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COVID Shot in Pregnancy Helps Baby, Even If Mom's Been Infected: Study

Pregnant women who get COVID-19 and then get vaccinated before giving birth are more likely than other moms to pass protective antibodies to their newborns, new research shows.

Babies can't get their own shots until they're

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  • September 29, 2022
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  • Use of Frozen Embryos Tied to Higher Odds for Dangerous Complication of Pregnancy

    Frozen embryos appear to be linked with a significantly higher risk of dangerously high blood pressure for the woman in pregnancies achieved through in vitro fertilization, a major new study reports.

    Expectant moms were 74% more likely to develop high blood pressure if her pregnancy resulted from a frozen embryo, as opposed to a fresh embryo or natural conception, according to analysis of...

    First Good Evidence That Babies React to Taste, Smell in Womb

    At the kitchen table, babies trying different foods might look eager or offended, depending on the flavor of what they are asked to eat.

    It turns out infants may develop those taste differences while still in the womb, according to a new study that delivered the first direct evidence that infants can smell and taste while in utero.

    In the study, researchers fed 100 pregnant women a...

    FDA Admits Flaws in Response to Infant Formula Shortage

    WEDNESDAY, Sept. 21, 2022 (HealthDay News) – In a report issued Tuesday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration acknowledged numerous shortcomings in its response to the infant formula shortage earlier this year.

    “For things that are critical to the public health, if you don’t have some understanding of how all t...

    Umbilical Cords Could Be Lifesavers for Fragile Newborns

    When doctors deliver a healthy newborn, it’s common to wait about a minute to clamp and cut the umbilical cord, giving the baby the benefits of extra cord blood as it begins its life outside the womb.

    The same is not true for babies born limp, with minimal breathing. The go-to plan for those babies, known as "non-vigorous" infants, has been to clamp the cord quickly and work on stabiliz...

    Declutter That Crib: 'Bare Is Best' for Baby's Safe Sleep

    When putting baby to bed, skip the cozy comforters, stuffed animals and pillows.

    The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) says bare is best — just a sheet. And, it urges, always put baby down for a rest in products specifically designed for their sleep, including cribs, bassinets and play yards.

    “What is comfortable for the way adults sleep, isn’t

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  • September 18, 2022
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  • Walking, Sitting: What Works Best to Help Baby Stop Crying?

    A new study hands parents what seems like a miraculous gift: A simple, free technique that takes just 13 minutes to put wailing infants to sleep.

    Researchers in Japan found that walking around while carrying infants for five minutes calmed the newborns, while another eight minutes of sitt...

    Pandemic Silver Lining: Drop in Infections That Cause Birth Defects

    The number of babies born with a virus that commonly causes birth defects may have dropped significantly during the COVID-19 pandemic, new research suggests.

    That was true in Minnesota, the first state to start screening all newborns for congenital cytomegalovirus (CMV).

    In the five years leading up to the pandemic, about 1 in every 200 babies was born with CMV. That dropped to 1 in...

    Taking 2 Supplements in Pregnancy Could Lower Baby's Odds for Croup

    Many new parents have been jarred awake in the dead of night when they hear their baby let out that telltale barky cough that signals a bout of croup.

    Until now, nothing was thought to stave off the disease in babies who are prone to it, but a new study has discovered that when women took hi...

    Air Pollution May Alter a Baby's Gut Microbiome

    High levels of air pollution during the first six months of life could affect the colonies of bacteria in babies' guts, increasing their risk for allergies, obesity, diabetes and issues with brain development, according to new research.

    Researchers said their new study is the first to show a...

    Pediatricians Urge Parents to Get Kids a Flu Shot

    Children should get their flu shot as soon as it is available, preferably by the end of October, a leading medical group recommends.

    Flu vaccination lagged last year, with 55% of children getting their vaccines, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) noted. Coverage levels were 8 percentage points lower for Black childre...

    Leading U.S. Pediatricians' Group Issues Guidelines to Prevent Patient Abuse

    Recent years have seen several high-profile cases of doctors sexually abusing young patients. Now the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is issuing new recommendations aimed at prevention.

    Medical visits are usually a safe place for children and teenagers, but when abuse does happen, it is an egregious violation.

    One reason, the AAP says, is because parents and kids trust that hea...

