, birth preparedness, newborn care and immunisation. They will visit pregnant and new mothers in their homes five times during and after pregnancy. The unit of intervention allocation will be clusters of rural villages of 2500-4000 population. 48 clusters have been defined and randomly allocated to either women's groups only, infant feeding support only, both interventions, or no intervention. Study villages are surrounded by 'buffer areas' of non-study villages to reduce contamination between intervention and control areas. Outcome indicators will be measured through a demographic surveillance system. Primary outcomes will be maternal, infant, neonatal and perinatal mortality for the

  17. Impact of Parent Practices of Infant Positioning on Head Orientation Profile and Development of Positional Plagiocephaly in Healthy Term Infants.

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    Leung, Amy; Mandrusiak, Allison; Watter, Pauline; Gavranich, John; Johnston, Leanne M

    2017-04-04

    The influence of infant positioning on the development of head orientation and plagiocephaly is not clear. This study explored the relationship between infant body and head positioning, with the development of asymmetrical head orientation and/or positional plagiocephaly. Methods: Clinician measurement of head orientation profile and parent-reported infant positioning data were collected for 94 healthy term infants at 3, 6, and 9 weeks of age. Plagiocephaly was measured at 9 weeks with the modified Cranial Vault Asymmetry Index. More severe plagiocephaly was associated with longer supine-sleep-maximum (p = 0.001) and longer supine-lying-total (p = 0.014) at 6 weeks. Prone positioning was not associated with plagiocephaly. Parent-reported head asymmetry during awake and sleep time at 3 weeks identified infants with clinician-measured head asymmetry at 9 weeks. Better symmetry in head turning was associated with more side-lying-total time by 9 weeks (p = 0.013). Our results showed that infant positioning is associated with early head orientation and plagiocephaly development. Early parent-reported asymmetry during awake and sleep time is an important indicator for the need for professional assessment and advice. A Plagiocephaly Prevention Strategy and Plagiocephaly Screening Pathway are provided for clinicians and parents.

  18. Development and evaluation of a newborn care education programme in primiparous mothers in Nepal.

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    Shrestha, Sharmila; Adachi, Kumiko; Petrini, Marcia A; Shrestha, Sarita; Rana Khagi, Bina

    2016-11-01

    the health and survival of newborns depend on high levels of attention and care from caregivers. The growth and development of some infants are unhealthy because of their mother's or caregiver's lack of knowledge or the use of inappropriate or traditional child-rearing practices that may be harmful. to develop a newborn care educational programme and evaluate its impact on infant and maternal health in Nepal. a randomised controlled trial. one hundred and forty-three mothers were randomly assigned to the intervention (n=69) and control (n=74) groups. Eligible participants were primiparous mothers who had given birth to a single, full-term, healthy infant, and were without a history of obstetric, medical, or psychological problems. prior to being discharged from the postnatal unit, the intervention group received our structured newborn care education programme, which consisted of one-on-one educational sessions lasting 10-15minutes each and one postpartum follow-up telephone support within two weeks after discharge, in addition to the hospital's routine general newborn care education. The control group received only the regular general newborn care education. Outcomes were measured by using Newborn care Knowledge Questionnaires, Karitane Parenting Confidence Scale, State-Trait Anxiety Inventory for Adults and infant health and care status. the number of mothers attending the health centre due to the sickness of their babies was significantly decreased in the intervention group compared to the control group. Moreover, the intervention group had significant increases in newborn care knowledge and confidence, and decreases in anxiety, compared with the control group. the structured newborn care education programme enhanced the infant and mother health. Moreover, it increased maternal knowledge of newborn care and maternal confidence; and reduced anxiety in primiparous mothers. Thus, this educational programme could be integrated into routine educational programs to

  19. The Influence of Method, Timing of Onset and Duration of Enteral Feeding on the Duration of Hospitalization of Newborn Infants in a Nigerian Special Care Baby Unit.

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    Ogunlesi, T A; Ogunfowora, O B

    2015-01-01

    Feeding practices among high-risk newborn babies have not been extensively studied in the resource-constrained parts of the world. To describe the pattern of milk use among infants in a resource-poor special care baby unit (SCBU) and relate these to the outcome of hospitalization. Setting - SCBU of Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital, Sagamu. Design - Prospective study of consecutively admitted inborn babies within the first 24 h of life. The data analyzed included the weight and estimated gestational age (EGA) of the babies, the age at the onset of and duration of feeds (breast milk and artificial milk [AM]). Out of the 118 infants studied, (78.8%) 93/118 received breast milk and 16.1% (19/118) received AM. The mean age at the commencement of enteral feeding was 3.9 days. The age at the onset of suckling was negatively correlated with the EGA and body weight. The age at the onset and duration of enteral feeding were directly related to the duration of admission. More than three-quarter of the infants hospitalized in the unit received breast milk, but commencement was mostly delayed beyond the 3(rd) day of life. The duration of admission may be related to the timing of onset and duration of milk use.

  20. Long-Term Cognitive Outcomes of Infants Born Moderately and Late Preterm

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    Odd, David Edward; Emond, Alan; Whitelaw, Andrew

    2012-01-01

    Aim: To investigate whether infants born late preterm have poorer cognitive outcomes than term-born infants. Method: A cohort study based on the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children. Cognitive measures were assessed between the ages of 8 and 11 years. Exposure groups were defined as moderate/late preterm (32-36 weeks' gestation) or term…

  1. Early vs delayed clamping of the umbilical cord in full term, preterm and very preterm infants

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    Moller, N.K.; Weber, T.

    2008-01-01

    Randomized studies from 2006 and two meta-analyses published in 2007 agree that clamping of the umbilical cord can be delayed. For the preterm and very preterm infant benefits include less need for blood transfusion and less morbidity, especially for the very preterm male infant. For the term...

  2. DEVELOPMENT OF MUSCLE POWER IN PRETERM INFANTS - INDIVIDUAL TRAJECTORIES AFTER TERM AGE

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    DEGROOT, L; HOPKINS, B; TOUWEN, BCL; VANDERHOEK, AM

    In a longitudinal study individual trajectories were traced for the developing relationship between active and passive muscle power in preterm (n = 37) and fullterm (n = 20) infants from term to 24 weeks (corrected) age. Such trajectories should enable the identification of those infants at highest

  3. Reliability of Neurobehavioral Assessments from Birth to Term Equivalent Age in Preterm and Term Born Infants.

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    Eeles, Abbey L; Olsen, Joy E; Walsh, Jennifer M; McInnes, Emma K; Molesworth, Charlotte M L; Cheong, Jeanie L Y; Doyle, Lex W; Spittle, Alicia J

    2017-02-01

    Neurobehavioral assessments provide insight into the functional integrity of the developing brain and help guide early intervention for preterm (term equivalent age. Few neurobehavioral assessments used in the preterm period have established interrater reliability. To evaluate the interrater reliability of the Hammersmith Neonatal Neurological Examination (HNNE) and the NICU Network Neurobehavioral Scale (NNNS), when used both preterm and at term (>36 weeks). Thirty-five preterm infants and 11 term controls were recruited. Five assessors double-scored the HNNE and NNNS administered either preterm or at term. A one-way random effects, absolute, single-measures interclass correlation coefficient (ICC) was calculated to determine interrater reliability. Interrater reliability for the HNNE was excellent (ICC > 0.74) for optimality scores, and good (ICC 0.60-0.74) to excellent for subtotal scores, except for 'Tone Patterns' (ICC 0.54). On the NNNS, interrater reliability was predominantly excellent for all items. Interrater agreement was generally excellent at both time points. Overall, the HNNE and NNNS neurobehavioral assessments demonstrated mostly excellent interrater reliability when used prior to term and at term.

  4. The prognostic value of multivoxel magnetic resonance spectroscopy determined metabolite levels in white and grey matter brain tissue for adverse outcome in term newborns following perinatal asphyxia

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    Doormaal, Pieter Jan van [University Medical Center Groningen and University of Groningen, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Neonatology, Groningen (Netherlands); Meander Medical Center Amersfoort, Department of Radiology, PO Box 1502, Amersfoort (Netherlands); Meiners, Linda C.; Sijens, Paul E. [University Medical Center Groningen and University of Groningen, Department of Radiology, Groningen (Netherlands); Horst, Hendrik J. ter; Veere, Christa N. van der [University Medical Center Groningen and University of Groningen, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Neonatology, Groningen (Netherlands)

    2012-04-15

    Magnetic resonance spectroscopy can identify brain metabolic changes in perinatal asphyxia by providing ratios of metabolites, such as choline (Cho), creatine (Cr), N-acetyl aspartate (NAA) and lactate (Lact) [Cho/Cr, Lact/NAA, etc.]. The purpose of this study was to quantify the separate white and grey matter metabolites in a slab cranial to the ventricles and relate these to the outcome. A standard 2D-chemical shift imaging protocol was used for measuring a transverse volume of interest located cranial to the ventricles allowing for direct comparison of the metabolites in white and grey matter brain tissue in 24 term asphyxiated newborns aged 3 to 16 days. Cho, NAA and Lact showed significant differences between four subgroups of asphyxiated infants with more and less favourable outcomes. High levels of Cho and Lact in the grey matter differentiated non-survivors from survivors (P = 0.003 and P = 0.017, respectively). In perinatal asphyxia the levels of Cho, NAA and Lact in both white and grey matter brain tissue are affected. The levels of Cho and Lact measured in the grey matter are the most indicative of survival. It is therefore advised to include grey matter brain tissue in the region of interest examined by multivoxel MR spectroscopy. (orig.)

