Top News: #Pediatrics

Here are the top read news for #Pediatrics:

istock000008938171largeTemporarily turning blue sometimes normal for babies, doctors say:

It’s a heart-stopping moment experienced by many parents — they discover their baby has turned blue, is breathing irregularly, or won’t respond to a gentle wake-up nudge. Yet, mere seconds later the infant is back to normal. Fortunately, these events are less dire than one might think. But they’re also more common, an expert panel from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) concluded: Read more


sids_custom-3dab0cf6b6c6ff21ae04bfd8535605e5f3af40d9-s1100-c15Teen Moms Trust Their Gut, Even When It Puts Their Babies At Risk:

Does mother always know best? As a mom, I try to create the healthiest environment possible for my kids. I like to think my decisions are based on fact, but emotion plays a role, too. What happens if my choices aren’t supported by medical research, and could even put my children at risk? Teenage mothers who know about safe-sleeping practices to reduce the risk of infant death often deliberately do not follow those recommendations, a study published Thursday finds: Read more


infant-eating-rice-cerealInfants who eat rice products have higher arsenic concentrations:

When parents first introduce solid foods to their babies, rice products are typically among the first foods offered. Choking or allergy risks are low with rice products, and they feature in many types of infant foods. However, a new study advises caution, as it finds that infants who consume rice products have higher concentrations of arsenic in their urine, compared with those who do not eat rice products: Read more


sandboxHealth hazards lurking in the sandbox:

Unlike playground equipment or plain dirt — places that are teeming with germs that are generally harmless to humans and can even help strengthen a child’s immune system — sandboxes are rife with parasitic germs that can cause severe infections including Baylisascariasis (raccoon roundworm), toxocariasis and toxoplasmosis: Read more


shutterstock_232146982Are new, small NICUs convenient or risky?:

Bigger, busier NICUs have higher survival rates. A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2007 looked at survival rates in NICUs in California from 1991 to 2000, and found that very-low-birthweight infants (under 1,500 grams) were more likely to survive if they were treated in NICUs that deal with 100 or more VLBW infants per year. They concluded that 21 percent of preemie deaths were preventable if the babies’ care could be shifted to the larger hospitals: Read more