Archive for the ‘pediatrics’ Category

Is my baby ready… Food & Drink

You asked us: Is my baby ready… …to stop breastfeeding? …to drink water? …to drink cow’s milk and eat dairy foods? …to drink juice? …to eat wheat or rice baby cereal? …to eat solid foods? …to eat fish or sushi? …to eat honey? …to eat strawberries? …to eat peanuts and other nuts? Experts: Daina Kalnins [...]

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Postmaturity, Why is this a labor challenge?

Postmaturity from The Merk Manual…”An uncommon syndrome of failing placental function and fetal jeopardy that occurs after 42 wk.” In plain English, this means your baby is not able to get what he needs because the placenta is not working right any more. Babies who are postmature are sick because they are no longer being [...]

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Sleep and baby massage

Getting a baby to sleep so they can get a good nights rest is often a new parents’ greatest challenge. There has been a lot of research done on massage with hospitalized babies, who are generally small and vulnerable. Research has established that hospitalized babies grow faster if they are massaged correctly. This involves using [...]

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Immunization schedule

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Is your breastfeeding successful enough?

How can I tell whether my baby’s getting enough breast milk? This is a common question among new breastfeeding moms. After all, you want to make sure that your baby’s getting all the nourishment she needs and, well, you can’t actually see how much milk your baby’s drinking when you’re nursing! While most moms are [...]

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Elective Primary Cesarean Delivery Howard Minkoff, M.D., and Frank A. Chervenak, M.D.

In 1985, the Journal published an article advocating elective cesarean delivery.1 Although it was provocative, the article had little effect on obstetrical standards. At that time, most efforts within the discipline were focused on arresting the escalation of the rate of cesarean deliveries,2 which had increased sharply during the preceding decade. Thus, despite that article, [...]

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Breastfeeding Frequency – a Question of Style

Most new mothers are left confused about how often their babies should nurse. Our formula feeding mothers can expect to feed their newborns every 2-4 hours in general (some babies more frequently, others less frequently). Breastmilk is not like formula. Formula is usually made from cow’s milk, which has hard to digest proteins. Because these [...]

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Pacifier Use May be Sign of Breastfeeding Problems

Nursing mothers are often advised to keep pacifiers from their babies in order to avoid early weaning. A new study, however, finds that pacifier use may not lead to early weaning, but rather be a sign of problems with breastfeeding. Researchers from Montreal’s McGill University studied 281 breastfeeding women and their healthy, full-term infants at [...]

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Defining acidosis in postoperative cardiac patients using Stewart’s method of strong ion difference*

Objective: To define the true incidence and nature of acidosis in pediatric patients postcardiac surgery, using Stewart’s direct method of measuring strong ion difference. We also wished to compare the ability of standard indirect methods (base deficit, lactate, anion gap, and corrected anion gap) to accurately predict tissue acidosis. Design: A single-center prospective observational study. [...]

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Neuroimaging in Leukodystrophies: Conventional Brain MRI

Owing to its high sensitivity, MRI is the primary neuroimaging modality used to detect and characterize white-matter abnormalities in patients with leukodystrophies.[8,9] Several important contributions of MRI have been recognized.[7] First, MRI shows gross morphology and involvement of different brain structures or tissue classes. Typically, leukodystrophies are associated with increased T1 and T2 relaxation times [...]

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