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Neonatal/Perinatology

Breastfeeding for at least 2 months provides SIDS protectionBreastfeeding for a minimum of 2 months has a significant protective effect against sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), almost halving the risk of its occurrence.
When parents say “no” to newborn nursery protocolsParental refusals of protocols in the newborn nursery do happen. Providers need to know how to respond to parents with patient-centered yet medically safe care for their newborns.
CDC updates Zika testing and management guidelinesPediatricians need to stay committed to following those infants with possible exposure to Zika to understand the effects of Zika infection and ensure appropriate care and services.
Impact of infant feeding method on childhood asthma (VIDEO)For Contemporary Pediatrics, Dr Bobby Lazzara discusses a recent prospective birth cohort study published in Pediatrics that looked at different feeding methods for infants and whether the methods had any link to asthma.
An app for assessing neonatal jaundice? You bet!A study of the accuracy of a technology for assessing jaundice in outpatient neonates based on analysis of digital images demonstrated that this smartphone application (app) may be useful for screening newborns for jaundice.
Hospitalized preterm infants benefit from mothers’ recorded voicesBeing exposed to recordings of their mothers’ voices limited pain preterm infants experienced while undergoing heel lance procedures, according to a study conducted in an Italian neonatal intensive care unit.
Noninvasive imaging monitors early human brain developmentNew research looks at the role of maternal-placental-fetal interaction on cognitive function and disease.
Home nurse visits decrease maternal and infant mortalityDisadvantaged mothers who receive regular home visits by nurses during pregnancy and through their child’s second birthday are less likely to die from all-cause mortality and their children are less likely to die from preventable causes than their counterparts who do not have such visits.