New Technique May Help Baby Recover From Lack Of OxygenMany difficult deliveries or other pregnancy complications can result in conditions like cerebral palsy in the baby.
This interesting article talks about how if a baby is oxygen deprived, cooling their body could help prevent brain damage. Read more:
Three in 1,000 babies in Britain either die or become severely brain-damaged by lack of oxygen or blood flow to the brain around the time of birth. Survivors often suffer devastating conditions such as cerebral palsy and epilepsy. Research teams at University College London and St Michael's Hospital, Bristol, have perfected different cooling techniques – a "coolcap", a cooling mattress or a body suit circulated with cold water – to reduce a baby's normal body temperature to 33.5C over three days, with the result that many newborns are saved from lifelong disabilities.
This is possible because brain cells that suffer lack of oxygen do not die straight away. They can survive for hours or even days after the "insult". Nerve cells that have not "decided" whether to survive or die can be rescued by low temperatures. (www.telegraph.co.uk)