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New Study Suggests Benefits of Intranasal Breast Milk in Cases of Intraventricular Hemorrhage

A recent Scary Mommy article put a November 2018 study in the spotlight regarding  the benefits of intranasal breast milk administration in infants with intraventricular hemorrhage (IVH) (1,2).  What is intraventricular hemorrhage? Intraventricular hemorrhages, or brain bleeds, happen when there is bleeding within the brain’s ventricular system. IVH can result from oxygen deprivation at birth…

Bulging Fontanelle

What is a bulging fontanelle? The human skull is made of many bones, which join together to protect the brain. The lines at which they fuse are called sutures. When a baby is born, these sutures are not yet all firmly joined together. This allows the head to be a bit more flexible as it…

Respiratory Distress Syndrome (RDS)

Respiratory distress syndrome (RDS), previously called hyaline membrane disease (HMD), is a newborn health condition characterized by breathing difficulty. It occurs when a baby’s body does not produce enough of a lung-lubricating substance called surfactant. Babies with RDS have trouble expanding their lungs, which can make it difficult for them to take in oxygen and…

Premature Birth Research: Additional Benefits of Prenatal Steroids

Research Overview: Clinicians and birth injury experts have long known that administering prenatal steroids to premature infants hastens lung maturation and improves outcomes, but recent research has uncovered some additional benefits for this at-risk population. Dr. Henry Lee of Stanford University reports in the Journal of Perinatology (part of the prestigious Nature Publishing Group, which…

Has Shaken Baby Syndrome Been Overdiagnosed?

Some Medical Experts Now Believe Shaken Baby Syndrome May Have Been Overdiagnosed, Leading To Parents And Caregivers Being Unfairly Convicted In the past, shaken baby syndrome, sometimes referred to as abusive head trauma, has been diagnosed when medical personnel found three symptoms (known as the “triad”): subdural hematoma, brain swelling, and bleeding behind the eyes….

What Causes Seizures in Babies?

When a newborn baby begins to have seizures, parents wonder what is causing the seizures, how neonatal seizures are treated, if seizures mean the baby has a brain injury, and if the baby will have lifelong problems. Parents also want to know if the medical team did something wrong during or near the time of birth that caused the baby to have a brain injury, resulting in seizures.

Delayed diagnosis of TGA causes baby to suffer a lack of oxygen to her brain, an intracranial hemorrhage (brain bleed) & permanent brain damage.

A baby experienced a severe lack of oxygen to her brain, a brain bleed and severe brain damage because she was born at home and did not receive a simple test that would have led to the diagnosis of a congenital heart condition that usually has good outcomes when diagnosed early.

Intracerebral Hemorrhage Causes Substantial Risk of Seizures and Epilepsy in Babies and Children

When infants and children suffer an intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH), there is substantial risk of seizures and epilepsy. Many seizures that follow ICH can only be detected on an EEG. Thus, routine EEG monitoring of children with ICH is essential. Elevated intracranial pressure (ICP) is a risk factor for seizures and epilepsy and should therefore be promptly treated.