A New Public Health Emergency

A new report shows that the number of babies born with opiate withdrawal symptoms has more than tripled over the last decade in the U.S. This rate has increased from 1.2 to 3.39 per 1000 births (p>0.001). The average cost per such birth is now $53,400 compared to $9,500 for all other hospital births. These…

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Breast-feeding Newborns Protected Against Infections

 Researchers in Crete interviewed 900 new mothers through-out the first year of their infants life to discover breast-feeding habits and the health of the newborns. When exclusively breast-fed infants experienced 30% fewer infections and 40% fewer admissions to the hospital. PositiveTip: Exclusive breast-feeding for the first six months of life provides huge benefits to the newborn! 

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Skin-to-Skin Contact Effective for Pain Control in Newborns

A randomized clinical trial of 640 healthy full-term newborns in Brazil studied what method reduced the pain of an intramuscular vaccine injection the most. A validated facial pain expression score was determined at the time of injection. Skin-to-skin contact with the mother plus 25% oral dextrose was found to control the pain most effectively. Several reader comments…

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