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Smoking in Pregnancy Greatly Raises Odds for SIDS in Newborns

Infants exposed to maternal smoking during pregnancy are more than five times more likely to die unexpectedly compared to babies of nonsmokers, a new study says.

"The message is simple. Smoking greatly elevates the risk of sudden unexpected infant death," said lead study author

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  • January 30, 2023
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  • Siblings of Babies Who Died of SIDS May Also Face Higher Risk

    Researchers have long struggled to figure out what causes a seemingly healthy baby to die suddenly in the first year of life, with an array of possible genetic and environmental factors to choose from.

    Now a large, Danish study has found that in families where one child has succumbed to sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), a younger sibling’s risk appears to quadruple.

    “I am not...

    Top FDA Official Involved in Baby Formula Debacle Resigns

    A U.S. Food and Drug Administration official who has led the agency’s food policy efforts since 2018 announced his resignation on Wednesday.

    Frank Yiannas was also among the top officials leading the agency response to last year’s infant formula shortage.

    "Today, I informed [FDA] Commissio...

    FDA Wants to Lower Lead Levels in Baby Food

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has proposed stricter limits on levels of lead in infant food products.

    The agency announced draft guidance for manufacturers that would lower allowable lead levels in processed foods meant for infants and children 2 years and younger.

    The change could reduce dietary exposure to lead, which can cause neurological and developmental harm, the FDA ...

    Abbott Labs Confirms Justice Department Probe Following Infant Formula Crisis

    MONDAY, Jan. 23, 2023 (HealthDay News) – Trouble continues for Abbott Laboratories, which shut down an infant formula plant last year amid reported illnesses.

    The U.S. Department of Justice is now investigating the company, though Abbott did not say specifically what the investigation is covering, NBC News reported.

    “DOJ has informed us of its investigation and we’r...

    Penis Birth Defects Are on the Rise – Are Environmental Toxins to Blame?

    Doctors are seeing an alarming increase in cases of a specific genital malformation in male babies, and new research suggests environmental factors might be at play.

    The malformation is known as hypospadias, where the opening of the urethra is not at the tip of the penis, but on the underside of the organ.

    In the study, scientists identified a direct link between hypospadias tissue ...

    Preterm Birth Tied to Lower IQs, Poorer School Grades

    By the time they're teenagers, babies born prematurely may be getting poorer school grades than their non-preemie peers.

    Researchers found that babies born before 34 weeks of pregnancy had lower scores on math and language tests during their teen years compared to kids born at 40 weeks.

    However, the study did not find a significant difference in later brain function in babies born b...

    Kids' COVID More Dangerous When Co-Infected With RSV, Colds

    As colds, flu and COVID continue to circulate this winter, a new U.S. government study finds that young children infected with COVID plus a second virus tend to become sicker.

    While severe COVID is rare among children, kids can and do fall ill enough to end up in the hospital.

    During the pandemic's first two years, young U.S. children who were hospitalized with COVID tended to be mo...

    Young Americans Still Want Same Number of Kids, Just Not Right Now

    When birth rates fall in the United States, experts try to figure out what’s happening.

    The fertility rate is at its lowest since the 1970s -- 1.71 per woman, according to a new study.

    But it's not that young people today don't want children, new research suggests. In fac...

    Vaccinated Moms' Breast Milk Could Protect Baby From COVID

    Infants too young to be vaccinated for COVID-19 get some protection from their mothers’ breast milk, researchers say.

    The new study follows up on findings published in 2021 that showed the breast milk of vaccinated people contained antibodies against the COVID-19 virus.

    For the stu...

    5.4 Million Baby Sleepers Recalled After More Than 115 Infant Deaths

    Two companies are issuing new recalls on Monday for millions of previously recalled rocking sleepers for infants, with about 115 infant deaths possibly linked to use of the sleepers so far reported.

    With both products, the Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play Sleepers and the Kids2 Rocking Sleepers, infants have rolled from their back to their stomach or side while unrestrained, in addition to pos...

    Almost 700,000 Rocking Sleepers Recalled After 15 Babies Die

    Following the deaths of 15 infants, families are advised to immediately stop using all models of Kids2 Rocking Sleepers, according to a second recall notice.

    Four of those 15 babies died after the first recall notice, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reported.

    The company is recalling 694,000 Rocking Sleepers. Parents can contact the Kids2 company for a refund.

    Good Parental Leave Gives Big Boost to Moms' Mental Health

    Generous parental leave policies at work can do wonders for a new mom's mental health.