  5. Cardiac rhythm abnormalities during intravenous immunoglobulin G(IVIG) infusion in two newborn infants: coincidence or association?

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    Tufekci, Sinan; Coban, Asuman; Bor, Meltem; Yasa, Beril; Nisli, Kemal; Ince, Zeynep

    2015-01-01

    Key Clinical Message We report the occurrence of supraventricular tachycardia during intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) infusion. Supraventricular tachycardia was observed in two newborn patients during IVIG infusion. Both of the babies responded to adenosine treatment. Cardiorespiratory monitoring during IVIG infusion can be recommended because of the possibility of this potentially lifethreatening adverse effect. PMID:26401276

  6. Cardiac rhythm abnormalities during intravenous immunoglobulin G(IVIG) infusion in two newborn infants: coincidence or association?

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    Tufekci, Sinan; Coban, Asuman; Bor, Meltem; Yasa, Beril; Nisli,Kemal; Ince, Zeynep

    2015-01-01

    Key Clinical Message We report the occurrence of supraventricular tachycardia during intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) infusion. Supraventricular tachycardia was observed in two newborn patients during IVIG infusion. Both of the babies responded to adenosine treatment. Cardiorespiratory monitoring during IVIG infusion can be recommended because of the possibility of this potentially lifethreatening adverse effect.

  7. A scale for home visiting nurses to identify risks of physical abuse and neglect among mothers with newborn infants

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    Grietens, H; Geeraert, L; Hellinckx, W

    Objective: The aim was to construct and test the reliability (utility, internal consistency, interrater agreement) and the validity (internal validity, concurrent validity) of a scale for home visiting social nurses to identify risks of physical abuse and neglect in mothers with a newborn child.

  8. Design of an Integrated Sensor Platform for Vital Sign Monitoring of Newborn Infants at Neonatal Intensive Care Units

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    Wei Chen

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Continuous health status monitoring and advances in medical treatments have resulted in a significant increase of survival rate in critically ill infants admitted into Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICUs. The quality of life and long-term health prospects of the neonates depend increasingly on the reliability and comfort of the monitoring systems. In this paper, we present the design work of a smart jacket for vital sign monitoring of neonates at a NICU. The design represents a unique integration of sensor technology, user focus and design aspects. Textile sensors, a reflectance pulse oximeter and a wearable temperature sensor were proposed to be embedded into the smart jacket. Location of the sensor, materials and appearance were designed to optimize the functionality, patient comfort and the possibilities for aesthetic features. Prototypes were built for demonstrating the design concept and experimental results were obtained from tests on premature babies at the NICU of M�xima Medical Centre (MMC in Veldhoven, the Netherlands.

  9. Avaliação neurológica pelo método Dubowitz em recém-nascidos prematuros com idade corrigida de termo comparada a de nascidos a termo Neonatal neurological assessment by the Dubowitz method in preterm infants at term corrected age compared with term infants

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    Marina Ortega Golin

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Comparar a avaliação neurológica de recém-nascidos pré-termo em idade de termo com a de recém-nascidos a termo e verificar a presença de associação entre alterações na avaliação neurológica e características e intercorrências clínicas nos prematuros. MÉTODO: Estudo transversal de 60 nascidos a termo e 30 prematuros do Hospital Estadual Mário Covas, em Santo André (SP, avaliados pelo método Dubowitz. Os pontos de corte da pontuação total foram 30,5 e 26 para comparar recém-nascidos pré-termo e a termo, respectivamente. Os prematuros foram avaliados com idade correspondente ao termo, na 37ª semana, e os do grupo controle, 48 horas após o nascimento. Todos os neonatos foram avaliados pela mesma examinadora, entre as mamadas, nos estágios 4 e 5 de sono e vigília. Para análise estatística, utilizaram-se testes de associação. RESULTADOS: 90% dos nascidos pré-termo não atingiram a pontuação esperada para a idade de termo (pOBJECTIVE: To compare neonatal neurological assessment of preterm newborn infants at term corrected age with term infants, and to identify the presence of association between neurologic abnormalities in preterm infants and demographic characteristics and neonatal clinical conditions. METHODS: This cross-sectional study enrolled 60 term and 30 preterm infants born at the Mario Covas State Hospital in Santo André, São Paulo, Brazil. The Dubowitz method was applied to assess neurobehavior. The total score cut-offs of 30.5 and 26 were used to compare respectively preterm and term infants and to analyze the variables related to performance in the preterm group. Preterm newborns were evaluated at 37 post-conceptual weeks and the control group was evaluated 48 hours after birth. All newborns were evaluated by the same neurologist, between feedings and at sleep-awake stages 4 or 5. Statistical analysis was performed by association tests. RESULTS: 90% of the preterm infants did not reach the

  10. Time course study of blood pressure in term and preterm infants immediately after birth.

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    Gerhard Pichler

    Full Text Available To describe temporal changes in systolic, diastolic, and mean blood pressure (SBP, DBP, and MBP, respectively in term and preterm infants immediately after birth.Prospective observational two-center study. In term infants SBP, DBP, and MBP were assessed non-invasively every minute for the first 15 minutes, and in preterm infants every minute for the first 15 minutes, as well as at 20, 25, 30, 45, and 60 minutes after birth. Regression analyses were performed by gender and respiratory support in all neonates; and by mode of delivery, cord clamping time, and development of ultrasound-detected brain injury in preterm neonates.Term infants (n = 54 had a mean (SD birth weight of 3298 (442 g and gestational age of 38 (1 weeks, and preterm infants (n = 94 weighed 1340 (672 g and were 30 (3 weeks gestation. Term infants' SBP, DBP and MBP within the first 15 minutes after birth were independent of gender or respiratory support. Linear mixed regression analysis showed that preterm infants, who were female, born vaginally, had delayed cord clamping and did not require positive pressure ventilation nor develop periventricular injury or ventriculomegaly, had significantly higher SBP, DBP, and MBP at some measurement points within the first hour after birth.We present novel reference ranges of BP immediately after birth in a cohort of term and preterm neonates. They may aid in optimization of cardiovascular support during early transition at all gestations.

  11. Neurobehavior of full-term small for gestational age newborn infants of adolescent mothers

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    Marina C. de Moraes Barros; Ruth Guinsburg; Mitsuhiro, Sandro S.; Elisa Chalem; Laranjeira, Ronaldo R. [UNIFESP

    2008-01-01

    OBJETIVO: Comparar o neurocomportamento de recém-nascidos a termo pequenos (PIG) e adequados (AIG) para a idade gestacional, filhos de mães adolescentes. MÉTODOS: Estudo transversal prospectivo de nascidos a termo AIG e PIG, com 24-72 horas de vida, sem afecções do sistema nervoso central. Os neonatos foram avaliados por meio da Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Network Neurobehavioral Scale (NNNS) para: habituação, atenção, despertar, controle, manobras para a orientação, qualidade dos movimentos...

  12. High Frequency Jet Ventilation during Initial Management, Stabilization, and Transport of Newborn Infants with Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia: A Case Series

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    Qianshen Zhang

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    Full Text Available Objective. To review experience of the transport and stabilization of infants with CDH who were treated with high frequency jet ventilation (HFJV. Study Design. Retrospective chart review was performed of infants with antenatal diagnosis of CDH born between 2004 and 2009, at Mount Sinai Hospital Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Detailed information was abstracted from the charts of all infants who received HFJV. Results. Of the 55 infants, 25 were managed with HFJV at some point during resuscitation and stabilization prior to transport. HFJV was the initial ventilation mode in six cases and nineteen infants were placed on HFJV as rescue therapy. Blood gases procured from the umbilical artery before and/or after the initiation of HFJV. There was a significant difference detected for both PaCO2 (P=0.0002 and pH (P<0.0001. The pre- and posttransport vital signs remained stable and no transport related deaths or significant complications occurred. Conclusion. HFJV appears to be safe and effective providing high frequency rescue therapy for infants with CDH failing conventional mechanical ventilation. This paper supports the decision to utilize HFJV as it likely contributed to safe transport of many infants that would not otherwise have tolerated transport to a surgical centre.

  13. Growth and neurodevelopment outcome in symmetric versus asymmetric small for gestational age term infants.

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    Maciejewski, E; Hamon, I; Fresson, J; Hascoet, J-M

    2016-08-01

    Few studies compared growth and neurodevelopment outcome between asymmetric (aSYM) and symmetric (SYM) small for gestational age (SGA) term infants. We aimed at evaluating their respective outcome at 9 months postnatal age. A cohort study including infants born in 2010 to 2011 with a birth weight Lezine test items. Of 6586 infants, 194 were SGA: 38.7% SYM and 61.3% aSYM. The aSYM group showed better catch-up growth (85% versus 70%, P=0.03) with larger HC (44.9±1.6 versus 43.7±1.2 cm, P<0.0001). No difference in neurodevelopmental screening was observed between SGA groups, but infants without any catch-up growth were at higher risk of delayed outcome. Term SGA infants must be closely followed, regardless of their characteristics, to improve their outcome.

