Tag Archives: Systematic Reviews

Re-evaluating what is really friendly to babies

Many hospitals are very proud of being “baby friendly” or are trying to achieve “baby friendly hospital” certification, under the WHO initiative. Unfortunately many parts of that program are not evidence-based, such as (as one example) the ban on soothers … Continue reading

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Antenatal Steroids closer to term?

A new systematic review in the BMJ (Saccone G, Berghella V. Antenatal corticosteroids for maturity of term or near term fetuses: systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. BMJ. 2016;355:i5044) includes 3 studies which examined the use of antenatal … Continue reading

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Hey, doctor, leave those guts alone!

Intestinal function is often sluggish after preterm delivery. Establishing early enteral nutrition, the goal of all of us, is interrupted often by repeated regurgitation, or large residuals (if you measure them) or abdominal distension. There are also reported correlations between … Continue reading

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Neonatal Updates: Recent Nutritional Publications part 2.

Breast Milk and how to use it Colacci M, et al. Growth and Development in Extremely Low Birth Weight Infants After the Introduction of Exclusive Human Milk Feedings. American journal of perinatology. 2016(EFirst). This is a before and after study … Continue reading

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New Publication

Just arrived on-line: a systematic review and meta-analysis (I can imagine Annie’s eyes glazing over right now as she reads those words) of neonatal resuscitation programs. Pammi M, et al. Newborn Resuscitation Training Programmes Reduce Early Neonatal Mortality. Neonatology. 2016;110(3):210-24. Available free … Continue reading

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Necrotizing Enterocolitis: manipulating the microbiome, part 3

Abdulkadir B, et al. Stool bacterial load in preterm infants with necrotising enterocolitis. Early Hum Dev. 2016;95:1-2.  More work from the Newcastle group, this time the group decided not to look at the proportion of different bugs in the stools, … Continue reading

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Which Surfactant is best?

Singh N, et al. Comparison of animal-derived surfactants for the prevention and treatment of respiratory distress syndrome in preterm infants. Cochrane database of systematic reviews (Online). 2015;12:CD010249. This is the sort of systematic review that I find really helpful. Some … Continue reading

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