Author Archives: keithbarrington

About keithbarrington

I am a neonatologist and clinical researcher at Sainte Justine University Health Center in Montréal

Toxicity of reflux medications in infancy

Before I leave the topic for at least a few days, I thought I would discuss data about the toxicity of reflux medications in older children. Most of my ‘toxic placebo’ comments have been about studies in preterm infants, and … Continue reading

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Anti-reflux medications in preterm infants; a whole cornucopia of toxic placebos.

I have written frequently about this on my blog in the past, and even written a book chapter about the subject (in the book titled “Nutrition for the Preterm Neonate” edited by Sanjay Patole). I recently mentioned the subject in my … Continue reading

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Neonatal Sepsis after Chorioamnionitis, what to do about healthy appearing newborns

In 2007, when I was chair of the CPS Fetus and Newborn Committee, we published a guideline regarding the approach to term and late preterm infants with perinatal risk factors for sepsis. Obviously any infant with clinical signs consistent with … Continue reading

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Podcast starring Annie Janvier: the harms of a gestational age label

The Archives of Disease in Childhood (and several other BMJ journals) have a series of podcasts, most of them seem to be interviews between a member of the editorial board and an author of a recent article. In this new … Continue reading

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Maternal complications of extremely preterm delivery

When there is a threatened delivery in the periviable period, one of the decisions that have to be made is about the mode of delivery. In my opinion (IMHO, I think those young’uns say) we should consider the different parts … Continue reading

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Breast milk doesn’t make you smarter?

A newly published RCT seems at first glance to challenge the overall verdict of the literature that consuming breast milk improves intellectual development, particularly for preterm infants. (O’Connor DL, et al. Effect of Supplemental Donor Human Milk Compared With Preterm Formula on … Continue reading

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Teaching clinicians to evaluate encephalopathy

I hope this link stays active for ever as it is a great resource… Courtney Wusthoff from Stanford has developed a web-based educational tool, designed initially, I think, for medical (pediatric) residents. Their team has evaluated whether or not this … Continue reading

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