  14. [Infection Prevention in Premature Infants and Newborns in Thuringia: Implementation of Recommendation of the Commission for Hospital Hygiene and Infection Prevention (KRINKO)].

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    Dawczynski, Kristin; Schleußner, Ekkehard; Dobermann, Helke; Proquitté, Hans

    2017-02-01

    Systematic recording of practical implementation of current recommendations of KRINKO for the prevention of nosocomial infections in premature and newborn infants in children's hospitals in Thuringia. All neonatal treatment centers in Thuringia (n=18) were included in this survey. Answer were received from 83% (15/18). Degree of compliance was 100% in level-1 (3/3) and level-2 centers (5/5), and 70% in level-3 centers (7/10). The aim of the questionnaire was to evaluate infection prevention measures as well as structural/organizational parameters in neonatal centers in Thuringia. Preventive measures as well as weekly screening for colonization was fully performed in patients with a birth weight staff also hamper the complete implementation of KRINKO recommendations (intensive care unit: patient/staff ratio (MW±SD) 2.5±1.1; newborn area 4.3±0.9). Analysis shows actual rate of implementation of KRINKO recommendations as well as structural/organizational parameters in neonatal treatment centers in Thuringia. It provides important points for discussion regarding necessary staff numbers and structural conditions. Analysis could also be used for future surveys in other regions in Germany. © Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart · New York.

  15. Development of Sucking Patterns in Pre-Term Infants with Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia

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    da Costa, Saakje P.; van der Schans, Cees P.; Zweens, Mar J.; Boelema, Sarai R.; van der Meij, Eva; Boerman, Mieke A.; Bos, Arend F.

    2010-01-01

    Background: Pre-term infants with bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD) are at risk of acquiring brain abnormalities. Combined with ongoing breathing difficulties, this may influence the development of their sucking patterns. Objective: To determine the longitudinal development of sucking patterns from

  16. Prognostic Factors of Developmental Outcome in Neonatal Seizures in Term Infants

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    Yin-Hsuan Lai

    2013-06-01

    Conclusion: In term infants with neonatal seizures, several risk factors related to adverse outcome were recognized. Physicians should pay more attention to these factors when handling patients with neonatal seizures.

  17. Multidetector CT of congenital vascular anomalies and associated complications in newborns and infants; Multi-Detektor-CT zur Diagnostik angeborener Gefaessanomalien und ihrer Begleitbefunde bei Neugeborenen und Kleinkindern

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    Eichhorn, J.G.; Arnold, R.; Ulmer, H. [Universitaetskinderklinik, Paediatrische Kardiologie, Heidelberg (Germany); Fink, C.; Ley, S.; Kauczor, H.U. [Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum, Radiologie, Heidelberg (Germany); Long, F. [Columbus Children' s Hospital, Pediatric Radiology Columbus, OH (United States)

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    Purpose: To assess the value of multidetector CT (MDCT) for evaluation of vascular anomalies (VA) and associated complications in newborns and infants. Materials and Methods: Seventy-five children (mean age: 9{+-}6 months, range: 2 weeks to 24 months) with VA were examined using MDCT (4-, 8- or 16-row; collimation 0.5-1.25 mm; scan time 7-30 s), which was performed under controlled ventilation or free breathing. Image quality was rated using a 5-point scale. Image findings were correlated to echocardiography, conventional catheter angiography (CCA), bronchoscopy, and intraoperative findings. Results: High quality MDCT data were almost free of cardiac and respiratory motion. In all cases, VA morphology and topography in relation to adjacent structures, e.g. tracheal and esophageal compression caused by an aortic ring, could be assessed exactly and allowed the final diagnosis. Even aberrant vessels, such as aorto-pulmonary collaterals (MAPCA) with a diameter of less than 1 mm, could be identified and excellently visualized. Eighty percent (60/75) of all patients had benefited from the MDCT: in 31 patients CCA was neither necessary to perform surgical planning nor to exclude a VA; in an additional 29 patients radiation doses and sedation time due to interventional procedures could be reduced markedly. Conclusions: MDCT can now be regarded as the modality of choice as a minimally invasive, robust, and accurate technique for the diagnosis of complex VA, their potentially life-threatening complications and preoperative planning even in newborns and infants. Its accuracy for detecting VA appears equivalent to CCA while it is more accurate in delineating potential life-threatening complications. (orig.)

  18. Causes and short-term outcomes of preterm infants

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    Xu Aiqun

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction/Objective. Preterm birth (PB is the most important reason of neonatal mortality, and the second most common direct cause of death for children under the age of five years. The aim of this study was to analyze the clinical features and outcomes of preterm infants. Methods. The clinical data of 307 preterm infants delivered in the Qingdao University hospital from January 1, 2012 to December 31, 2012 were retrospectively analyzed. Results. The incidence of PB was 6.52%. There were 143 cases of preterm prelabour rupture of membranes (PPROM (46.58%, 66 cases of spontaneous PB (21.5%, and 98 cases of therapeutic PB (31.92%. Deliveries with gestational weeks (GW < 32 were mainly vaginal (60.72%, but deliveries with GW ≥ 32 exhibited higher C-section rate (60.99% than the vaginal delivery rate (p < 0.05. The birth weight was 2,340.46 ± 606.26 g, and the Z-score at birth was -0.15 ± 1.08. The Z-score in the group with GW within 28 to 31+6 weeks was less than that in the group with GW within 32 to 33+6 and with GW ≥ 34 (р < 0.05. The average hospital stay of preterm infants was 15.17 ± 12.35 days, and the most common complication in these preterm infants was respiratory distress syndrome with 13.92%. Conclusion. PB could cause a variety of serious complications in infants. The main causes of PB, such ас PPROM, should be actively prevented and treated; meanwhile, preterm infants should also be actively treated so as to improve their outcomes.

  19. [Evaluation of materno-foetal infectious risk after isolated premature rupture of membranes in at term new-born].

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    Ben Hamida Nouaili, Emira; Abidi, Kamel; Chaouachi, Sihem; Marrakchi, Zahra

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    Premature rupture of membranes (PROM) is defined as rupture of membranes occurring before the onset of labor. It complicates 5 to 10 % of pregnancies. It continues to be a major cause of morbidity and mortality in the newborn. To evaluate infectious risk associated with PROM in at term and asymptomatic new-born and to study this risk according to the duration of rupture. Retrospective study in neonatal unit of Charles Nicolle hospital of Tunis including all cases with isolated PROM in at term new-born during the year 2007. 299 cases were identified over 3749 live births that is an incidence of 8 %, divided to: 21 cases (7 %) between 6 and 12 hours, 86 cases (28.8 %) between 12 and 18 hours, 61 cases (20.4 %) between 18 and 24 hours and 131 cases (43.8 %) more than 24 hours. Diagnosis of colonization was reported in 54 % of cases when PROM occurred between 12 and 18 hours versus respectively 27.3%, 0 % and 18 % in respectively subset of 6 to 12 hours, 18 to 24 hours and more than 24 hours (p=0,03). 62 % of foeto-maternel infections were reported in subset of PROM more than 24 hours and 13.8 % in the subset between 18 and 24 hours. Our study emphasizes the important risk of foetomaternel infection associated with isolated PROM. This risk is major when the rupture exceed 12 hours but the limit of 18 hours can unrecognized some cases of probable foeto-maternel infection.

  20. Preterm and Term Infants' Perception of Temporally Coordinated Syllable-Object Pairings: Implications for Lexical Development

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    Gogate, Lakshmi; Maganti, Madhavilatha; Perenyi, Agnes

    2014-01-01

    Purpose: This experimental study examined term infants (n = 34) and low-risk near-term preterm infants (gestational age 32-36 weeks) at 2 months chronological age (n = 34) and corrected age (n = 16). The study investigated whether the preterm infants presented with a delay in their sensitivity to synchronous syllable-object pairings when compared…

  1. The position of the anal dimple in newborns and infants with anorectal malformations and its correlation with the normal anal position.