    Factory at Center of Baby Formula Recall Will Produce Similac Soon

    Roughly six months after it shut down its baby formula plant in Michigan, Abbott Laboratories said it plans to begin making Similac again.

    The baby formula will be the latest to restart production after Abbott's specialty formulas, including EleCare, resumed production a couple of months ago. In February, Abbott closed its plant and recal...

    Breastfeeding Can Protect Hearts of Mom, Baby Long Term

    Breastfeeding can deliver long-term heart benefits to both mother and child, a new statement from the American Heart Association (AHA) says.

    The immune systems of newborns and infants can be strengthened by breast milk, which has long been a...

    U.S. Government Extends Baby Formula Waivers, Rebates for WIC Families

    To help parents who use government nutrition benefits cope with an ongoing shortage of baby formula, U.S. federal officials will extend a program giving them more choice at the grocery store.

    Families who buy formula through the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women Infants and Children (WIC) will be able to buy substitutes for their regular formula through Dec. 31 -- or for 60...

    Kids Born Premature Lag in Elementary School, But Most Catch Up Later

    While babies born prematurely may lag behind their elementary school peers, they eventually catch up, British researchers report.

    By the end of high school, only the kids born before 32 weeks of gestation were continuing to struggle, according to a new study published online Aug. 17 in the journal

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  • August 18, 2022
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  • Countries With Universal Health Care Had Better Child Vaccination Rates During Pandemic

    Countries that are closer to achieving universal health coverage saw smaller declines in routine childhood vaccinations during the pandemic, a new study reveals.

    The World Health Organization describes universal health coverage as "all individuals and communities receive the health services...

    When Adults Sign Up for Medicaid, Kids Can Benefit

    Some adults who sign up for Medicaid also bring their unenrolled but eligible kids into the system, a new study reports.

    For every nine adults who gained access to Medicaid in Oregon due to a special enrollment lottery, one previously eligible child was added to the rolls as well, according to researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

    Their study called this an examp...

    Another Study Shows COVID's Danger to Pregnant Women

    Pregnancy significantly increases the odds of devastating outcomes from COVID-19, a new study confirms.

    Complications from the virus to pregnant women can include heart attack, arrhythmias, heart failure and

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  • August 11, 2022
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  • Women Exposed to Racism at Higher Odds for Premature Delivery

    Numerous studies have found discrimination can hurt aspects of human health.

    Now, new research adds to that the impact of discrimination on the youngest humans by linking discrimination with a heightened risk of underweight and premature infants.

    Maternal death rates amo...

    Cases of Potentially Deadly Parechovirus in Infants Are Surging

    Parechovirus, a virus that can cause severe illness in infants, is on the rise in parts of the United States.

    Twenty-nine infants were admitted to the Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville this year, which includes 23 admitted during a six-week period this spring, according to a new study. By contrast, only 19 cases were detected over five months in 2018...

    Race Plays Role in How Soon Babies With Cystic Fibrosis Get Care

    Babies who are white appear to get diagnostic appointments for cystic fibrosis earlier than babies of several other races and ethnicities, new research shows.

    This can cause gaps in care and outcomes.

    While it is recommended that infants who have an initial positive screening for cystic fibrosis be furt...

    Tough to Get Your Kid to Take Medicine? An Expert Offers Tips

    Sometimes it's difficult for parents to get their child to take necessary medication.

    One expert who spends part of her workday guiding parents through this challenge offers some suggestions to make the ordeal easier.

    Emily Glarum, a child life specialist at the Heart Institute at Children's Hospital Los Angeles, offers these tips: Be honest, practice it, provide choices, set a sch...

    FDA to Take a Hard Look at Its Food, Tobacco Programs

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration will begin a comprehensive review of its food and tobacco programs amid a high-profile infant formula shortage and recent rulings on e-cigarettes.

    FDA Commissioner Robert Califf first announced the re...

    CDC Warns of Dangerous Virus Infecting Babies in Multiple States

    A virus dangerous to infants is spreading across the United States, and parents and pediatricians should be on the lookout for symptoms, federal health officials say.

    Parechovirus has caused at least one infant death and has cropped up in multiple states since May, according to a health advisory issued by the U....

