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Prenatal Acetaminophen Use Tied to Higher Asthma Risk in Kids: Study

Posted 2 days 4 hours ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 10, 2016 – Pregnant women who take the painkiller acetaminophen – best known under the brand name Tylenol – may be more likely to have a child with asthma, new research suggests. Although the study wasn't designed to prove cause-and-effect, researchers found that prenatal exposure to the over-the-counter medicine was associated with an increased risk for asthma in children. However, the study authors and a U.S. expert agreed that the effect seen in the study doesn't yet warrant any change in guidelines regarding pain relief during pregnancy. In the study, Norwegian researchers tracked data from a large database – the Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study. The investigators focused on conditions during pregnancy for which some expectant mothers took acetaminophen, and compared that data against rates of asthma among 114,500 children as they reached the ages of 3 and ... Read more

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Health Tip: When Is the Right Time for a Nap?

Posted 2 days 9 hours ago by Drugs.com

-- Naps are essential for a growing baby, and they offer a needed break for busy parents. But when is the right time to let baby nap, so it doesn't interfere with bedtime? The National Sleep Foundation suggests: Put your baby down when sleepy, but not so exhausted that it's difficult to fall asleep. Look for signs of sleepiness, such as rubbing the eyes, a glazed expression or drifting off. Get baby in bed within 30 minutes. Create a nap schedule. Set the schedule based on your child's sleepy signs. Create a similar soothing routine for naps just as you do for bedtime. That may mean a book, soothing music or white noise to help baby wind down. Figure out what works for your baby. If a long, late nap affects bedtime sleep, cut it short or start the nap earlier. But try to be flexible and go with what baby needs. Read more

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Pregnant Women Benefit From Tamiflu at First Sign of Flu: Study

Posted 3 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 9, 2016 – Early treatment with the antiviral drug Tamiflu (oseltamivir) may shorten hospital stays for pregnant women with the flu, especially those who are severely ill, new research suggests. Pregnant women are at increased risk for serious illness, complications and death from the flu, the study authors said. The new study looked at 865 pregnant women in 14 states who were hospitalized with the flu between 2010 and 2014. Sixty-three were severely ill. Among severely ill women, the median hospital stay was 2.2 days for those who began Tamiflu treatment within two days of developing flu symptoms, compared with 7.8 days for those who began treatment later, according to the study. The findings were published online Feb. 3 in The Journal of Infectious Diseases. Among those with less severe flu, those who began Tamiflu treatment early also had shorter hospital stays than ... Read more

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Babies Born Late May Be at Risk for Complications: Study

Posted 10 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 2, 2016 – Babies born weeks after their due date may be at increased risk for complications and illness that can land them in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), a new study suggests. Researchers at Tel Aviv University in Israel examined data from about 23,500 women who had babies at Rabin Medical Center in Israel over five years. The women had no pregnancy complications and their babies were born from 39 weeks to 44 weeks of pregnancy. Pregnancy is considered full-term at 40 weeks. Infants born after 42 weeks were about twice as likely to develop infections, respiratory problems and to be admitted to the NICU than those born at 39 to 40 weeks, according to the study. While the study found an association between a prolonged pregnancy and risks of complications for a baby, it did not prove a cause-and-effect relationship. Only about 5 percent of births actually occur ... Read more

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Millions of Pregnant Women Put Their Babies at Risk With Alcohol: CDC

Posted 10 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 2, 2016 – Drinking before and during pregnancy can cause lifelong physical, behavioral and mental problems for a child. Yet more than 3 million U.S. women risk exposing their baby to alcohol, federal health officials reported Tuesday. An estimated 3.3 million women ages 15 to 44 who are sexually active are drinking and not using birth control. And, three in four women who want to get pregnant don't stop drinking when they stop using birth control, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report. "Alcohol can permanently harm a developing baby before a woman knows she is pregnant," CDC Principal Deputy Director Dr. Anne Schuchat, said during a media briefing. "We think 2 to 5 percent of children may have a fetal alcohol spectrum disorder," she said. "We believe that up to 5 percent of American schoolchildren may have a fetal alcohol spectrum ... Read more

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Could C-Section Baby Benefit From Mom's Vaginal Fluids?