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    Patel, Jigar N; Kumar, Amit; Yadav, Partap Singh; Chadha, Rajiv; Datta, Vikram; Roy Choudhury, Subhasis

    2017-11-16

    The anal position index (API) defines the normal anal position as the ratio of fourchette-anal distance to fourchette-coccyx distance for females and the scrotum-anal distance to scrotum-coccyx distance for males. In this study, measurement of the API in newborns and infants with anorectal malformations (ARM), using the center of the midline anal dimple (AD) to represent the center of the proposed neoanus, was performed to assess whether or not the AD was located in a significantly abnormal position as correlated with the normal anal position. The cases comprised 65 consecutive newborn and infants with ARM, divided into 2 age-based groups (Group A: 1st day to 1month; Group B: 1-12months), without sacral or significant perineal abnormalities. Controls included an equal number of age and gender matched patients admitted for other conditions. The characteristics of the AD ('well developed' or 'moderately developed') as well as those of the midline perineal raphé in males and the perineal groove in females were also recorded. Combining both age groups, the mean API±SD was 0.41±0.012 in male cases and 0.53±0.07 in male controls (p value 0.003). The corresponding values for female cases and controls were 0.31±0.09 and 0.36±0.07 respectively (p = 0.040). In male newborns, the API in cases was significantly lower than the API in controls (panal fossette); of these 12 (80%) were females. All boys had a well delineated perineal raphé in contrast to 10 girls (29.4% of total female ARM) who had a poorly delineated midline perineal groove. During definitive surgery for ARM, if the AD is taken as the site of the proposed neoanus, the neoanal position is likely to be anterior to the normal anal position in both males and females and especially so in males. Overall, girls with ARM appear to be more likely to have a relatively poorly developed and/ or depressed AD and a poorly delineated perineal groove. Clinical Research. Level III. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All

  2. Transient hyperoxia does not affect regional cerebral tissue oxygen saturation in moderately preterm or term newborns

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    Thing, Mira; Sørensen, Line Carøe; Pryds, Ole

    2015-01-01

    oxygen saturation (rStO2 ) and to evaluate whether any observed prolonged cerebral vasoconstriction was related to maturity. METHODS: The study included 30 infants with a postmenstrual age of more than 32 weeks, who were treated with nasal continuous positive airway pressure and a fraction of inspired...

  3. Acompanhamento da icterícia neonatal em recém-nascidos de termo e prematuros tardios Follow-up of neonatal jaundice in term and late premature newborns

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    Fernando Perazzini Facchini

    2007-08-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Relatar os resultados de um projeto de acompanhamento de recém-nascidos de termo e próximos ao termo ictéricos no período neonatal. MÉTODOS: Foram encaminhados a ambulatório especializado neonatos com peso > 2.000 g e/ou idade gestacional > 35 semanas, cuja icterícia na alta foi avaliada inicialmente com o icterômetro de Ingram, Bilicheck® e, se indicado, com bilirrubinômetro Unistat (Leica. A bilirrubinemia destes recém-nascidos situava-se no ou acima do percentil 40 do nomograma elaborado por Bhutani. Todos recém-nascidos tratados com fototerapia durante internação foram reavaliados laboratorialmente 24 horas após suspensão do tratamento. A indicação de reinternação para tratamento fototerápico intensivo foi para paciente com nível > 20 mg/dL. RESULTADOS: De um total de 11.259 neonatos, 2.452 (21,8% foram encaminhados para acompanhamento, dos quais 87,2% (2.140 retornaram. Oitenta neonatos retornados foram reinternados. Dos 2.452 encaminhados para retorno, 180 (7,3% tinham bilirrubinemia > 15 mg/dL na alta. Destes, 151 retornaram para acompanhamento. Vinte (13,2% foram reinternados para tratamento. Do total de reinternados, dois recém-nascidos apresentaram nível > 25 mg/dL e nenhum > 30 mg/dL. Todos responderam rapidamente à fototerapia intensiva, e não houve necessidade de utilizar exsangüinotransfusões. CONCLUSÕES: Nossos resultados sugerem que o esquema adotado é eficiente na detecção e prevenção de hiperbilirrubinemias de risco para produzir encefalopatia bilirrubínica em recém-nascidos de termo e próximos ao termo.OBJECTIVE: To report on the results of a project following term and near term newborn infants who were jaundiced during the neonatal period. METHODS: Neonates were referred to the follow-up clinic with weight > 2,000 g and/or gestational age > 35 weeks, and jaundice at discharge was initially assessed with an Ingram icterometer or Bilicheck and, if indicated, with a Unistat

  4. Long-Term Prostaglandin E1 Infusion for Newborns with Critical Congenital Heart Disease.

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    Aykanat, Alper; Yavuz, Taner; Özalkaya, Elif; Topçuoğlu, Sevilay; Ovalı, Fahri; Karatekin, Güner

    2016-01-01

    Prostaglandin E1 is crucial for keeping the patent ductus arteriosus in critical congenital heart disease for the survival and palliation of particularly prematurely born babies until a cardiosurgical intervention is available. In this study, the side effects of prostaglandin E1 in newborns with critical congenital heart disease and clinical outcomes were evaluated. Thirty-five newborns diagnosed with critical congenital heart disease were treated with prostaglandin E1 between January 2012 and September 2014 at our hospital. Patient charts were examined for prostaglandin E1 side effects (metabolic, gastric outlet obstruction, apnea), clinical status, and prognosis. Acquired data were analyzed in the SPSS 20.0 program. Patients with birth weight under 2500 g needed more days of prostaglandin E1 infusion than ones with birthweight over 2500 g (P = 0.016). The ratio of patients with birth weight under 2500 g who received prostaglandin E1 longer than 7 days was higher than the patients with birth weight over 2500 g (P = 0.02). Eighteen side effects were encountered in 11 of 35 patients (31%). Of these side effects, 1 patient had 4, 4 patients had 2, and 6 patients had only 1 side effect. Discontinuation of the therapy was never needed. Prostaglandin E1 is an accepted therapy modality for survival and outcome in critical congenital heart disease in particularly low-birth-weight babies until a surgical intervention is available. Side effects are not less encountered but are almost always manageable, and discontinuation is not needed.

  5. Long-Term Effects of a Home-Visiting Intervention for Depressed Mothers and Their Infants

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    Kersten-Alvarez, Laura E.; Hosman, Clemens M. H.; Riksen-Walraven, J. Marianne; Van Doesum, Karin T. M.; Hoefnagels, Cees

    2010-01-01

    Background: Whereas preventive interventions for depressed mothers and their infants have yielded positive short-term outcomes, few studies have examined their long-term effectiveness. The present follow-up of a randomised controlled trial (RCT) is one of the first to examine the longer-term effects of an intervention for mothers with postpartum…

  6. Long-term effects of a home-visiting intervention for depressed mothers and their infants

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    Kersten-Alvarez, L.E.; Hosman, C.M.H.; Riksen-Walraven, J.M.A.; Doesum, K.T.M. van; Hoefnagels, C.C.J.

    2010-01-01

    Background - Whereas preventive interventions for depressed mothers and their infants have yielded positive short-term outcomes, few studies have examined their long-term effectiveness. The present follow-up of a randomised controlled trial (RCT) is one of the first to examine the longer-term

  7. Does Human Milk Modulate Body Composition in Late Preterm Infants at Term-Corrected Age?

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    Giannì, Maria Lorella; Consonni, Dario; Liotto, Nadia; Roggero, Paola; Morlacchi, Laura; Piemontese, Pasqua; Menis, Camilla; Mosca, Fabio

    2016-10-23

    (1) Background: Late preterm infants account for the majority of preterm births and are at risk of altered body composition. Because body composition modulates later health outcomes and human milk is recommended as the normal method for infant feeding, we sought to investigate whether human milk feeding in early life can modulate body composition development in late preterm infants; (2) Methods: Neonatal, anthropometric and feeding data of 284 late preterm infants were collected. Body composition was evaluated at term-corrected age by air displacement plethysmography. The effect of human milk feeding on fat-free mass and fat mass content was evaluated using multiple linear regression analysis; (3) Results: Human milk was fed to 68% of the infants. According to multiple regression analysis, being fed any human milk at discharge and at  term-corrected and being fed exclusively human milk at term-corrected age were positively associated with fat-free mass content(β = -47.9, 95% confidence interval (CI) = -95.7; -0.18; p = 0.049; β = -89.6, 95% CI = -131.5; -47.7; p Human milk feeding appears to be associated with fat-free mass deposition in late preterm infants. Healthcare professionals should direct efforts toward promoting and supporting breastfeeding in these vulnerable infants.

  8. Characterization of Swallowing Sounds with the Use of Sonar Doppler in Full-Term and Preterm Newborns

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    Lagos, Hellen Nataly Correia

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Technological advances have provided a large variety of instruments to view the swallowing event, aiding in the evaluation, diagnosis, and monitoring of disturbances. These advances include electromyography of the surface, dynamic video fluoroscopy, and most recently sonar Doppler. Objective: To characterize swallowing sounds in typical children through the use of sonar Doppler. Method: Thirty newborns participated in this prospective study. All newborns received breast milk through either their mother's breasts or bottles during data collection. The newborns were placed in either right lateral or left lateral positions when given breast milk through their mother's breasts and in a sitting position when given a bottle. There were five variables measured: initial frequency of sound wave (FoI, frequency of the first peak of the sound wave (FoP1, frequency of the second peak of the sound wave (FoP2, initial intensity and final sound wave (II and IF, and swallowing length (T, the time elapsed from the beginning until the end of the analyzed acoustic signal measured by the audio signal, in seconds. Results: The values obtained in the initial frequency of the babies had a mean of 850 Hz. In terms of frequency of first peak, only three presented with a subtle peak, which was due to the elevated larynx position. Conclusion: The use of sonar Doppler as a complementary exam for clinical evaluations is of upmost importance because it is nonintrusive and painless, and it is not necessary to place patients in a special room or expose them to radiation.