    This is among the key messages from a new review of 45 studies examining how parental leave policies affect mom and dad’s mental health and well-being.

    Mothers working for companies with generous parental leave policies were less likely to experience symptoms of depression, poor mental heal...

    Newborns' 'Random' Body Movements Are Helping Them Learn

    Those seemingly random kicks or wiggles a newborn baby makes have a purpose.

    With each movement, the baby is developing its sensorimotor system, which it will later use to perform sequential movements. The sensorimotor system lets a person control muscles, movement and coordination.

    Researchers studying these “spontaneous” newborn movements and comparing them to babies a few mon...

    Obesity Might Lower Milk Production in Breastfeeding Moms

    While 8 of 10 mothers breastfeed their newborns for a short time, the number plummets despite recommendations from experts, in part because milk production falls off.

    Researchers investigating why that happens found that in women who are obese, inflammation may be the culprit.

    Prior research has shown that when a person is obese, chronic inflammation starts in the fat and spreads to...

    Babies in Danger From Ingesting Opioids Laced With Animal Tranquilizer

    When a toddler or an infant accidentally ingests a prescription opioid medication, the immediate results can prove deadly, experts warn.

    But another new worrisome dynamic is afoot in the United States, a just-published study reveals: pediatric poisonings from a particularly lethal combo — a ...

    Formula Feeding Raises Odds for Anemia in Very 'Preemie' Babies

    Babies born prematurely who are fed formula may need iron supplementation like their breastfed counterparts, new research suggests.

    “Just because a baby is on iron-rich formula, we should not assume all of their iron needs are being met, since iron from the formula may not have the same absorption as iron from breast milk,” said researcher Grace Power. She is a third-year medical stu...

    Feds Urge Vaccination as 'Tripledemic' Hits More Americans

    Flu, RSV and COVID-19 are creating a perfect storm of respiratory disease that is overwhelming the nation's health care systems.

    Vaccination will be key to getting through the winter holidays with your health intact, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said during a m...

    Pfizer Asks FDA to Approve Tweaked COVID Booster as Third Shot for Kids Under 5

    Infants and young children could soon receive an updated COVID-19 vaccine as part of their three-dose series.

    Pfizer Inc. on Monday asked the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to have the vaccine that targets the Omicron subvariants BA.4 and BA.5 replace the third dose in the series for children aged 6 months through 4 years old. Children in that age group would still receive two doses o...

    Girl Toddlers Have Bigger Vocabularies, and Researchers Now Know Why

    Young girls tend to babble their way to bigger vocabularies earlier than boys, and researchers now think they might know why.

    It has nothing to do with gender, and everything to do with parental interaction, researchers assert.

    Parents tend to talk more to young children who have started talking and can respond to them, regardless of gender, according to data derived from more than ...

    Paxlovid OK for Use in Pregnant Women Infected With COVID

    Moms-to-be can safely take Paxlovid to help keep their COVID infection from turning serious, a new study shows.

    Nearly everyone in a group of 47 pregnant women prescribed Paxlovid did well on the drug, which did not appear to interfere with their pregnancy in any significant way, researchers report in the Nov. 29 issue of the journal

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  • December 1, 2022
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  • Shortages of Antibiotics, Antivirals Are Making a Tough Illness Season Worse

    An early surge in cold and flu cases has created shortages in key antiviral and antibiotic drugs needed for the annual “sick season,” pharmacists report.

    The antiviral flu drug Tamiflu is in short supply for both adults and children, in both its brand name formulation as well as the generic version, said Mich...

    Exposure to Zika Virus in Womb Might Alter Kids' Development

    Children exposed to the Zika virus may need more support as they start school, even if they were not diagnosed with Zika-related birth defects and congenital Zika syndrome (CZS), a new study suggests.

    Children may still have differences in brain development, including those in thinking skills, mood and mobility, though researchers said some identified in the study may have been a measure ...

    Lead Toxin Concerns Spur Recall of Toddler Sippy Cups

    Parents whose toddlers use certain Green Sprouts bottles or cups need to discard them immediately because of a risk of lead exposure, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) warns.

    When the base of the cups come apart, it exposes a solder dot that contains lead, according to a

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  • November 28, 2022
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  • COVID in Pregnancy Can Vary — Get Vaccinated to Stay Safe

    When pregnant women contract COVID-19, one in 10 will have moderate, severe or even critical symptoms, a new study finds.

