Many cases of blood in infant stools have no known cause. If the baby is otherwise well and growing, blood in the stool often resolves on its own, but this should always be checked out by baby’s doctor.
Free Folic Acid For Pregnant Women An estimated 1,500 babies are born each year with neural tube defects, birth defects of the brain and spinal cord… To educate women about the importance of folic acid, March of Dimes corporate partner, Kmart, is giving pregnant women a one-month supply of free (yes, free!) folic acid.. There […]
Internet child health advice ‘wrong’ Typing your child’s medical problem into Google is unlikely to deliver much in the way of good advice, UK researchers have said. Here’s the study: Scullard P, Peacock C, Davies P. Googling children’s health: reliability of medical advice on the internet. Arch Dis Child. 2010 Apr 6.
Breastmilk “teaches” immune system to ward off allergens in mice. A new study in mice shows that exposure to an allergen through breast milk can actively program a pup’s immune system to prevent asthma later in life. Exposure to both the allergen and a specific immune factor passed on through the milk by the mother […]
Opinion: Pediatricians Need to Get With the Breastfeeding Program Given my own experience, I naturally assumed that every pediatrician was trained to help babies and mothers succeed at nursing — guiding them through the difficulties and answering questions. But many aren’t, and as we learned this week, the cost in health and dollars is significant.
In this study, the researchers compared extremely premature babies receiving human milk fortified with either a human-milk-based or a cow’s-milk-based fortifier. The babies who received no cow’s milk-based products had lower rates of necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC). Sullivan S, et. al. An Exclusively Human Milk-Based Diet Is Associated with a Lower Rate of Necrotizing Enterocolitis than […]
Be careful when using powdered formulas, as there is always a risk of contamination since they are not sterile. Researchers find botulism-causing spores in US infant formula www.examiner.com In a newly published study, researchers in the U.S. have identified botulinum spores in multiple containers of commercial infant formula. Here are some guidelines for avoiding the […]
The Associated Press: Gap in health care law’s protection for children www.bostonherald.com WASHINGTON — Hours after President Barack Obama signed historic health care legislation, a potential problem emerged. Administration officials are now scrambling to fix a gap in highly touted benefits for children.
From the US Centers for Disease Control: “What can happen if someone else’s breast milk is given to another child?” http://www.cdc.gov/breastfeeding/faq/index.htm HIV and other serious infectious diseases can be transmitted through breast milk. However, the risk of infection from a single bottle of breast milk, even if the mother is HIV positive, is extremely small. […]