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Health Tip: Swaddle Baby Safely

Posted 4 days ago by Drugs.com

-- Swaddling baby snugly in a blanket can help provide a feeling of security, but parents should make sure they're swaddling properly. The American Academy of Pediatrics advises: Making sure baby's hips aren't swaddled too tight, which can lead to hip problems. Baby's legs should be able to bend both out and up. Start swaddling with the blanket spread flat, folding down one corner. Place baby on the back in the middle of the blanket, placing the head above the folded corner. With baby's left arm straight, take the left corner of the blanket and wrap it across baby's body, tucking it around the body beneath the right arm. Then place baby's right arm against the body, and wrap the right side of the blanket across the body, tucking underneath the left side of the body. Loosely fold the end of the blanket beneath baby's body. Make sure you can fit at least two fingers between the baby's ... Read more

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What Really Works to Help Baby Sleep

Posted 5 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 24, 2016 – Common techniques for helping babies – and parents – sleep at night seem to carry no long-term harms, a small trial finds. The study tested two methods: "graduated extinction" (also known as "controlled crying") and "bedtime fading." The former strategy is aimed at letting babies "self-soothe" on their own, without immediate parental intervention. The latter method extends a baby's bedtime, to help sleep come more quickly. Researchers found that both approaches encouraged babies to fall asleep faster at bedtime. The controlled-crying approach also helped them wake up fewer times during the night. What's more, neither technique seemed to harm babies' emotional development or bonding with mom and dad, the researchers found. It's that latter finding that's most important, according to Dr. Marcel Deray, a pediatric sleep specialist at Nicklaus Children's Hospital, ... Read more

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Whooping Cough Shot Safe for Pregnant Women

Posted 6 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, May 23, 2016 – The whooping cough vaccine is safe for pregnant women, a new study indicates. The researchers also found the tetanus-diphtheria-acellular pertussis (Tdap) vaccine, which protects against whooping cough, is critical for the health of newborns that are particularly vulnerable to the illness. "Our study adds to the growing body of evidence that the Tdap vaccine is safe for pregnant women and their unborn children," said. Berenson. "It's important for women to get the Tdap vaccine while they are pregnant to protect their infants from pertussis [whooping cough]. Doctors can share the findings of our paper with their pregnant patients to let them know the vaccine is safe for them and their babies." The Tdap vaccine is currently recommended for all pregnant women in the United States. The study was published recently in Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics. For the ... Read more

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Health Tip: Caring For Your Teeth During Pregnancy

Posted 6 days ago by Drugs.com

-- Pregnancy means taking better care of yourself – including your teeth. The American Dental Association suggests: Brush and floss teeth regularly, and rinse each night with a fluoride mouth wash. See your dentist for checkups, and tell him or her that you're pregnant. Look for any changes in your mouth. Ask your dentist if you need more frequent cleanings. Get plenty of calcium, protein, phosphorous and vitamins A, C and D to help baby develop strong teeth. Rinse with a teaspoon of baking soda diluted in water if you're vomiting frequently. This will help get rid of acid on your teeth. Keep caring for your teeth and baby's after delivery. Read more

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Health Tip: Watch Medication Use During Pregnancy

Posted 10 days ago by Drugs.com

-- Women who are pregnant or trying to become pregnant should be careful about taking medications. Ask your doctor about taking prescription medications, over-the-counter drugs, vitamins or supplements during pregnancy. The American Academy of Family Physicians recommends: Check with your doctor before you take any drug, in particular for cough, constipation, diarrhea, nausea or congestion. Be especially wary of drug use during the first trimester of pregnancy, when the fetus is at greatest risk of acquiring developmental problems. Do not use aspirin or other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Acetaminophen (Tylenol), however, is typically safe for occasional use. Avoid medications labeled "long-acting" or "maximum/extra strength," as well as combination medications that treat multiple symptoms. Read more

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Prior C-Section Raises Risk of Complications With Home Birth