    So it's important they get their COVID vaccines, experts say.

    “Given that patients in all trimesters of pregnancy are susceptible to infection and severe respiratory illness from COVID-19, these findings add urgency to the need for vaccination of all pregnant i...

    About 1 in 35 U.S. Pregnancies Exposed to Opioids

    Researchers have found that nearly 3% of pregnancies in the United States were exposed to addictive opioid drugs.

    The finding stems from an analysis of data from 21,905 pregnant women in what's dubbed the ECHO program (Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes), a federally funded effort to investigate the effects of early life exposures on several key areas of child health.

    Food Banks Save Needy Families Up to $1,000 Per Year

    Millions of Americans will enjoy a hot, nutritious Thanksgiving meal thanks to their local food pantry, often staffed by volunteers. Now, new research spotlights just how important these charities are.

    Families who rely on pantries for food assistance come away with $600 to $1,000 in free meals and produce every year, after taking into account time, transportation and other costs associ...

    Many U.S. Parents Avoid Vaccine Talks With Child's Doctor

    Vaccines have become a hot topic in the past few years, but a new survey finds many parents aren't discussing immunization with their child's doctor.

    Though a child's pediatrician has often been the go-to resource on vaccines, the University of Michigan Medicine poll found that 1 in 7 parents have not discussed vaccines with their child's doctor during the pandemic.

    While 80% of p...

    Time Spent in Day Care Won't Harm Child's Development

    Millions of parents drop their toddlers off at day care centers so they can go to work, but some are racked with guilt about it.

    One of their main concerns? Time spent in group day care could encourage their toddler to start acting out.

    Now, a large, new study suggests that parents can breathe a sigh of relief: Kids who spend long hours in day care centers aren't any more likel...

    U.S. Premature Births Hit Highs Not Seen in 15 Years

    More than 1 in every 10 births in the United States now occur prematurely, and the number of these more dangerous deliveries jumped by 4% during 2021, a new report from the March of Dimes shows.

    The premature birth rate has now reached 10.5% of all births — the highest level since 2007, according to the organization focused on maternal and infant health.

    In fact, rates of prematu...

    Kids Born by C-Section May Have Weaker Response to Vaccines

    Babies born via cesarean section may not mount as strong an immune response after some childhood vaccines compared to babies delivered vaginally, researchers suggest.

    Antibody levels can be checked in blood or saliva, and babies born vaginally had higher levels of antibodies in their saliva to pneumonia shots at one year and meningococcal shots at 18 months, a new study showed.

    But ...

    Does Your Child Have a Cold or Severe RSV? Signs to Look For

    As most American parents already know, cases of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), a common illness of childhood, are surging this year. Hospitals are filling up with babies and toddlers very ill with the easy-to-catch illness, which is coming back with a vengeance after lying low during the pandemic.

    But

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  • November 14, 2022
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  • Gene Therapy Used for First Time to Correct Fatal Illness Before Birth

    Doctors are hopeful that an innovative treatment performed before birth may help children born with the rare genetic, and often fatal, condition called Pompe disease.

    A thriving Canadian toddler is evidence that treatment while still in the womb offers better outcomes.

    Doctors from the United States and Canada published a case study Nov. 9 in the

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  • November 10, 2022
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  • For Pregnant Women and Their Newborns, COVID Vaccine Offers Better Protection Than Prior Infection

    Getting vaccinated for COVID-19 while pregnant provides higher levels of antibodies for both mom and baby than catching the virus does, a new study finds.

    When pregnant women received one of the two available mRNA vaccines, researchers found that the women had 10-fold higher antibody concentrations than those who were infected naturally.

    The research team from Children's Hospital o...

    Amy Schumer's Son Recovering After Being Hospitalized With RSV

    A jump in U.S. cases of RSV this fall has affected many infants and children, including comedian Amy Schumer's 3-year-old son, Gene.

    Schumer wrote about her son being hospitalized with respiratory syncytial virus in an Instagram post, calling it the "hardest week of my life."

    Schumer hosted "Saturday Night Live"...

    Amid a Surge in RSV Cases, Hopes for a New Vaccine

    Infants and children sick with RSV are flooding pediatricians' offices and children's hospitals across the United States, due to an early surge of the common childhood virus this year.

    But within one or two “sick seasons,” doctors expect to have on hand long-sought tools to help blunt the impact of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV).

    As many as four new RSV vaccine candidates cou...