  9. Comparison of the phospholipid classes in human milk in Japanese mothers of term and preterm infants.

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    Shoji, Hiromichi; Shimizu, Toshiaki; Kaneko, Noritsugu; Shinohara, Koichi; Shiga, Seigo; Saito, Masami; Oshida, Kyoichi; Shimizu, Takashi; Takase, Mitsunori; Yamashiro, Yuichiro

    2006-08-01

    Phospholipids (PLs) play an essential role in the growth and brain development of infants. To investigate PL composition in human milk (HM), including lysophosphatidylcholine, phosphatidylethanolamine, phosphatidylinositol, phosphatidylserine, phosphatidylcholine (PC) and sphingomyelin (SM), from healthy Japanese mothers. Analyses were performed on colostrum, transitional milk and mature milk from mothers of preterm and term infants. HM samples were collected from mothers of 15 term infants (term group) and of 19 preterm infants (preterm group). PL composition was determined by two-dimensional thin-layer chromatography in conjunction with phosphorus analysis. In both groups, the PL content (% of total lipid) of mature milk was significantly lower than in colostrum. SM and PC were the main PLs in HM, but in the preterm group, the percentage of SM in mature milk was significantly higher and PC in mature milk was significantly lower than in the term group. The transition from colostrum to mature milk leads to an increase in SM and a decrease in PC in the HM of preterm infants, along with a decrease in PL content. This is the first report to demonstrate the differences in PL composition in HM between mothers of preterm and term infants.

  10. Assessment of oxidative damage to proteins and DNA in urine of newborn infants by a validated UPLC-MS/MS approach.

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    Julia Kuligowski

    Full Text Available The assessment of oxidative stress is highly relevant in clinical Perinatology as it is associated to adverse outcomes in newborn infants. This study summarizes results from the validation of an Ultra Performance Liquid Chromatography-tandem Mass Spectrometry (UPLC-MS/MS method for the simultaneous quantification of the urinary concentrations of a set of endogenous biomarkers, capable to provide a valid snapshot of the oxidative stress status applicable in human clinical trials, especially in the field of Perinatology. The set of analytes included are phenylalanine (Phe, para-tyrosine (p-Tyr, ortho-tyrosine (o-Tyr, meta-tyrosine (m-Tyr, 3-NO2-tyrosine (3NO2-Tyr, 3-Cl-tyrosine (3Cl-Tyr, 2'-deoxyguanosine (2dG and 8-hydroxy-2'-deoxyguanosine (8OHdG. Following the FDA-based guidelines, appropriate levels of accuracy and precision, as well as adequate levels of sensitivity with limits of detection (LODs in the low nanomolar (nmol/L range were confirmed after method validation. The validity of the proposed UPLC-MS/MS method was assessed by analysing urine samples from a clinical trial in extremely low birth weight (ELBW infants randomized to be resuscitated with two different initial inspiratory fractions of oxygen.

  11. Lung function at term in extremely preterm-born infants: a regional prospective cohort study.

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    Bentsen, Mariann Haavik; Markestad, Trond; Øymar, Knut; Halvorsen, Thomas

    2017-10-25

    To compare lung function of extremely preterm (EP)-born infants with and without bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD) with that of healthy term-born infants, and to determine which perinatal characteristics were associated with lung function at term and how predictive these measurements were for later respiratory health in EP-born infants. Perinatal variables were recorded prospectively, and tidal breathing parameters were measured at term-equivalent age using electromagnetic inductance plethysmography. Respiratory morbidity was defined by hospital readmissions and/or treatment with asthma medications during the first year of life. Fifty-two EP-born infants (mean gestational age 261, range 226-276 weeks) and 45 term-born infants were included. There was evidence of significant airway obstruction, higher tidal volumes and increased minute ventilation in the EP-born infants with and without BPD, although generally more pronounced for those with BPD. Male gender, antenatal steroids and number of days on continuous positive airway pressure were associated with lung function outcomes at term. A prediction model incorporating two unrelated tidal breathing parameters, BPD, birth weight z-score and gender, predicted respiratory morbidity in the first year of life with good accuracy (area under the curve 0.818, sensitivity and specificity 81.8% and 75.0%, respectively). Lung function measured at term-equivalent age was strikingly abnormal in EP-born infants, irrespective of BPD. Tidal breathing parameters may be of value in predicting future pulmonary health in infants born premature. NCT01150396; Results. © Article author(s) (or their employer(s) unless otherwise stated in the text of the article) 2017. All rights reserved. No commercial use is permitted unless otherwise expressly granted.

  12. Nutrition for healthy term infants, six to 24 months: An overview.

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    Critch, Jeffrey N

    2014-12-01

    Nutrition for Healthy Term Infants is a joint statement by Health Canada, the Canadian Paediatric Society, Dietitians of Canada and the Breastfeeding Committee for Canada. It was republished in September 2012, with recommendations on infant feeding from birth to six months of age. The statement was most recently updated in April 2014, with recommendations for feeding older infants and young children from six to 24 months of age. The present practice point outlines the statement development process and principles of feeding, with specific recommendations for clinicians. Health professionals who counsel families on nutrition in infants and young children are advised to read the statement in its entirety because discussion in the longer document expands on and clarifies advice summarized in the principles and recommendations given here. The complete statement is available on Health Canada's website: www.hc-sc.gc.ca/fn-an/nutrition/infant-nourisson/index-eng.php.

  13. Differences in walking attainment ages between low-risk preterm and healthy full-term infants

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    Ana P. Restiffe

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: To compare gross motor development of preterm infants (PT without cerebral palsy with healthy full-term (FT infants, according to Alberta Infant Motor Scale (AIMS; to compare the age of walking between PT and FT; and whether the age of walking in PT is affected by neonatal variables. METHODS: Prospective study compared monthly 101 PT and 52 FT, from the first visit, until all AIMS items had been observed. Results: Mean scores were similarity in their progression, except from the eighth to tenth months. FT infants were faster in walking attainment than PT. Birth weight and length and duration of neonatal nursery stay were related to walking delay. CONCLUSION: Gross motor development between PT and FT were similar, except from the eighth to tenth months of age. PT walked later than FT infants and predictive variables were birth weight and length, and duration of neonatal intensive unit stay.

  14. Respiratory muscle activity related to flow and lung volume in preterm infants compared with term infants

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    Hutten, Gerard J.; van Eykern, Leo A.; Latzin, Philipp; Thamrin, Cindy; van Aalderen, Wim M.; Frey, Urs

    2010-01-01

    Infants with chronic lung disease (CLD) have a capacity to maintain functional lung volume despite alterations to their lung mechanics. We hypothesize that they achieve this by altering breathing patterns and dynamic elevation of lung volume, leading to differences in the relationship between

  15. Is it correct to correct? Developmental milestones in 555 "normal" preterm infants compared with term infants.

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    Ouden, L. den; Rijken, M.; Brand, R.; Verloove-Vanhorick, S.P.; Ruys, J.H.

    1991-01-01

    To determine whether correction for preterm birth should be applied during developmental assessment, we conducted a prospective national survey of very premature infants (born at less than 32 weeks of gestation); neurodevelopment in the first 2 years was studied with the Dutch child health care

  16. Insight into the phenotype of infants with Pompe disease identified by newborn screening with the common c.-32-13T>G "late-onset" GAA variant.

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    Rairikar, Mugdha V; Case, Laura E; Bailey, Lauren A; Kazi, Zoheb B; Desai, Ankit K; Berrier, Kathryn L; Coats, Julie; Gandy, Rachel; Quinones, Rebecca; Kishnani, Priya S

    2017-09-19

    Newborn screening (NBS) has led to early diagnosis and early initiation of treatment for infantile onset Pompe Disease (IOPD). However, guidelines for management of late onset Pompe disease (LOPD) via NBS, especially with the IVS c.-32-13T>G are not clear. This IVS variant is noted in 68-90% cases with LOPD and has been presumed to result in "adult" disease in compound heterozygosity, with a few cases with earlier onset and a mild to no phenotype in homozygosity. Our study evaluates newborns with LOPD having IVS variant with a diligent multidisciplinary approach to determine if they have an early presentation. Seven children with LOPD identified by NBS with IVS variant (3 compound heterozygous, and 4 homozygous) were evaluated with clinical, biochemical (CK, AST, ALT, and urinary Glc4), cardiac evaluation, physical therapy (PT), occupational, and speech/language therapy. All seven patients demonstrated motor involvement by age 6months; the three patients with c.-32-13 T>G variant in compound heterozygosity had symptoms as neonates. Patients with c.-32-13 T>G variant in compound heterozygosity had more involvement with persistent hyperCKemia, elevated AST and ALT, swallowing difficulties, limb-girdle weakness, delayed motor milestones, and were initiated on ERT. The patients with c.-32-13T>G variant in homozygosity had normal laboratory parameters, and presented with very subtle yet LOPD specific signs, identified only by meticulous assessments. This patient cohort represents the first carefully phenotyped cohort of infants with LOPD with the "late-onset" GAA variant c.-32-13T>G detected by NBS in the USA. It emphasizes not only the opportunity for early detection of skeletal and other muscle involvement in infants with c.-32-13T>G variant but also a high probability of overlooking or underestimating the significance of clinically present and detectable features. It can thus serve as a valuable contribution in the development of evaluation and treatment algorithms

  17. [Evaluation of sufficiency with vitamins C, B1 and B2 of newborn infants feeding different types of nutrition, by means of urinary excretion determination].