    25 Million Kids Missed Routine Vaccinations Worldwide in 2021

    Roughly 25 million children around the world missed critical vaccinations during 2021, as the pandemic continued to disrupt routine medical care, a new report from the World Health Organization and UNICEF shows.

    "This is a red alert for child health. We are witnessing the largest sustained drop in childhood immu...

    Snuggling With Dad: Fathers' Contact Can Help Preemies Thrive

    Decades of research have shown the power of skin-to-skin contact between preemies and their moms, but would the same technique, dubbed "kangaroo care," work with fathers?

    Yes, claims a new Australian study that found when dads held their premature babies close to their bare chest, they reported feeling a "s...

    Breastfeeding May Be Key to Letting Preemie Babies Thrive

    Preterm infants who are breastfed do better in school and are less likely to develop attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), says a new study.

    Preemies have a higher risk of doing poorly in math, reading and other academic skills, previous studies have shown. They're also at greater risk for ADHD.

    But starting them off with lots of breast milk appears to blunt this risk an...

    Troubled Infant Formula Plant Resumes Production

    Abbott Inc. has announced that it has resumed production at its infant formula plant, following a February shutdown over contamination concerns that triggered a months-long shortage of infant formula.

    The Sturgis, Mich., factory had restarted production earlier this summer, but had to

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  • Babies' Babble Brings Big Learning Bonus

    Babies' babble may be smarter than you think.

    A new study shows that infants as young as 3- to 5-months of age can tell that the unintelligible sounds they make before they learn to talk can impact the people around them.

    Traditionally, this babbling has been regarded simply as a byproduct of babies trying to work their mouths and exercise their voices. Instead, the new research sho...

    U.S. Opens Baby Formula Market to Foreign Suppliers

    The Biden administration said Wednesday it is taking steps to ensure that international makers of baby formula can continue marketing their products in the United States, to avoid any infant formula shortage in the future.

    The move to help foreign suppliers who have had temporary approval for their formulas will provide consumers with more choices and bolster the industry against future s...

    Pool Neck Floats a Danger to Babies, FDA Warns

    Neck floats marketed for babies to use in water can lead to serious injury or death, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned this week.

    The inflatable plastic rings are especially dangerous for infants who have developmental delays or special needs, such as those with spina bifida, spinal muscular atrophy...

    Postpartum Depression Can Hit Both Mom & Dad, Sometimes at Same Time

    Most people have heard that women can experience depression after the birth of a child.

    But the condition is not limited to moms: New dads can experience depression in the months after their baby is born, by all accounts an enormous life change. This can even happen simultaneously, and with consequences for each of them and their new baby.

    To better understand these experiences, res...

    Updated Infant Sleep Guidelines: No Inclined Products, Bed-Sharing

    New infant sleep guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) stress that parents make sure their infants sleep alone on their back on a flat surface and not in bed with mom or dad.

    In addition, th...

    Abbott Infant Formula Plant Closed Again After Flooding

    EleCare specialty infant formula production at Abbott's Michigan plant has been halted after severe storms triggered flooding in the plant. The closure comes less than two weeks after the factory resumed production following a months-long shutdown that fueled a national formula shortage.

    As a result of the flooding, "Abbott has stopped production of its EleCare specialty formula that was ...

    Feds Warn of 14 Infant Deaths in Rockers From Fisher-Price, Kids2

    At least 13 infant deaths have been reported in Fisher-Price's Infant-to-Toddler Rockers and Newborn-to-Toddler Rockers since 2009, while there has been one death reported with a Kids2 Bright Starts Rocker, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and both companies warned in new alerts issued Tuesday.

    Rockers should never be used for sleep, and infants should never be unsupervi...

    Drownings in Home Pools, Hot Tubs Kill Hundreds of Kids Each Year

    Hundreds of U.S. children die in pool and hot tub drownings each year, and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is urging parents to redouble safety efforts this summer.

    That's because many children have been away from the water during the past two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    "Child drowning rates and nonfatal drowning injuries among children under 15 years old...

    Abbott Baby Formula Plant Tied to Shortage Reopens

    Production has resumed at the Michigan infant formula plant forced to close in February over product contamination and safety lapses, but it will take about three weeks before new formula from the plant makes its way to American consumers, Abbott Nutrition said Saturday.

    The plant is the largest formula factory in the United States and its closure triggered a nationwide shortage that is e...

