The advice to never sleep with your baby has backfired in the worst possible way. Rather than preventing deaths, this advice is probably even increasing deaths. In another study, parents of two SIDS infants who coslept on a sofa did so because they had been advised against bringing their infants into bed but had not realized the dangers of sleeping on a sofa.5 In fact, deaths from SIDS in parental beds has halved in the UK from 1984-2004, but there has been a rise of deaths from cosleeping on sofas.7
New findings may offer a boost to proponents of newborn male circumcision: researchers report that the health benefits of undergoing the procedure “exceed the risks by over 100 to 1,” and note that “over their lifetime, half of uncircumcised males will contract an adverse medical condition caused by their foreskin.”
Probiotics do not reduce the rate of colic in babies, a condition in which newborns cry for prolonged periods without a clear reason, a new study suggests. Infant colic means crying inconsolably for at least three hours a day, at least three days a week, for three weeks.
For too long, repairing breastfeeding has been a test of maternal determination, rather than an integral part of reproductive health care. That needs to change…
Too many clinicians treat the lactating breast as a hot potato, leaving moms and babies lodged in the gap between pediatric, obstetric and lactation specialists. In an era where public health campaigns urge all mothers to breastfeed, we need to urge all health professionals treat breastfeeding management as an integral part of health care.
Does the study change how we manage pain in pregnancy? It shouldn’t. No drug should be taken in pregnancy unless it’s necessary – acetaminophen is no exception. But there’s no reason for pregnant women to suffer from pain unnecessarily. Acetaminophen remains the drug of choice when pain control is necessary in pregnancy.
Carefully managed, waterbirth is both an attractive and low-risk birth option that can provide healthy patients with non-pharmacological options in hospital facilities while not compromising their safety.