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    Vrzhesinskaya, O A; Kodentsova, V M; Pereverzeva, O G; Gmoshinskaya, M V; Pustograev, N N

    2015-01-01

    With the help of non-invasive methods the sufficiency with vitamins C, B1 and B2 in 58 newborns (38-40 weeks of gestation) on breastfeeding as well as on mixed or artificial feeding has been evaluated. Urinary excretion and breast content of ascorbic acid (measured by visual titration), thiamin (by thiochrome fluorimetric method) andriboflavin (fluorimetrically by titration with riboflavin-binding protein) was determined on the 3-10th day after birth. 35 infants were exclusively breastfed. 40% of their mothers regularly took multivitamin supplements during pregnancy and 42.9%--both during pregnancy and after childbirth, 17.1% did not use vitamin complexes either duringpregnancy or after childbearing. The content of vitamins C, B1 and B2 in the breast milk of women who did not additionally intake vitamins during pregnancy and lactation, was reduced compared with that of mothers who took multivitamin supplements, and provided only a half of the needs of their child in these vitamins. All these babies have urinary excretion of vitamins below the lower limit of norm. Among infants whose mothers took multivitamin supplements during pregnancy, but stop taking them immediately after their birth, only 28.6% of newborns were provided with vitamin C, while all the children identified a lack of vitamins By and B2. The insufficiency with vitamins C and B1 was detected in one third of children breastfed by mothers who took vitamins during pregnancy and continued intaking them after birth, adequate supplied with vitamin B2 was 35.7% of the surveyed. Determination of vitamin urinary excretion (perg creatinine) is useful for vitamin status evaluation. The content of vitamins in breast milk can be used for assessment of vitamin status both a nursing woman and her child. Taking into consideration that the diet of a breastfeeding woman is not always the best, there is no doubt about the need to continue multivitamin intake during breastfeeding. The question on the doses of vitamins

  18. Thymosin beta(4) and beta(10) levels in pre-term newborn oral cavity and foetal salivary glands evidence a switch of secretion during foetal development.

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    Nemolato, Sonia; Messana, Irene; Cabras, Tiziana; Manconi, Barbara; Inzitari, Rosanna; Fanali, Chiara; Vento, Giovanni; Tirone, Chiara; Romagnoli, Costantino; Riva, Alessandro; Fanni, Daniela; Di Felice, Eliana; Faa, Gavino; Castagnola, Massimo

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    Thymosin beta(4), its sulfoxide, and thymosin beta(10) were detected in whole saliva of human pre-term newborns by reversed-phase high performance chromatography coupled to electrospray ion-trap mass spectrometry. Despite high inter-individual variability, concentration of beta-thymosins increases with an inversely proportional trend to postmenstrual age (PMA: gestational age plus chronological age after birth) reaching a value more than twenty times higher than in adult whole saliva at 190 days (27 weeks) of PMA (thymosin beta(4) concentration: more than 2.0 micromol/L versus 0.1 micromol/L). On the other hand, the ratio between thymosin beta(4) and thymosin beta(10) exhibits a constant value of about 4 along all the range of PMA (190-550 days of PMA) examined. In order to investigate thymosin beta(4) origin and to better establish the trend of its production as a function of gestational age (GA), immunohistochemical analysis of major and minor salivary glands of different pre-term fetuses were carried out, starting from 84 days (12 weeks) of gestational age. Reactive granules were seen in all glands with a maximum of expression around 140-150 days of GA, even though with high inter- and intra-individual variability. In infants and adults reactive granules in acinar cells were not observed, but just a diffuse cytoplasmatic staining in ductal cells. This study outlines for the first time that salivary glands during foetal life express and secrete peptides such as beta-thymosins probably involved in the development of the oral cavity and its annexes. The secretion increases from about 12 weeks till to about 21 weeks of GA, subsequently it decreases, almost disappearing in the period of expected date of delivery, when the gland switches towards the secretion of adult specific salivary peptides. The switch observed may be an example of further secretion switches involving other exocrine and endocrine glands during foetal development.

  19. Formula milk versus term human milk for feeding preterm or low birth weight infants.

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    McGuire, W; Anthony, M Y

    2001-01-01

    Term (mature) human breast milk, compared with artificial formula milks, may provide insufficient nutrition for growth and development in preterm or low birth weight infants. However, human milk may confer advantages to infants in terms of a decreased incidence of adverse outcomes. To determine if formula milk compared with term human breast milk leads to improved growth and development without significant adverse effects in low birth weight or preterm infants. The standard search strategy of the Cochrane Neonatal Review Group was used. This included electronic searches of the Cochrane Controlled Trials Register, MEDLINE, EMBASE and previous reviews including cross references. Randomised controlled trials comparing feeding with formula milk versus term human milk in low birth weight or preterm infants. Data were extracted using the standard methods of the Cochrane Neonatal Review Group, with separate evaluation of trial quality and data extraction by each author and synthesis of data using relative risk, risk difference and weighted mean difference. Six trials, all initiated more than 20 years ago, fulfilled the pre-specified inclusion criteria. Four small trials compared feeding with standard calorie formula milk versus unfortified term human milk. Two trials compared feeding with calorie-enriched formula milk versus unfortified term human milk. No trials comparing feeding with formula milk versus nutrient-fortified term human milk were found. Only one trial reported longer term follow up of growth and development. In preterm and low birth weight infants, enteral feeding with formula milk compared with unfortified term human milk resulted in a greater rate of growth in the short term. We did not find a statistically significant difference in the incidence of necrotising enterocolitis, but this was evaluated as a pre-defined outcome in only one trial. The single trial that evaluated longer-term outcomes did not find evidence of an effect on longer-term growth and

  20. Gut Bifidobacterium microbiota in one-month-old Brazilian newborns.

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    Grześkowiak, Łukasz; Sales Teixeira, Tatiana Fiche; Bigonha, Solange Mara; Lobo, Guilherme; Salminen, Seppo; Ferreira, Celia Lucia de Luces Fortes

    2015-10-01

    Gut colonisation with bifidobacteria in early infancy is essential for the well-being of the infant. Gestational age and mode of delivery are among the factors influencing the colonisation process. The aim was to characterise the bifidobacterial composition in the gut of one-month-old full-term and pre-term Brazilian infants, both being delivered vaginally or by caesarean section. Fourty nine Brazilian (Viçosa, Minas Gerais state) one-month-old infants were divided in two groups: full-term (n = 24) and pre-term (n = 25), and compared to each other. Each group was then characterised according to its mode of delivery. Infant stool samples were available for bifidobacterial characterisation by quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) method. All study infants were colonised by bifidobacteria. Bifidobacterium longum colonised all full-term and pre-term newborns. Differences were observed in counts of Bifidobacterium genus and Bifidobacterium longum between full-term and pre-term infants (8.8 log cells/g, IQR 7.9-9.1 vs. 7.1 log cells/g, IQR 6.6-8.6, p = 0.02 and 8.3 log cells/g, IQR 6.7-9.1 vs. 6.4 log cells/g, IQR 6.1-6.7, p = 0.001, respectively). Furthermore, the prevalence of Bifidobacterium lactis differed between pre-term caesarean and pre-term vaginally born infants (50.0% vs. 93.8%, p = 0.023). Gut bifidobacterial composition of one-month-old full-term infants differs from that of pre-term newborns in Viçosa, Minas Gerais state, Brazil. Gestational age is a factor influencing bacterial numbers and species, while mode of delivery have an impact on the prevalence and quantity of bifidobacteria in studied infants. Bifidobacteria may have an impact on later health of the infants and the species B. longum and B. lactis might provide clues on the potential probiotic applications in pre-term newborns at the risk of developing postnatal complications. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  1. [Somatometry in full-term newborns in Villahermosa, Tabasco, Mexico. Study of a middle-class population].

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    Jiménez-Balderas, E A; Sabino Osorio-Pérez, R; Huerta-Muñoz, V; Quijano de la Cruz, A

    1991-03-01

    Realize a somatometric study in the Tabasco zone and compared this results with a similar study. Full term newborns without patology take weight, height and head circumference. In Villahermosa City, Capital of Tabasco State in México, from march 1, 1988 to january 31, 1989. 915 fullterm newborn, male 450, female 465, from the patients of Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social (Social Security System). The average weight in male was 3,290 g, with standard deviation (SD) 358 g, in female 3,130, SD 343 g (P less than 0.01); height in male 50.2, SD 1.3 cm, female 49.8, SD 1.3 cm (P less than 0.01); head circumference in male 34.7, SD 1.5 cm, female 34.5 SD 1.5 cm (P: without significance). We make our own percentiles. We found stadistic significance between both sexes; we don't found between another study; when we compared our work with others in past decades, observed the improved obtained by the people in our country.