    Simple Nose Swab Test Might Gauge Severity of Child's RSV

    While it isn't possible to tell parents how long their child will need to remain in intensive care with a serious case of RSV, new research has unearthed clues that may make it easier to predict which kids will require a longer stay.

    To study the issue, researchers from the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago used nose swabs from children with RSV in the pediatric intensi...

    Infant Head-Shaping Pillows Are Useless and Dangerous to Baby, FDA Warns

    Infant head-shaping pillows are not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and should not be used, the agency warned Thursday.

    The pillows can create an unsafe sleep environment for infants, potentially contributing to the risk of suffocation and death.

    Marketed as changing an infant's head shape or symmetry or claiming to treat other medical conditions, they have no demo...

    Pediatricians Offer Tips on a Spooky But Safe Halloween

    By the time they're in elementary school, kids typically know their favorite parts about celebrating Halloween.

    But the holiday is still new to babies and toddlers, and some little ones may find it all too much.

    That's OK, said pediatrician Dr. Dina DiMaggio, a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She offered some tips for getting started with babies and toddlers who might ...

    Doctors Answer Your Questions About RSV

    While a potential COVID winter surge and the impending flu season get a lot of attention, doctors are worried about another virus.

    This one is RSV -- short for respiratory syncytial virus -- and hospitals across the country are seeing a surge of cases in infants and young children. The virus can...

    What Parents Need to Know About Cronobacter Bacteria in Baby Formula

    Cronobacter sakazakii has been in the news as the cause of infant infections and the reason for a U.S. baby formula recall and resulting shortage this year.

    Infections are rare and the bacteria is harmless for most people. Yet it can be dangerous or even life-threatening for infants, especially those who ar...

    Toddlers Nap a Lot - and Then They Don't. New Research Uncovers Why

    Why do some preschoolers refuse naps while others have a meltdown without an afternoon snooze? Researchers suspect it may have a lot to do with a specific memory-related part of the brain.

    While young children all need a lot of sleep, they do vary widely in when they stop napping during the day: Some leave naps behind by the time they are 3, while many others happily take an afternoon nap...

    Cases of Child RSV Are Swamping Hospitals. What Are the Symptoms, Treatments?

    Pediatricians' offices, children's hospitals, urgent care centers and emergency rooms across the United States are being overwhelmed by an early, heavy surge of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) among infants and young children.

    Reported cases of RSV started rising dramatically in September, and by mid-October were at their ...

    U.S. Child Hunger Spiked in Weeks After Child Tax Credits Repealed

    Child tax credits had a huge impact in U.S. households that struggle to afford food.

    And after those credits ended, many...

    Black Babies Born Through Fertility Treatments Face Worse Survival Than White Infants: Study

    It's well known that Black women in the United States have an increased risk of childbirth complications. Now, a large new study finds even larger racial disparities when women conceive through infertility treatments.

    Researchers found that among U.S. women who'd undergone various

    Abbott Announces Recall of Infant Formula Over Defective Caps

    Abbott Inc. has announced that it is again recalling some of its infant formula products, though the company said this latest recall is small and should not significantly impact nationwide supply.

    This recall was triggered by the fact that some bottles may have defective caps that could lead to the product spoiling, which could lead to diarrhea and vomiting if consumed.

    "This recall...

    Pregnancy May Have Women Cutting Back on Smoking Before They Know They've Conceived

    Pregnancy can be a big motivator for women to stop smoking. Now a new study suggests that at least some pregnant smokers start cutting back even before they know they've conceived.

    The findings, researchers say, suggest there may be biological mechanisms during pregnancy that can bl...

    Pandemic Lockdowns May Have Slowed Babies' Communication Skills

    When social interaction came to a halt during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, newborn babies missed out on vital communication milestones, researchers say.

    A new Irish study found about 25% of these new babies spent a year without ever meeting a child their own age. Incidental interactions with strangers and community members at grocery stores or play groups didn't happen. They...

    7 Million U.S. Women Live in Maternity Care 'Deserts': Report

    Pregnancy can be safer and healthier for both mom and baby with good access to quality maternity care.

    Yet, the United States is still among one of the most dangerous developed nations for childbirth, especially in rural areas and communities of color, according to a new March of Dimes repo...

    When Stroke Harms One Side of a Newborn's Brain, Other Side Takes Over

    Many language skills are "left brain," but a new study shows that when a newborn suffers a stroke in that region, the brain is able to shift those language duties to the right.

    The researchers said the findings highlight the striking malleabil...

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