Posted 10 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 18, 2016 – Pregnant women who've had a cesarean delivery in the past should not plan a home birth because they face a higher risk for complications, researchers warn. The finding stems from an analysis of roughly 2.4 million full-term births between 2007 and 2013. Of these, about 4,500 were midwife-assisted deliveries in a home setting. The study found that home births among women with a history of C-section were associated with a greater risk for stillbirth and/or neurological complications in the baby. "It's rare," acknowledged study author Dr. Amos Grunebaum, chief of labor and delivery at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York City. "But when it happens, it's devastating. And in a hospital, a cesarean is available very quickly, to save the mother and the baby. That's just impossible at home." Grunebaum presented the findings Saturday ... Read more

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Pain, Epilepsy Drug Lyrica May Increase Birth Defects Risk, Study Suggests

Posted 11 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 18, 2016 – The widely prescribed drug pregabalin (Lyrica) may slightly increase the risk for birth defects, a new study suggests. In a small study, researchers found that among women taking Lyrica during the first trimester of pregnancy, 6 percent had infants with major birth defects. In women who weren't taking the drug, 2 percent had a baby with a major birth defect, the study found. "These results should be taken with caution," said study senior author Dr. Thierry Buclin, from the Swiss Teratogen Information Service and the division of clinical pharmacology at the Lausanne University Hospital, in Switzerland. "It's a warning, but it cannot be taken as a certainty." Lyrica is prescribed for a range of health problems, including epilepsy, fibromyalgia and anxiety. The new study findings should be investigated further, Buclin said. "We should not unduly alarm ... Read more

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When New Moms Work Longer Hours, Breast-Feeding Takes a Back Seat

Posted 13 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, May 16, 2016 – Every working mom knows how hard it can be to juggle the demands of her job with the needs of her new baby, particularly when it comes to breast-feeding. Now, a new study has concluded that the more hours a new mom works, the tougher it is for her to continue breast-feeding. Mothers working 19 or fewer hours a week were much more likely to maintain breast-feeding through their babies' sixth month of life, compared to moms who had returned to full-time employment, said lead researcher Ning Xiang. "Every effort should be made to enable new mothers to spend more time with their newborn to establish and maintain breast-feeding," said Xiang, a research assistant with the University of Queensland Institute for Social Science Research, in Australia. "Governments should consider measures to encourage new mothers to delay their return to work, such as paid parental leave. ... Read more

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Gestational Diabetes May Lead to More Body Fat on Babies

Posted 17 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, May 12, 2016 – Babies born to mothers who had gestational diabetes may be more likely to carry excess fat in early life, new research suggests. At 2 months of age, the babies of mothers with gestational diabetes had 16 percent more body fat than babies of mothers without the disorder. This finding is in contrast to their body fat at birth, when fat levels in both groups were about the same overall, the researchers said. "Gestational diabetes is becoming more and more common, and babies born to these mothers are at increased risk of developing diabetes when they grow up. Therefore, we need to understand what effects maternal diabetes has on the baby," said study lead author Karen Logan of Imperial College London. "This new study suggests diabetes in the mother can trigger changes in the baby at a very early stage," Logan explained in a college news release. Although the study ... Read more

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Study Links Excess Pre-Pregnancy Weight, Smoking to Heavy Kids

Posted 19 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 10, 2016 – British researchers say two key reasons explain why kids from disadvantaged families are more often overweight and obese than other children: mom smoking in pregnancy and being overweight before pregnancy. The findings suggest "a considerable amount of the social inequalities in pre-adolescent overweight can be explained by these two variables," said David Taylor-Robinson, of the University of Liverpool's department of public health and policy, and colleagues. It's known that overweight and obesity are more common among children in lower-income families, but exactly why wasn't clear, the researchers said. Using data on children born in the United Kingdom, the researchers checked the weight of nearly 10,000 11-year-olds. The study authors also analyzed information provided by mothers about their education levels, pregnancy, the child's birth and delivery, and ... Read more