Posted 11 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 1, 2016 – Dabbing infants delivered by cesarean section with their mothers' vaginal secretions restores some of the potentially helpful bacteria that newborns naturally pick up when they pass through the birth canal, a small study finds. The researchers said their "proof of principle" study is the first to show it's possible to transfer some of those germs, which play a role in immune-system development. Whether this can protect C-section babies from developing diseases such as asthma remains to be seen, however. With this experimental technique, the vaginal bacteria "pick up and bloom" in different sites of the baby's body, "resembling vaginally delivered babies," study lead author Maria Dominguez-Bello, associate professor of medicine at NYU Langone in New York City, said in a conference call to discuss the findings. The study was published online Feb. 1 in the journal ... Read more

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Air Pollution Linked to Risk of Preterm Birth

Posted 11 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 1, 2016 – Exposure to high levels of air pollution in pregnancy may increase the risk of having a preterm baby, new research suggests. For the study, researchers examined nearly 225,000 births of single babies in Ohio between 2007 and 2010. More than 19,000 of them were preterm deliveries – before 37 weeks of pregnancy. Exposure to high levels of small particle air pollution during pregnancy was associated with a 19 percent increased risk of preterm birth. The risk was greatest when high levels of exposure occurred during the third trimester, the study found. "Although the risk increase is modest, the potential impact is robust, as all pregnant women are potentially at risk," study author Dr. Emily DeFranco, a physician-researcher at the Center for Prevention of Preterm Birth of Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, said in a medical center news release. The type ... Read more

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Mistakes During Delivery Rarely Cause Newborn Brain Damage, Study Contends

Posted 14 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Jan. 29, 2016 – Few cases of severe brain damage in newborns are due to mistakes made during delivery, a new, small study indicates. Researchers analyzed the medical records of 32 full-term infants with cerebral palsy and mental retardation, and found that the brain damage that caused the conditions occurred after birth and despite proper resuscitation. The cases examined included 18 newborns with an infection called chorioamnionitis, and 14 newborns with severe anemia. Chorioamnionitis is a bacterial infection in the membranes that surround the fetus and in the amniotic fluid. In anemia, there is an insufficient amount of blood in the baby after birth. "All too often in cases of professional liability, the focus is on the last two hours of a normal 7,000-hour term pregnancy," study author Dr. Jonathan Muraskas and colleagues wrote. "This study would support closer scrutiny of ... Read more

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Study Links Diabetes, Obesity in Moms-to-Be to Higher Autism Risk in Kids

Posted 14 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Jan. 29, 2016 – Mothers-to-be who are both obese and diabetic have a higher risk of giving birth to a child with autism than healthy women, a new study suggests. The two conditions in combination nearly quadrupled the risk that a child would receive an autism diagnosis, said researchers who looked at more than 2,700 mother-child pairs. Individually, maternal obesity or diabetes was linked to twice the odds of giving birth to a child with autism compared to mothers of normal weight without diabetes, the study found. "The finding is not a total surprise," said study author Dr. Xiaobin Wang, director of the Center on Early Life Origins of Disease at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. "Many studies have shown that maternal obesity and diabetes have an adverse impact on developing fetuses and their long-term metabolic health." "Now we have further evidence that maternal obesity ... Read more

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Prenatal Antidepressant Use Not Linked to Infant Heart Defects: Study

Posted 15 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Jan. 28, 2016 – Taking antidepressants during pregnancy does not appear to increase the risk of having a baby with heart birth defects, a new British study suggests. This week, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommended screening for depression during pregnancy and the period after giving birth, and treating those who meet the criteria. Women may wonder how depression medication might affect their unborn child. Some previous research has suggested a link between selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs – the most widely used antidepressants in pregnancy) and heart birth defects. This class of medications includes Paxil (paroxetine), Lexapro (escitalopram) and Zoloft (sertraline). But many of those studies did not take into account other risk factors that could cause such birth defects, according to the authors of the new review, researchers at University ... Read more

