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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Antibiotics In Babies May Cause Weight Problems

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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

After Birth, Keep An Eye On Baby's Belly Button

After 40 Birth, Belly Button Could Lead To Problems

I was surprised when I read the article below about some of the things new mothers should watch out for on a newborn's belly button. 

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 I recall having to clean my baby's belly button with alcohol wipes, but when I took her to the pediatrician, I found out I was doing it all wrong.  It's actually kind of a scary process!  However, you should ask for training on how to care for it because it could lead to problems.  Read more:


 This article addresses some belly button dangers:


Danger from the Belly Button
The navel gives a fetus life, but can bring a newborn death.
by Mark Cohen (www.discovermagazine.com)


There is a little-known structure in the developing fetus called the urachus, which is a tube leading from the bladder to the umbilicus. The urachus is derived from a tubelike embryonic structure known as the allantois (Greek for “sausage”), which ­eventually forms the urethra, the urinary bladder, and part of the umbilical cord ­itself. By the time most babies are born, the urachus has collapsed down to a solid cord that connects the bladder with the back of the belly button and is useful only as a landmark for surgeons.


The telltale sign is swelling and redness of the skin around the cord, which often leaks pus. Suddenly, the baby begins to look sick. Those infants, like my patient years ago, can die.
In rare cases, however, part or all of the urachus remains open after a baby is born. When the entire tube is open, the baby will leak small amounts of urine from his belly button. Partial closure can lead to a urachal sinus, a small pocket that remains at the upper end of the urachus and still maintains its connection to the cord. Sometimes that structure can become infected. A simple infected urachal sinus is treated with oral antibiotics and removed surgically after the infection clears. I suspected that was what I was dealing with.

Excessive Weight Gain in Pregnancy May Be Linked To Cancer


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Monday, August 27, 2012

Nuchal Translucency Screening


Pregnancy Over 40, Noninvasive Tests

Not all women want to have an amnio during their pregnancy.
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 There are risks involved and there are less invasive tests that can help assess your baby's risk for certain abnormalities. This article talks about nuchal translucency screening and what information it can provide:

www.babycenter.com

From the article:


The NT scan must be done when you're between 11 and 14 weeks pregnant. (The last day you can have it done is the day you turn 13 weeks and 6 days pregnant.) It's usually offered along with a blood test in what's known as first-trimester combined screening.

Like other screening tests, an NT scan won't give you a diagnosis. But it can assess your baby's risk for certain problems and help you decide whether you want to have chorionic villus sampling (CVS) or amniocentesis to find out whether your baby is actually affected.

The NT scan has been performed in the United States since 1995, mostly at large medical centers. Ultrasound technicians (sonographers) and doctors need special training and high-resolution ultrasound equipment to perform it correctly. They must be certified by the Fetal Medicine Foundation in London, the organization that sets the international standards and provides the software that enables a doctor to evaluate your baby's risk.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Can Pre-term Births Be Predicted?


Although the following article is technical in nature, it gives some interesting information about how certain "protein biomarkers" found in women's amniotic fluid may predict premature labor.

Protein Analysis Of Amniotic Fluid Reveals Clues About Preterm Birth (www.sciencedaily.com)

From the article:

"We looked at a group of women with pregnancies between 18 to 22 weeks. These women had a condition called incompetent cervix, where their cervix dilates in the absence of labor," says Carl P. Weiner, M.D., professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

The researchers tested the amniotic fluid for four distinct proteins they previously had linked to inflammation, a known cause of preterm labor. "Women with these four protein biomarkers went on to deliver early even though their cervix was sewn shut. And, for the first time, our research identified another protein biomarker in the amniotic fluid, this one linked to decidual hemorrhage or bleeding into the lining of the uterus," explains Dr. Weiner who is a maternal/fetal medicine specialist at the Center for Advanced Fetal Care at the University of Maryland Medical Center. "Women with the biomarker for decidual hemorrhage also went on to deliver early, despite efforts to stop preterm labor."


This discovery may lead to new combination treatments for pre-term labor.

Friday, August 03, 2012

How Do You Know If You're In Labor?

This YouTube video gives some good information about some of the early signs of labor:

Thursday, August 02, 2012

Dislocated Hips In Babies


I recall, after my daughter was born, her hips were checked by rotating the legs around. It was a little unnerving to watch because it looked like the test itself might be hurting her. Fortunately, her hips were fine, but here is an article about what parents should look for:

www.hip-baby.org

From the article:

Hip dysplasia is normally called developmental (DDH), and occasionally congenital (CHD), and occurs when the top of the femur (leg bone) is not properly located in the hip socket or not located where the hip socket is expected to develop. Hip dysplasia in humans is normally diagnosed in babies. Statistically, girls have a higher incidence of hip dysplasia than boys. There are a variety of treatments that are used depending on the age of the child and the severity of the condition.

How is Hip Dysplasia Diagnosed?
Doctors should test every baby for hip dysplasia within moments of the baby's birth, and also at many of the initial well baby doctor visits. These tests consist of the doctor moving both legs at the hips into various positions. The doctors are checking for symptoms such as "clicky hips", or unexpected movement such as a loose or dislocated hip joint. If the doctor suspects hip dysplasia, she may perform an ultrasound (on a newborn) or have an x-ray taken. In our experience, the baby should be referred to a pediatric orthopedic doctor for a final diagnosis and treatment.

You, the parent, may suspect that something is not quite right with your child. Some common symptoms that you can detect include: the child may "crab walk" when cruising the furniture, her feet may be turned out so much that they begin to point backwards, or as shown in the picture, the folds of skin in her groin or on her legs are not the same (they are asymmetric).

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