Young infants with fever may be more likely to develop infections, suggests study

Infants with a high fever may be at increased risk for infections, according to research from Penn State College of Medicine

Young infants with fever may be more likely to develop infections, suggests studyIn a new study, researchers determined that for an infant less than eight weeks old, having a fever was associated with a doubled risk for developing serious bacterial infections, including meningitis and infections of the blood or urinary tract. Based on the findings, the researchers encourage parents of infants younger than eight weeks old to […]

How babies absorb calcium could be key to treating osteoporosis in seniors

New research reveals the mechanism that allows breastfeeding babies to absorb large amounts of calcium and build healthy bones, a discovery that could lead to treatment for osteoporosis and other bone diseases later in life

How babies absorb calcium could be key to treating osteoporosis in seniorsBabies need to take in massive amounts of calcium in the first year of life to build the cartilage they are born with into the body’s 206 bones. This mineral deposition continues at a lower rate until around age 25. “We build our bone mineral density until we’re early adults and then stop, so we […]

How a colour-coded idea at ‘this’ hospital helps brings down the infant mortality rate

Nashik Civil Hospital has implemented a unique idea which helps safeguard the health of infants. The hospital does not repeat a single bed sheet, thereby ensuring protection from germs and infections

How a colour-coded idea at ‘this’ hospital helps brings down the infant mortality rateThe Special Newborn Care Unit (SNCU) at Nashik’s Civil Hospital uses innovative colour-coded bedsheets for each day of the week. This, in turn, is helpful for the newborns as it protects them from contracting an infection. The different colours serve a purpose as they ensure that the bedsheets have been washed and sterilised by the […]

#WorldBreastfeedingWeek: Breastfeeding moms’ milk can transfer lifelong protection against infection to babies

Mothers’ breast milk can provide protection against infection that lasts for life, finds new research in mice by an international team of scientists including experts at the University of Birmingham

#WorldBreastfeedingWeek: Breastfeeding moms’ milk can transfer lifelong protection against infection to babiesPreviously, it was generally thought that immunity against illness is passed from mum to baby for only the period they are breastfed and this protection ends when breastfeeding stops. It was also thought that this immunity was transferred by a mother’s proteins such as antibodies that are used by the immune system to neutralise bacteria […]

Study reveals that babies may sleep longer in their own rooms

The findings counter the latest guidance from the paediatrics group, which recommends that parents share a room – but not a bed – with their infants for at least six months and preferably until they reach their first birthday. The guidelines are meant to lower the risk of sudden infant death syndrome, or SIDS, which may occur while an infant is sleeping

Study reveals that babies may sleep longer in their own roomsThe sooner babies get their own rooms, the longer they’ll sleep on average, according to a new study that breaks with the recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Analysing surveys from 230 first-time mothers at Penn State, Dr Ian Paul, a paediatrician, found that babies slept for longer stretches if they didn’t sleep in […]

Study reveals: Health risks increase for babies born to fathers aged 45 or over

Men who start families later in life should be aware of the potential health risks to their children, according to US doctors who found that babies born to older fathers tend to have more medical issues than those born to younger men

Study reveals: Health risks increase for babies born to fathers aged 45 or overBabies whose fathers are 45 years old or over are more likely to be less healthy at birth, according to a study of more than 40 million deliveries. On average children of older fathers were born 20.2 grams lighter, and had a 14 per cent greater risk of low birth weight than infants born to […]

SIDS: Baby ‘sleep sacks’ might be safer than blankets

Infant sleeping bags, or sleep sacks, are at least as safe as other bedding in preventing sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and might be safer, according to a new research

SIDS: Baby ‘sleep sacks’ might be safer than blanketsSIDS is the sudden, unexplained death of a baby younger than 12 months. While little is known about the condition, factors like putting a baby to sleep face down, or using soft bedding, have been found to increase the risk of SIDS. In response to prevention guidelines warning against putting infants to sleep with blankets, […]

Maha: Pankaja Munde admits death of 955 infants in past five months

As per the data presented by the Maharashtra government, in 2017, as many as 2161 infants lost their lives in 16 tribal districts, including Melghat in Amaravati. In Nashik, around 6663 children and in Aurangabad 3575 children were found to be severely underweight

Maha: Pankaja Munde admits death of 955 infants in past five monthsIn the past five months, from September 2017 to January 2018, as many as 955 infants, between 0 – 6 months, have lost their lives. In the year 2017, in 16 tribal districts of the state, around 2161 infant deaths in Maharashtra were recorded. Out of the total infant deaths in the past five months, […]

What you eat while pregnant may affect your baby’s gut

A mother’s diet during pregnancy may have an effect on the composition of her baby’s gut microbiome and the effect may vary by delivery mode, according to study published in the open access journal Microbiome

What you eat while pregnant may affect your baby’s gutSara Lundgren, lead author of the study said, “Our study demonstrates an association of a readily modifiable factor, maternal diet, with the infant gut microbiome. This knowledge may be key for developing evidence-based dietary recommendations for pregnant and lactating women.” Lundgren and colleagues at Dartmouth-Hitchcock medical Center, USA found that the gut microbiome in infants […]

Pune-based doctor develops portable ‘Human Milk Pasteuriser’

This machine makes the setting up of ‘Human Milk Banks’ easy and affordable for even minor paediatric hospitals and healthcare entrepreneurs

Pune-based doctor develops portable ‘Human Milk Pasteuriser’Insufficient lactation in mothers is a common problem that results in depriving the new born infants of mother’s milk; breast milk is the best source of nutrition that protects the infants from illnesses and infections that they are prone to. This problem can be overcome by setting up ‘Human Milk Banks’ that collect mother’s milk […]