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CDC Broadens Zika Virus Travel Alert for Pregnant Women

Posted 17 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 26, 2016 – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday added two more destinations – the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Dominican Republic – to the list of places that pregnant women may want to avoid due to potential infection with the Zika virus. Since last May, 23 countries and territories in the Americas have reported cases of mosquito-borne Zika, which is linked to a brain disorder called microcephaly. Babies with the condition have abnormally small heads, resulting in developmental issues and, in some cases, death. Already, the CDC had advised pregnant women to avoid trips to Bolivia, Brazil, Cape Verde, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Martinique, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Saint Martin, Suriname, Samoa, Venezuela and Puerto Rico. The agency also recommended screening for women who have ... Read more

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Depression Screening Should Include All Pregnant, Postpartum Women: Panel

Posted 17 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 26, 2016 – All U.S. adults, including pregnant and postpartum women, should be screened for depression by their family doctor, the nation's leading preventive medicine panel recommends. Further, doctors need to follow through and get treatment for anyone who tests positive for depression, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force concluded in an update of its depression screening guidelines. This is the first time the panel has specifically advocated depression screening in pregnancy and shortly after giving birth. It cited a U.S. study that found that 9 percent of pregnant women and more than 10 percent of postpartum women exhibited signs of major depression. Depression can harm both the child and mother, interfering with their interactions and affecting social relationships and school performance, the panel noted. Risk factors during pregnancy and after delivery include ... Read more

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Prenatal Vitamin D Supplements May Not Lower Baby's Asthma Risk: Study

Posted 17 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 26, 2016 – There's been speculation that a daily vitamin D supplement taken in pregnancy might lower the odds for asthma in children. However, two new studies find no evidence for such an effect. One study "did not show a statistically significant effect on the primary end point of persistent wheeze," concluded a team led by Dr. Hans Bisgaard of the University of Copenhagen in Denmark. However, experts stressed that a longer, larger trial might be needed to see a benefit for babies when mothers take a vitamin D supplement in pregnancy. Both studies are published in the Jan. 26 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. As stated in a journal news release, rates of childhood asthma and vitamin D deficiency are rising in Western nations. And there's been speculation that vitamin D deficiency during pregnancy may affect immune system development in the fetus, ... Read more

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Health Tip: Make a Delivery Checklist

Posted 17 days ago by Drugs.com

-- There's so much to do your new baby arrives that a checklist can help lessen anxiety and help you prepare. From emergency contacts to packing, here are checklist suggestions, courtesy of the American Academy of Pediatrics: All contact information for the hospital and the medical professional who will deliver your baby. Details about getting to the hospital, including directions and the proper entrance. Essential phone numbers, including an ambulance service and the numbers of anyone you want in the delivery room. Your bag for the hospital, which should include clothing, toiletries and loved ones' contact information. A properly installed car safety seat for your new baby. Care arrangements for your other children. Read more

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Obstetricians' Group Urges Docs to Help Support Breast-Feeding

Posted 18 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Jan. 25, 2016 – There are many things obstetricians and gynecologists can do to support breast-feeding mothers, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) says. Most new mothers start to breast-feed, but more than half stop sooner than they'd like, according to ACOG, which recommends exclusive breast-feeding for at least the first six months of life. "Moms deserve better support, and obstetric providers can and must help, both by assisting their patients and by advocating for policies and practices that enable women to achieve their goals," Dr. Alison Stuebe, lead author of a new ACOG committee opinion, said in an ACOG news release. The revised opinion was created to educate obstetricians on supporting women in making breast-feeding decisions and being a resource for breast-feeding women. Obstetricians should start talking about breast-feeding with patients ... Read more

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