  2. Maternal milk protects infants against bronchiolitis during the first year of life. Results from an Italian cohort of newborns.

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    Lanari, Marcello; Prinelli, Federica; Adorni, Fulvio; Di Santo, Simona; Faldella, Giacomo; Silvestri, Michela; Musicco, Massimo

    2013-06-01

    Bronchiolitis is one of the primary causes of hospitalization in infancy. We evaluated the effect of breastfeeding on the occurrence of hospitalization for bronchiolitis in the first year of life. In a prospective cohort study, 1,814 newborns of =33 weeks of gestational age (wGA) were enrolled in 30 Italian Neonatology Units and followed-up for 1 year to assess hospitalizations for bronchiolitis. Children were grouped as 'never breastfed' and 'ever breastfed'; these latter were further divided into those 'exclusively breastfed' and 'breastfed associated with milk formula'. The risk of hospitalization for bronchiolitis was evaluated with survival analysis, and hazard ratios (HR) with 95% confidence interval [95% CI] were calculated. Among enrolled newborns 22.9% were 'never breastfed'; in the breastfed group, 65% were 'exclusively breastfed' and 35% were 'breastfed with associated milk formula'. At 12 months of age, the risk of hospitalization for bronchiolitis was significantly higher in the 'never breastfed' group (HR: 1.57; 95% CI: 1.00-2.48). 'Breastfed associated with formula milk' and 'exclusively breastfed' groups were at similar risk of hospitalization for bronchiolitis. This observed protective effect of maternal milk was not explained by the higher prevalence of conditions able to increase the risk of bronchiolitis among 'never breastfed newborns'. Breastfeeding, even in association with formula milk, reduces the risk of hospitalization for bronchiolitis during the first year of life. Encouraging breastfeeding might be an effective/inexpensive measure of prevention of lower respiratory tract infections in infancy. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

  3. Transport of the newborn.

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    Srikasibhandha, S; Cats, B P

    1977-12-01

    Analysis of facilities used in the transfer of neonates with respiratory distress syndrome (RDS) to the Newborn Intensive Care Unit (N.I.C.U.) of the Free University Amsterdam during the period 1969-1976 revealed many deficiencies. Most of the sick newborn infants were accompanied by inadequately trained personnel. In a number of cases they were in incubators which could hardly guarantee the neutral thermal temperature for the infant concerned. In the most cases there were no facilities either for resuscitation or for ventilatory assistance during transport. It was found that infants born in the referring hospitals more often required artificial ventilation than infants born in the University Hospital. Since the former were--on an average--more severely ill than the latter, the duration of ventilatory assistance was usually longer and their survival rate was lower. Retrospectively, in many instances referred infants were on admission already in such a condition that artificial ventilation should have been started long before. General aspects of newborn transport, viz. way of transport, incubator with facilities for emergency care i.e. artificial ventilation and intravascular therapy, accompanying personnel, stabilization of the infant, role of education and evaluation of the transport are discussed.

  4. Cerebral oximetry in preterm infants

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    Greisen, Gorm; Andresen, Bjørn; Plomgaard, Anne Mette

    2016-01-01

    Preterm birth constitutes a major cause of death before 5 years of age and it is a major cause of neurodevelopmental impairment across the world. Preterm infants are most unstable during the transition between fetal and newborn life during the first days of life and most brain damage occurs...... in this period. The brain of the preterm infant is accessible for tissue oximetry by near-infrared spectroscopy. Cerebral oximetry has the potential to improve the long-term outcome by helping to tailor the support of respiration and circulation to the individual infant's needs, but the evidence is still lacking...

  5. Transient Hypothyroidism in Premature Infants After Short-term Topical Iodine Exposure: An Avoidable Risk?

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    Jordan E. Pinsker

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available Studies in preterm infants have shown that prolonged treatment with topical iodine (multiple doses, often over multiple days can transiently suppress thyroid function. However, it is uncertain if topical iodine exposure for very short periods of time can cause significant changes in thyroid function. We report two cases of transient hypothyroidism in preterm infants after short-term exposure to topical iodine during surgical preparation, and review their clinical and laboratory findings before and after iodine exposure. We conclude that premature infants are at risk of developing transient hypothyroidism in response to a single, short-term exposure to topical iodine, even in iodine-sufficient geographical areas. We advise monitoring of thyroid function in these infants after iodine exposure, as treatment with levothyroxine may be needed for a limited duration to prevent the sequelae of untreated hypothyroidism. Consideration of using alternative cleansing agents is also advised.

  6. Physiologic stability of newborns during cup- and bottle-feeding.

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    Howard, C R; de Blieck, E A; ten Hoopen, C B; Howard, F M; Lanphear, B P; Lawrence, R A

    1999-11-01

    To prevent breastfeeding problems, cup-feeding has been recommended as a method of providing medically necessary supplemental feedings to breastfed infants. To compare amounts ingested, administration time, and infant physiologic stability during cup-, bottle-, and breastfeeding. A total of 98 term, healthy newborns were randomized to either cup-feeding (n = 51) or bottle-feeding (n = 47). The heart (HR), respiratory (RR), and oxygen (O(2)) saturation rates were monitored on these infants and 25 breastfed newborns during 1 feeding. Differences in amounts ingested and administration times were evaluated with t tests and physiologic data with repeat measures analysis of variance. There were no significant differences in administration time, amounts ingested or overall HR, RR, and (O(2)) saturation rates, between cup and bottle groups. Breastfed infants had longer administration times and lower overall HR, RR, and higher O(2) saturation as compared with cup- and bottle-fed infants. Administration times, amounts ingested, and infant physiologic stability do not differ with cup- and bottle-feeding. Breastfeeding takes longer than cup- or bottle-feeding, but infants experience less physiologic variability. These data support cup-feeding as an alternative to bottle-feeding for supplying supplements to breastfed infants.

  7. Continuous intravenous infusion of ampicillin and gentamicin during parenteral nutrition to 36 newborn infants using a dosage schedule

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    Colding, H; Møller, S; Andersen, G E

    1984-01-01

    concentrations of antibiotics was smaller in the same child throughout the treatment course, but greater between the infants. The 95% limits for the serum concentrations of antibiotics were, however, nearly the same in the two treatment groups, and the use of a dosage schedule is therefore recommended. Serum...

  8. Long-term follow-up of benign positional vertical opsoclonus in infants: retrospective cohort.

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    Sternfeld, Amir; Lobel, Daniella; Leiba, Hana; Luckman, Judith; Michowiz, Shalom; Goldenberg-Cohen, Nitza

    2017-09-13

    Benign positional vertical opsoclonus in infants, also described as paroxysmal tonic downgaze, is an unsettling phenomenon that leads to extensive work-up, although benign course has been reported in sporadic cases. We describe long-term follow-up of a series of infants with the phenomenon. This retrospective cohort included all infants diagnosed with rapid downgaze eye movement in 2012-2015 and followed until 2016. The databases of two medical centres were retrospectively reviewed. Benign positional vertical opsoclonus was diagnosed based on clinical findings of experienced neuro-ophthalmologists. Data were collected on demographics, symptoms and signs, neuro-ophthalmological and neurological evaluations, and outcome. Imaging studies were reviewed. Main outcome measures were long-term outcome and findings of the thorough investigation. The cohort included six infants. All infants were born at term. Age at presentation was several days to 12 weeks. Episodes lasted a few seconds and varied in frequency from <10 to dozens per day. In five infants, symptoms occurred in the supine position. There was a wide variability in the work-up without any pathological findings. Follow-up ranged from 1 to 2.5 years. Ocular symptoms gradually decreased until resolution. Infants reached normal developmental milestones. Our identification of six patients in only 3 years suggests benign positional vertical opsoclonus may be more prevalent than previously described. In our experience, it affects otherwise healthy infants and resolves spontaneously. In view of the good long-term outcome, a comprehensive clinical investigation may not be necessary. © Article author(s) (or their employer(s) unless otherwise stated in the text of the article) 2017. All rights reserved. No commercial use is permitted unless otherwise expressly granted.

  9. "The effect of fluid supplementation on serum bilirubin level during phototerapy in term infants "

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    Torkaman M; Afsharpeyman SH; Khalili Matinzadeh Z; Amirsalary S; Kavehmanesh Z; Hashemi S.A

    2007-01-01

    Background: Jaundice is a common and benign problem in neonatal period. Several therapeutic procedures for decreasing of serum bilirubin level has been recommended. phototherapy is most common them. Our goal Form this study is the evaluation of serum therapy effects in decreasing of serum bilirubin concentration in icteric infants that are treated with phototherapy. Methods: This is a prospective clinical trial in Najmeih Hospital in 2002. In this study 80 term icteric infants with bilirubin ...

