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Neonatal (Definition)

The term neonatal is generally used to describe events that occur with an infant within the first 30 days after birth.Some practitioners are looser with the definition & extend the ...Read more


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How does a newborn infant get a pneumothorax and what's the difference between that an a tension pneumo?

How does a newborn infant get a pneumothorax  and what's the difference between that an a tension pneumo?

Colapsed Lung: A pneumothorax occurs when air gets in the the space between the chest wall and the lung. This space should not contain anything. So when air gets in, the lungs have to become smaller. A tension-pneumothorax is when the contents of the chest (heart, lung, collapsed lung) all shift to one side. Typically this is life threatening because blood cannot flow well. We don't always know why this is. ...Read more

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I have a newborn baby. What are the risks associated with Sudden Infant Death Syndrome?

I have a newborn baby. What are the risks associated with Sudden Infant Death Syndrome?

SIDS: Some risks involved is the baby sleeping on their bellies, co-sleeping, not getting vaccinated, bumpers in the crib, etc. Here is a link from the AAP for further info http://www.aap.org/en-us/about-the-aap/aap-press-room/Pages/AAP-Expands-Guidelines-for-Infant-Sleep-Safety-and-SIDS-Risk-Reduction.aspx ...Read more

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Can similac advance infant formula with iron make a newborn constipated?

Can similac advance infant formula with iron make a newborn constipated?

Not specifically: This is an old myth that is perpetuated year to year. Iron given at therapeutic levels can cause constipation, but studies find no correlation with the level in formula. Infants may process one brand of formula slower or faster than another and any delay in emptying will lead to constipation. ...Read more

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My newborn baby that 19, days old and she keeps crying i think she constipated, what can I give my new infant baby for the pain. Can suppositories use?

My newborn baby that 19, days old and she keeps crying i think she constipated, what can I give my new infant baby for the pain. Can suppositories use?

Constipation: Is hard and infrequent stools. You can give a glycerin suppository once and see igf that helps. Baby may be crying if mom is breastfeeding and drinking milk, eating dairy. If using milk based formula then can also cause tummy ache. Baby could be colicky too.. Go see your doctor and discuss this. You will feel better and so will baby! ...Read more

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I have a hh agency(new), peds & just had first time request for light therapy for newborn jaundice infant. What complications are there?

I have a hh agency(new), peds & just had first time request for light therapy for newborn jaundice infant. What complications are there?

See below: Blue light therapy for jaundice is standard for breaking down the bilirubin that is being produced and seen in the skin and sclera. As long as the child's eyes are protected and hydration is monitored along with the bilirubin levels (by a health care professional), i fore see no complications as long as the bilirubin level is lowering and the child is not sick as well. ...Read more

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I am a Nurse. I ve got needle pricked form a newborn baby with a serology result ANTI-HSV-2 IgG positive. Am i at risk? Thank you!

I am a Nurse. I ve got needle pricked form a newborn baby with a serology result ANTI-HSV-2 IgG positive. Am i at risk? Thank you!

This is: indication of ANTIBODIES to HSV 2 IgG more than likely due to MATERNAL immunity!!! NO RISK for you! BTW MY OPINION ONLY you should REPORT this exposure to your Infection Control Nurse....(as with ANY exposure) Hope this helps! Dr Z ...Read more

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Does the corrected age always have to be factored in for assessing development of preemie babies? (35 weeks)

Does the corrected age always have to be factored in for assessing development of preemie babies? (35 weeks)

Yes and No: Sorry for the confusing answer, but especially with those babies we call late preterm (after 34 weeks but before 37 weeks), development often is not very affected unless there were a lot of compounding problems with the birth. So if i was doc for a big, fat healthy 35 weeker, i would not always correct. More important s to follow closely over time and are they making appropriate progress. ...Read more