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Child's Obesity Tied to Mom's Pregnancy Weight: Study

Posted 19 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, May 9, 2016 – A mother's excess weight gain or elevated blood sugar levels in pregnancy may put her child at increased risk for being overweight or obese, a new study finds. "When women have elevated blood sugar and gain excess weight during pregnancy, it seems to change the baby's metabolism to 'imprint' the baby for childhood obesity," said study lead author Dr. Teresa Hillier. She's a senior investigator with the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research in Portland, Ore. "We're not sure yet of the exact mechanism of this change, but it appears the baby is adapting to an overfed environment, whether from glucose or extra weight," Hillier said in a Kaiser news release. Researchers analyzed data from more than 24,000 mothers and their children in three states, Oregon, Washington and Hawaii. All the children were normal weight (5.5 to 8.8 pounds) at birth and were followed ... Read more

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Targeted Drug-Delivery System May Treat Pregnancy Complications

Posted 20 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, May 9, 2016 – A treatment approach that typically targets tumors may also safely deliver medications directly to a pregnant woman's placenta, a new mouse study suggests. This type of treatment might one day help reduce pregnancy complications, such as preeclampsia, the researchers said. And it could also help prevent premature deliveries without harming fetuses, they added. "Placentas behave like well-controlled tumors," study author Lynda Harris, of the University of Manchester in England, explained in a news release from Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute in California. "They grow quickly, produce growth hormones and evade the immune system." "A lot of cancer research focuses on finding ways of delivering drugs to kill the tumor without affecting the rest of the body," Harris added. "We had the idea that if we could selectively target the placenta in the same ... Read more

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Swaddling May Increase Chances of SIDS

Posted 20 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, May 9, 2016 – If infants are swaddled during sleep, their risk of dying from SIDS is higher, especially if they are placed on their stomachs, new research suggests. Swaddling is defined in various ways, but it typically refers to wrapping a child snugly in a blanket or cloth, with head exposed but arms inside. Swaddling is thought to have a calming influence on babies that helps them sleep. However, swaddling can be risky, the new study finds. "Babies who were swaddled were 50 to 60 percent more likely to die of SIDS," said lead researcher Dr. Rachel Moon, a professor of pediatrics at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. Moon's team analyzed the results of four previously published studies. The studies spanned two decades and included regions of England, Tasmania in Australia, as well as Chicago. While the overall SIDS risk was increased with swaddling, the risk was ... Read more

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5 Tips for New Moms

Posted 8 May 2016 by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, May 8, 2016 – As they celebrate their first Mother's Day, many new moms will admit motherhood is wonderful but daunting at times. The good news is they can turn to their child's pediatrician for support, said Dr. Donna Snyder, a pediatrician with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Division of Pediatric and Maternal Health. Parents who have questions about their child's health, development or well-being can discuss their concerns during routine checkups with a pediatrician, Snyder said in an FDA news release. The baby's doctor can also address urgent concerns between office visits, she noted. The FDA provided new parents with the following five tips: Be cautious about medicine. Don't give your baby any medicine without talking to a pediatrician first. Some vitamins or over-the-counter medications might not be safe. If you don't know how much medicine your child needs, a ... Read more

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Babies Not Natural Mimics

Posted 6 May 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, May 6, 2016 – Babies aren't born with the ability to imitate, according to a new study that challenges previous research and beliefs. Many studies have suggested that infants naturally imitate facial expressions, hand gestures and vocal sounds in their first weeks of life, the researchers said. But they tested 106 infants at 1, 2, 6 and 9 weeks of age, and found that the babies did not imitate any actions and gestures of adults. The results suggest that imitation isn't a behavior babies are born with, but rather one that is learned by watching other people imitate them, said researcher Virginia Slaughter, from the University of Queensland, in Australia. The study was published May 5 in the journal Current Biology. "Infants aren't born with the ability to copy what other people do, but they acquire that skill during the first months of life," she said in a journal news release. ... Read more

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