Will IVF Affect the Baby?

Although in-vitro fertilization (IVF) is associated with a higher risk of preterm birth, researchers report no neuropsychological side effects from early birth at three years of age. ... read more »

Measuring Preemie Temperature Using Infrared Technology

Researchers have recently published a small-scale study into the possibility of using infrared technology to track and record changes in premature infant body temperatures without coming in contact with skin. ... read more »

Epidermal Growth Factor on Oxygen-Deprived Preemies

One very serious consequence of being born too soon is that the lungs are not mature enough to function properly. ... read more »

Brain Chemicals May Predict Developmental Problems in Newborns

Scientists have discovered a new way to determine whether a preterm infant is at risk for motor development problems. ... read more »

Breast Milk May Prevent Deadly Intestinal Problem in Preemies

Digestion issues are not uncommon for infants because they are very new to the whole eating process after all. However, there are some times when digestion and intestinal issues can become deadly serious. ... read more »

New Blood Test Identifies High-Risk Preemies

A new blood test developed by researchers at the University of Missouri (UM) identifies high-risk preemies so they can be carefully monitored to minimize certain life-threatening complications. ... read more »

Preemies with RSV Face More Hospital Time in First 6 Months

In some children, an RSV infection can be quite serious. These kids are much more likely to spend time in a hospital due to RSV during the first six months of their lives than most kids. ... read more »

More Premature Babies Surviving: High Five!

With two of my four children born premature, I am pretty stoked about a new report in Pediatrics – a medical journal about increasing survival rates among infants born premature. ... read more »

7 Things I Learned Raising a Preemie: They Grow Fast

When I was sent home less than two days after my twins were born I was scared to death. My previous two pregnancies were large babies weighing just about 11 pounds each. This time around both babies weighed around that together. ... read more »

Study Indicates Massage Therapy Could Benefit Preterm Infants

A study published in the journal Early Human Development and conducted by the University Of Louisville School Of Nursing showed that massage therapy may help reduce stress for preterm infants. ... read more »

How JFK Changed Preemie Medical Knowledge

Shortly after his birth, Patrick Bouvier Kennedy was diagnosed with hyaline membrane disease, which is known today as infant respiratory distress syndrome (IRDS). ... read more »

Renal Function Impaired in Small for Gestational Age Infants

Complications occur more often in infants born small for gestational age (SGA). Some complications require minimal medical intervention, while others could be cause for extreme concern. ... read more »

Prenatal Exposure to Glucocorticoids: Risk of Mental Health Issues

Obstetricians commonly administer a certain steroid to pregnant women expected to give birth prematurely, but a new study shows this medication may increase the child's risk for behavioral and emotional problems later in life. ... read more »

Nasal vs. Oral: Feeding Tube Placement in Preterm Infants

Feeding tube placement in preterm and/or low birth weight infants is crucial to comfort and overall health. Nasal tubes can interfere with proper breathing and respiration while oral tubes are more likely to cause irritation or become displaced during hospitalization. ... read more »

‘Kangaroo Care’ Boosts Mother-Child Bond and Preemie Health

The human touch is important. One person touching another, skin to skin, may be most important when establishing a bond between a mother and her newborn child. ... read more »

Improved Care for Preemies With Cognitive Disabilities

The death rate of premature infants dropped from 90% to 20% from 1950 to 2000. The drop is associated with advances in critical care. ... read more »

A New Life-Saving Device for Preemies

At Rice University in Houston, Texas one group of their students has turned to shoe boxes and aquarium pumps to bring the breath of life to babies born prematurely. ... read more »

Feeding Performance of Preterm Neonates on Paladai Feeding

According to researchers from the Department of Pediatrics at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, paladai (beaked receptacle) feeding can be effective in preterm infants as young as 30 weeks postconceptional age (PCA). ... read more »

Extreme Prematurity Linked With Neurodevelopmental Problems

According to a new meta-analysis study published in JAMA Pediatrics, researchers from the Ottawa Hospital in Canada report an increased risk of neurodevelopmental problems in infants, and an extreme risk when associated with gestational age at birth. ... read more »

Students Save Struggling Newborns Around the World

Four students enrolled in Stanford University's Design for extreme affordability course developed an innovative new incubator that mothers in remote villages around the world are using to save the lives. ... read more »

The Impact of Mom's Voice on Low Birth Weight Babies

Very low birth weight (VLBW) infants are typically born prematurely. If the fetus remained in utero for the duration of pregnancy, weight gain would have increased during the last few weeks. ... read more »

Characteristics of Neonatal Hypoglycemia

A new report published in the Journal of Pediatric Endocrinology and Metabolism examines the common characteristics of infants admitted to neonatal units for hypoglycemia to give medical professionals a set of guidelines or common factors in infants affected by the condition. ... read more »

Scotland Considers Adding Gestation Length to School Records

Researchers in Scotland have proposed adding gestation length to a child's school records to identify the preemies so school teachers will know which kids might need a little special attention. ... read more »

Prematurity Linked to Increased Risk of Heart Disease

Premature delivery of a baby comes with a long list of potential complications, including prolonged hospital stays, difficulty breathing and difficulty maintaining proper body temperature due to low levels of fat on the neonatal body. ... read more »

Increasing Mean Arterial Blood Pressure in Preterm Infants

A study in the Archives of Diseases in childhood reports a possible new treatment for increasing mean arterial blood pressure (MABP) in preterm infants. Doctors administered tocolytic indomethacin to 18 mothers in preterm labor. ... read more »

Benefits of Immediate NICU High-Frequency Breathing Support

One of the toughest hurdles that premature babies must overcome is breathing. Preemies almost always require breathing support in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). ... read more »

Bariatric Surgery Risk: Preterm and Low Birth Weight Babies

Women who have had bariatric surgery have higher risks for early delivery during pregnancy and having babies who were small for their gestational age, according to a new study published in BMJ. ... read more »

How Safe are Insulin Treatments for Preterm Infants?