  10. Differences in fat content and fatty acid proportions among colostrum, transitional, and mature milk from women delivering very preterm, preterm, and term infants.

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    Moltó-Puigmartí, Carolina; Castellote, Ana Isabel; Carbonell-Estrany, Xavier; López-Sabater, M Carmen

    2011-02-01

    Human milk composition changes according to gestational age and stage of lactation, but infants fed banked human milk often receive pooled milk. We studied the changes in fat content and fatty acid proportions throughout lactation in very preterm, preterm, and full term milk, and the differences among gestational age groups. Samples from women delivering before 30 (n = 10), between 30 and 37 (n = 10), and between 38 and 42 (n = 23) weeks of gestation were analyzed. Fat content was higher in very preterm than in preterm and full term samples (p milk, medium-chain saturated fatty acid proportions were highest in the very preterm group, and decreased with gestational age (p milk obtained at different gestational ages and stages of lactation may impact preterm infants' health. Therefore they could be taken into account when feeding newborns banked human milk and when designing infant formulas or human milk fortifiers. Copyright © 2010 Elsevier Ltd and European Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism. All rights reserved.

  11. O que os pediatras conhecem sobre avaliação e tratamento da dor no recém-nascido? What do pediatricians know about pain assessment and treatment in newborn infants?

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    Aurimery G. Chermont

    2003-06-01

    and 14 nurseries in the city of Belém (Pará. The pediatricians answered a questionnaire about their demographic profile and their knowledge of pain evaluation and pain relief methods during the neonatal period. RESULTS: 100% of the pediatricians believed that newborns feel pain, but only one-third of them declared to know any scale for the evaluation of pain for this age group. The majority of the interviewees perceived the presence of pain in newborns by means of behavioral parameters. Crying was the preferential parameter to evaluate pain in full-term newborns; facial activity was the parameter chosen for premature infants; and heart rate for mechanically ventilated neonates. Less than 10% of the pediatricians reported using analgesia for venous and capillary puncture, while 30 to 40% said that they used analgesia for lumbar puncture, venous dissection, chest tube placement and mechanical ventilation. Less than half of those interviewed reported applying postoperative pain relief measures following abdominal surgery. Opioid was the most frequent medication for analgesia (60%, followed by midazolam (30%. CONCLUSION: these results demonstrate that it is necessary to refresh and update pediatricians' knowledge about pain assessment and relief.

  12. Cortisol, contingency learning, and memory in preterm and full-term infants

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    Haley, David W.; Weinberg, Joanne; Grunau, Ruth E.

    2005-01-01

    Summary Cortisol plays an important role in learning and memory. An inverted-U shaped function has been proposed to account for the positive and negative effects of cortisol on cognitive performance and memory in adults, such that too little or too much impair but moderate amounts facilitate performance. Whether such relationships between cortisol and mental function apply to early infancy, when cortisol secretion, learning, and memory undergo rapid developmental changes, is unknown. We compared relationships between learning/memory and cortisol in preterm and full-term infants and examined whether a greater risk for adrenal insufficiency associated with prematurity produces differential cortisol–memory relationships. Learning in three-month old (corrected for gestational age) preterm and full-term infants was evaluated using a conjugate reinforcement mobile task. Memory was tested by repeating the same task 24 h later. Salivary cortisol samples were collected before and 20 min after the presentation of the mobile. We found that preterm infants had lower cortisol levels and smaller cortisol responses than full-term infants. This is consistent with relative adrenal insufficiency reported in the neonatal period. Infants who showed increased cortisol levels from 0 to 20 min on Day 1 had significantly better memory, regardless of prematurity, than infants who showed decreased cortisol levels. PMID:16122876

  13. Respostas fisiológicas de recém-nascidos pré-termo submetidos à musicoterapia clássica Respuestas fisiológicas de recién nacidos pretérmino sometidos a musicoterapia clásica Physiological responses of preterm newborn infants submitted to classical music therapy

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    Camila Mendes da Silva

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Avaliar o efeito da musicoterapia nas respostas fisiológicas de recém-nascidos pré-termo hospitalizados. MÉTODOS: Ensaio clínico não controlado realizado com 12 recém-nascidos pré-termo, com idade gestacional OBJETIVO: Evaluar el efecto de la musicoterapia en las respuestas fisiológicas de recién nacidos pretérmino hospitalizados. MÉTODOS: Ensayo clínico no controlado realizado con 12 recién nacidos pretérmino internados en la Unidad de Terapia Intensiva Neonatal y en la Unidad Intermediaria, con edad gestacional OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the physiological effects of music therapy on hospitalized preterm newborns. METHODS: A noncontrolled clinical trial including 12 newborn infants with gestational age <36 weeks, spontaneously breathing. The preterm infants were submitted to 15-minute sessions of classical music therapy twice a day (morning and afternoon for three consecutive days. The variables: heart and respiratory rates, oxygen saturation, diastolic and systolic arterial pressures, and body temperature were analyzed before and immediately after each music therapy session. RESULTS: There was a decrease in the heart rate after the second session of music therapy (paired t-test; p=0.002, and an increase at the end of the third session (paired t-test; p=0.005. Respiratory rate decreased during the fourth and fifth sessions (paired t-test; p=0.01 and 0.03, respectively. Regarding oxygen saturation, there was an increase after the fifth session (p=0.008. Comparison of physiological parameters among sessions, for the six studied sessions, showed only that the gain in oxygen saturation during the fifth session was significantly higher than during the sixth one (Tukey's test after variance analysis; p=0.04. CONCLUSIONS: Music therapy may modify short-term physiological responses of hospitalized preterm newborn infants.

  14. Trend of head circumference as a predictor of microcephaly among term infants born at a regional center in Malaysia between 2011-2015

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    Sutan R

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    Full Text Available Rosnah Sutan,1 May Luu Yeong,1 Zaleha Abdullah Mahdy,2 Ahmad Shuhaila,2 Jaafar Rohana,3 Shareena Ishak,3 Khadijah Shamsuddin,1 Aniza Ismail,1 Idayu Badillah Idris,1 Saperi Sulong4 1Department of Community Health, 2Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 3Department of Pediatrics, 4Department of Medical Records, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Medical Center, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Introduction: The aim of this study was to determine the trend of head circumference as predictor of microcephaly among term infants born in a teaching hospital in Malaysia from 2011 to 2015. Methodology: This was a cross-sectional study using data from the electronic birth census. The independent variables were mothers’ age and height, parity, birth weight and birth length. All term newborns, both alive and stillbirth, with 37–41 completed gestational weeks, and a birth weight of at least 500 g was extracted from the census. Results: A total of 26,503 newborns fulfilled the inclusion criteria (13,655 males, 12,840 females. The mean head circumferences for male and female newborns were 32.93 cm (± SD 1.32 and 32.56 cm (± SD 1.31. The average head circumference for Malaysian newborns was found to be smaller than the World Health Organization Standard Growth Chart for Term Infant. A total of 17.6% (n=4,669 of the total samples were observed to have microcephaly. Among them, 73.2% (n=3,419 were non-proportionate microcephaly with normal birth weight of 2.5kg and above. Bivariate analyses showed that all independent variables were significant predictors of microcephaly. Both simple and multiple logistic regressions demonstrated that low birth weight was the most significant predictors for microcephaly (adjusted OR 12.14, 95% CI 10.80, 13.65. Conclusion: There is an increasing trend of microcephaly across the years and the low birth weight was noted as the main predictor of microcephaly. Future studies are needed to determine the possible cause of increasing

  15. Cardiac arrest in infants, children, and adolescents: long-term emotional and behavioral functioning

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    L. van Zellem (Lennart); E.M.W.J. Utens (Elisabeth); M.J. Madderom (Marlous); J.S. Legerstee (Jeroen); F.K. Aarsen (Femke); D. Tibboel (Dick); C.M.P. Buysse (Corinne)

    2016-01-01

    textabstractVery little is known about the psychological consequences of a cardiac arrest (CA) during childhood. Our aim was to assess long-term emotional and behavioral functioning, and its predictors, in survivors of CA in childhood. This long-term follow-up study involved all consecutive infants,

  16. Changes in quantitative ultrasound in preterm and term infants during the first year of life

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    Tansug, Nermin, E-mail: ntansug@hotmail.com [Celal Bayar University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, 45020 Manisa (Turkey); Yildirim, Sule Aslan, E-mail: sulesln@yahoo.com [Celal Bayar University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, 45020 Manisa (Turkey); Canda, Ebru, E-mail: ebruerbass@hotmail.com [Celal Bayar University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, 45020 Manisa (Turkey); Ozalp, Deniz, E-mail: bluexxdeniz@hotmail.com [Celal Bayar University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, 45020 Manisa (Turkey); Yilmaz, Ozge, E-mail: oyilmaz_76@hotmail.com [Celal Bayar University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, 45020 Manisa (Turkey); Taneli, Fatma, E-mail: fatma.taneli@bayar.edu.tr [Celal Bayar University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Biochemistry, 45020 Manisa (Turkey); Ersoy, Betuel, E-mail: betul_e@hotmail.com [Celal Bayar University,