Stress during pregnancy may affect baby’s brain

Mar 28, 2018 0

Mothers-to-be please don’t take stress during pregnancy as it may harm your baby’s brain. A new study has found that stress during pregnancy is not good for the unborn child and remaining stress-free during this period helps the brain development of the baby. According to the study presented at a meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society in Boston, Massachusetts, a mother’s stress during pregnancy changes neural connectivity in the brain of her unborn child. One of the researchers Moriah Thomason of Wayne State University in the US said,”We have demonstrated what has long been theorised, but not yet observed in a human, which is that the stress of a mother during her pregnancy is reflected in connectional properties of her child’s developing brain.” Research in newborns and older children to understand prenatal influences has been confounded by the postnatal environment, Thomason explained. But recent advancements in foetal imaging allowed the researchers to gain insight into a critical time period in brain development never previously accessible ...

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. 5 infants injured in hospital newborn unit; nurse suspended

Mar 9, 2018 0

Five infants suffered serious injuries including a fractured skull, rib and arm in the newborn unit of a Wisconsin hospital and the nurse who cared for them has been suspended, a federal agency said in a report after it inspected the hospital The Wisconsin State Journal reported that UnityPoint Health-Meriter hospital in Madison didn’t respond to the suspected abuse until early last month, when staff noticed two babies with bruises. An internal investigation revealed two similar cases last year and one from January. The identity of the suspended nurse has not been released. Quoting Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services report, the newspaper said the federal agency was so concerned about the hospital’s response that it threatened to cancel its Medicare contract with Meriter. The agency told Meriter in a Feb. 23 letter that the situation “is so serious that it constitutes an immediate threat to patient health safety.” Meriter spokeswoman Jessika Kasten said the hospital is cooperating with authorities and has implemented new safety measures. According to the inspection... ...

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Babies resembling their fathers become healthier: Study

Mar 7, 2018 0

Once a couple gets to know which parent is responsible for their baby’s looks, that’s where the obsession normally ends. However, a study has gone a step further and revealed that if your baby has gone on the father, they may have an edge in terms of attracting attention and deriving health benefits. The study emphasizes the importance of a father’s role in bringing up their child, suggesting that infants resembling their fathers at birth are more likely to spend time with them and in turn, be healthier by the time they are a year old. “Fathers are important in raising a child, and it manifests itself in the health of the child,” said one of the researchers Solomon Polachek, Professor at the Binghamton University in New York. ...

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8 in 1,000 kids born with foetal alcohol syndrome

Aug 23, 2017 0

Nearly eight out of every 1,000 children worldwide are born with Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD), which increases their risk of developing physical, mental, behavioural and learning disabilities, according to researchers. ...

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 Vaginal seeding after Caesarean ‘risky’, warn doctors

Aug 23, 2017 0

New mothers should not embrace the trend of “seeding” their babies with vaginal bacteria, say doctors.  It exposes children born by Caesarean section to bacteria that could have coated their bodies if they had been born vaginally. The idea is bacteria help train the immune system and lower the risk of allergies and asthma.  But doctors in Denmark and the UK said there was too little evidence and it may be doing more harm than good.  Being born by Caesarean section is linked to a higher risk of some immune-based diseases. ...

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Ethiopia to host global meet on maternal, child health

Aug 21, 2017 0

Ethiopia will host an international conference on maternal and child health on August 24 and 25 under the theme “Overcoming critical obstacles to maternal and child survival”. Initiated jointly by Ethiopia and India, the conference aims to “celebrate” progress to date, share best practices and identify key milestones for achieving the sustainable development goals set out in the Global Strategy for Health of women, children and adolescents (2016-2030), according to an official statement. ...

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Six (6) diseases that can pass from mother to child during pregnancy, delivery and breast feeding

Aug 14, 2017 0

A few diseases can be passed from mother to the child or contracted by the child during pregnancy, delivery or breast feeding. This can be prevented by appropriate treatment and management. 1. Hepatitis B. This disease is caused by Hepatitis B virus and can spread from adult to adult, children to children, children to adult (vice versa) and from mother to offspring. The spread is usually through blood, blood products, semen and vaginal fluids and breast milk. A mother can also pass the infection to the child in the womb but this is rarely. Infection of the child occurs more during delivery if the mother’s blood passes into the child blood, or the child swallows some of the mother’s blood or by innoculation. The virus also passes from mother to child through breast milk. We would like to emphasise that these mothers are mostly the virus carriers – that is – they have the virus in their body but are not sick of the disease. The infection of the baby... ...

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 Early introduction to cow milk could put your baby at health risk- says experts 

Aug 7, 2017 0

Breastfeeding is one of the most essential phases when it comes to nurturing your baby. Your baby’s healthy growth and development is of utmost concern at that time and proper administration of mother’s milk ensures that. Mother’s milk is extremely important for a baby since it is supposed to be the only source of nutrition for the first six months of their life, as per the World Health Organisation guidelines. ...

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