Neonatology/Newborn Issues

Jan 15, 2010 Issue
Universal Screening for Hearing Loss in Newborns [Putting Prevention into Practice]

Case study: A 29-year-old patient gave birth to a healthy infant two days ago. You visit her and her newborn in the hospital where the first-time mother tells you that her baby is scheduled to have a hearing test in the newborn nursery.

Jan 15, 2010 Issue
Universal Newborn Hearing Screening and Beyond [Editorials]

Dec 15, 2009 Issue
Screening for Phenylketonuria: Reaffirmation Recommendation Statement [U.S. Preventive Services Task Force]

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends screening for phenylketonuria (PKU) in newborns.

May 15, 2009 Issue
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome [Article]

Sudden infant death syndrome is the leading cause of death among healthy infants, affecting 0.57 per 1,000 live births. The most easily modifiable risk factor for sudden infant death syndrome is sleeping position. To reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome, parents should be advised to place...

Apr 15, 2009 Issue
Risks and Benefits of Pacifiers [Article]

Physicians are often asked for guidance about pacifier use in children, especially regarding the benefits and risks, and when to appropriately wean a child. The benefits of pacifier use include analgesic effects, shorter hospital stays for preterm infants, and a reduction in the risk of sudden infan...

Apr 1, 2009 Issue
Infant Formula [Article]

Although the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Family Physicians recommend breast milk for optimal infant nutrition, many parents still choose formula as an acceptable alternative. The wide variety of available formulas is confusing to parents and physicians, but formulas ca...

May 1, 2008 Issue
A Practical Approach to Neonatal Jaundice [Article]

Kernicterus and neurologic sequelae caused by severe neonatal hyperbilirubinemia are preventable conditions. A structured and practical approach to the identification and care of infants with jaundice can facilitate prevention, thus decreasing rates of morbidity and mortality. Primary prevention inc...

Apr 1, 2008 Issue
Expanded Newborn Screening: Information and Resources for the Family Physician [Article]

Family physicians treat an increasing number of children with metabolic disorders identified through newborn screening, and they are often the first line of defense in responding to an abnormal screening result. How the family physician chooses to interpret information from the screening and what he...

Jan 1, 2008 Issue
Newborn Skin: Part I. Common Rashes [Article]

Rashes are extremely common in newborns and can be a significant source of parental concern. Most rashes are benign and self-limited, but others require further work-up for infectious etiologies or underlying systemic disorders.

Jan 1, 2008 Issue
Newborn Skin: Part II. Birthmarks [Article]

Nearly all birthmarks are of concern to parents, but there is limited evidence to guide management. Most benign birthmarks do not require treatment, but effective cosmetic laser treatments exist. Some birthmarks may require further work-up for underlying defects or potential for malignancy.

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