Insulin is used to help treat various different types of diabetes, and you may even know someone who takes insulin regularly. However, insulin can also be used as therapy to improve glycemic control to reduce morbidity and mortality in intensive care adults. ... read more »

Hospital Lights May Hinder Development of Preemies

Preterm babies cannot come home right away. Usually, they must stay in the hospital until their doctor decides that they are strong enough to go home with mom and dad and start their lives. ... read more »

Benefits of Raising a Twin

One of the first things I remember feeling after my twins came home from the hospital was fatigue. That fatigue moved into utter exhaustion very quickly as I was determined not to force them on the same sleeping schedule. ... read more »

Assisted Reproductive Technology and Infant Health

Infants of subfertile and artificial reproductive technology (ART)-treated mothers are at greater risk for adverse health outcomes at birth beyond prematurity when compared with infants born to fertile mothers. ... read more »

Premature Babies at Higher Risk of Disorganized Attachment

Researchers from the University of Warwick (UK) may have found a connection between neurological development and parent-child attachment. According to the study, infants born prematurely have twice the risk of suffering disorganized attachment. ... read more »

Low Birth Weight Babies: Hospital and Home Care

Infants born weighing less than 2,500 grams (5.5 pounds) are considered low birth weight. Some low birth weight infants are born premature while others are born on-time, but weigh less than average. ... read more »

There is a New HeRO for Premature Infants

J. Randall Moorman, a cardiologist from the University of Virginia co-invented the HeRO system to reduce the number of fatalities in the premature population. ... read more »

Intubating Neonates May Cause Tooth Defects

Researchers from the Universidade Federal do Parana have reported cases of tooth defects in neonates intubated soon after birth. All infants included in the study were intubated in the hospital after preterm delivery - prior to the 35th week gestation. ... read more »

Sight-Saving Eye Drops Trigger Preemie Heart Attack

The Journal of the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus carries the story of a premature baby undergoing a preventive treatment that saves the eyesight of many preemies. ... read more »

Brain Development and Slower Growth in Preterm Infants

Researchers recently published a study in the journal Science Translational Medicine regarding a possible link between brain development and slower growth in preterm infants. ... read more »

Language Skills Improve When Parents Talk to Preemies

A new study indicates the more words per hour a preemie hears in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), the sooner s/he catches up on language. ... read more »

Breast Milk Fortification and Preterm Infants

Researchers from the University of York recently published a study in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Review on the implications of fortifying breast milk to speed up growth and facilitate neurodevelopment in preterm infants. ... read more »

Changes in Serum Procalcitonin After Birth

According to researchers from the Department of Pediatrics at Peking University Third Hospital, serum procalcitonin levels reach peak levels and decline to normal levels within 96 hours of birth for most infants, including premature infants. ... read more »

Caring for Your Large for Gestational Age Infant

A large for gestational age infant is born weighing more than 90% of all other infants born at the same gestational age. For instance, if an infant is born at 37 weeks weighing in excess of 10 pounds, that infant is termed large for gestational age. ... read more »

Use of Hydralazine in Preterm Infants

Researchers from the Stollery Children's Hospital recently published a study in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews on the potential effect of using the drug Hydralazine to prevent such deaths. ... read more »

Baby-Friendly NICU to Support Kangaroo Care

The neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) is where premature and special needs neonates spend the first days, weeks or months of their new lives. ... read more »

Feeding Your Low Birth Weight Infant

Low birth weight is defined as an infant weighing less than 2,500 grams or about 5.5 pounds. Low birth weight infants can be born at any time during gestation so not all cases involve premature delivery. ... read more »

Home Care of Small for Gestational Age Infants

When parents give birth to a small for gestational age (SGA)  infant it can be a scary experience. That tiny little bundle of joy may need additional care in the hospital before being released and some of that care may extend months or years into the future, but extra care is not always needed. ... read more »

Viruses Found in Stool Samples of Premature Infants

Researchers from the Prince of Wales Hospital recently published a study in the Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health revealing specific viruses and prevalence of infection in infants admitted to neonatal intensive care units (NICU). ... read more »

Polyamines in Human Breast Milk for Preterm and Term Infants

Researchers from the University of Murcia, in Spain, recently published a study revealing the differences between the level of polyamines in the breast milk of mothers born to preterm infants and the breast milk of mothers with infants born term. ... read more »

Premature Babies Soothed by Lullabies

A new study published in the journal Pediatrics claims lullabies are more than soothing songs to lure baby to sleep. Premature infants treated in NICUs (neonatal intensive care units) showed improvements in health associated with lullabies. ... read more »

How to Find Out if You Are a High Risk Pregnancy in 12 Steps

Finding out if you have a high risk pregnancy is important. Having a high risk pregnancy means you have an increased risk of complications during pregnancy. ... read more »

Premature Labor Symptoms and Signs - When To Call The Doctor

Premature labor and delivery is the #1 reason for newborn death. You should call the doctor or go to the hospital if you have any of these symptoms or signs. ... read more »