    Amid Shortage, More Infant Formula to Arrive in US Next Week

    Shipments of infant formula from Australia and the U.K. are expected to arrive in the United States next week as part of the Biden administration's ongoing effort to ease a nationwide shortage of formula.

    Under the Operation Fly Formula program, 2...

    Abbott to Re-Open Baby Formula Plant on June 4

    Beginning June 4, Abbott Nutrition will restart producing baby formula at a shuttered factory that's been central to the ongoing shortage of infant formula in the United States, the company announced on Tuesday.

    The factory in Sturgis, Mich., has been closed since February for what the U.S. Food and Drug Administration called "insanitary conditions." In the first three months of the year...

    U.S. Births Rose in 2021 for First Time in 7 Years

    It may not qualify as a baby boom, but U.S. births were up in 2021 for the first time in years.

    New federal government data show a 1% increase in births from 2020, with more than 3.6 million births last year. It was the first increase in seven years.

    The

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  • May 24, 2022
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  • Emergency Shipment of Baby Formula Arrives From Europe

    A 35-ton shipment of hypoallergenic baby formula from Switzerland arrived in the United States on Sunday, the first delivery in what the Biden administration is calling "Operation Fly Formula" to deal with a nationwide shortage.

    The 132 pallets of formula arrived in Indianapolis on a military C-17 cargo plane from Germany, and will be fed to babies intolerant of the protein supplied by co...

    U.S. Maternal Mortality Crisis Hits Black Women Hardest

    With Roe v. Wade hanging in the balance and nearly half of all American states ready to practically ban abortion if the leaked draft opinion from the Supreme Court stands, the realities of giving birth in this country are being put under a microscope, and for good reason.

    "Today, [America] is considered the most dangerous developed nation in the world in which to give birth," said St...

    C-Sections Won't Raise Baby's Odds for Food Allergies

    Babies delivered by cesarean section are no more likely to have food allergies during their first year of life than other infants, according to an Australian study.

    The association between type of delivery and food allergy risk had been unclear, so researchers decided to take a closer look.

    For the study, they analyzed data on more than 2,000 infants in Australia; 30% were delivered...

    Senate OKs Bill to Overhaul Infant Formula Rules

    A bill that would allow families in a U.S. government assistance program to buy whatever brand of baby formula they can find is on the way to President Joe Biden to be signed into law.

    The bill, which is meant to help families in the WIC program obtain baby formula in the midst of a nationwide shortage, was passed by the S...

    Closed Baby Formula Plant May Reopen by Next Week

    A baby formula plant closed in February at the heart of the current U.S. shortage of the product could reopen as soon as next week, U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. Robert Califf told House lawmakers on Thursday.

    The Abbott Nutrition's Michigan formula plant is the largest in the nation, and it was closed due to contamination issues.

    Earlier this week, the FDA...

    Biden Invokes Defense Act to Boost Supply of Infant Formula

    Faced with mounting pressure to help desperate parents, President Joe Biden on Wednesday invoked the power of the wartime Defense Production Act to get more of the precious product into American homes.

    Under the new powers, the federal government can use commercial aircraft or air cargo planes owned by the Defense Department to transport infant formula from countries abroad and fly it in...

    ER Docs to Parents: Please Don't Dilute Infant Formula

    As the United States faces critical shortages of baby formula, parents are being cautioned against watering down formula in an effort to stretch out what they have.

    "Adding extra water to baby formula to try and make it last longer can put a child at risk of a seizure or another medical emergency," said Dr. Gillian Schmitz, president of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP)....

    Biden Signs Law Banning Sleep Products Tied to Infant Deaths

    The manufacture and sale of products known as crib bumpers and sleep incliners - linked with more than 200 infant deaths in the United States - will be banned under a new law signed by President Joe Biden.

    "This is a long-fought and important victory for babies...

    FDA Expands Baby Formula Market to Foreign Suppliers, Moves to Reopen Abbot Plant

    Dealing with a crippling shortage of infant formula that has many U.S. parents desperate, the Food and Drug Administration on Monday announced "increased flexibilities" in allowing foreign manufacturers to help boost American supply of the vital product.

    Also on Monday, the FDA announced that an Abbott Nutrition baby formula manufacturing facility in Michigan that has been closed since F...

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