Cleveland Clinic Drops the Ball in an Attempt to Educate Parents on Safe Sleep
Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in. More Cleveland Clinic more problems, this time it's some questionable advice on safe sleep for infants.
Cases of Newborn Syphilis are Increasing at an Alarming Rate
Cases of syphilis are being diagnosed in infants in record numbers in the United States.
Ear Acupuncture for Procedural Pain in Neonates: More Randomized Controlled Nonsense
A recently published multicenter randomized and placebo controlled study attempted to answer the question of whether or not magnetic acupuncture beads stuck on premature baby ears reduced pain during a common screening exam. They don't. And they might have made things worse for these babies.
Lotus Birth To Blame for Death of Australian Newborn
Lotus Birth, an "ethically inadmissible" practice where a newborn is left attached to the placenta for several days, is risky, benefit free, and is likely to blame for the death of an Australian infant in 2017.
Covid-19 in Children: A New Study Out of China
Children may be less likely to develop COVID-19, but they can get it too; and it may be more severe for infants.
Update on Vitamin K Refusal
Vitamin K shots at birth are a safe and effective method for preventing bleeding, but that doesn't stop some parents from refusing.
Seizure Medications Safer Than Previously Thought for Breastfed Babies
A new study, recently published in JAMA Neurology, further supports the safety of breastfeeding while taking medications for epilepsy. But there are a couple caveats to be aware of.
From the Vault: Newborn Vitamin K Shots Save Baby Lives
I've gone into the vault in order to save new content until after technical difficulties have been ironed out. Here is one of my earliest and most memorable (to me) posts on the newborn vitamin K shot and risks of refusing it.
Baby Translating Technology: Revolutionary Parenting Tool or Confirmation Bias Bonanza
Caring for a young infant, although a potentially rewarding means of producing a labor force for chores and minor home repairs, can be a trying ordeal for both new and experienced parents. The peaks and valleys of parental experience can leave a caregiver both exhilarated and agonizingly frustrated during a single hour of childcare, let alone the first few months. It is...
Separating Fact from Fiction in the Newborn Nursery: Hepatitis B Vaccine for Newborns
For those of you new to Science-Based Medicine, I am a pediatric hospitalist and spend the majority of my time caring for newborns. It’s an extremely rewarding experience on most days. The babies are usually healthy, the parents are usually happy and appreciative, and I get to give a lot of good news. I also get to dispel a lot of myths...