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Vitamin D3 Dosage for Preterm Infants

Babies who are born before term (preemies) are at risk for vitamin D deficiency, which can lead to rickets, a condition characterized by weakening of bones. However, medical organizations have not reached a consensus on how much vitamin D preemies should receive and current dosages range from 400 IU to 1000 IU per day. This prompted investigators from All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, to conduct a study on vitamin D supplementation in preterm infants, the largest one to date. The study, led by Chandra Kumar Natarajan, DM, included 96 infants who were born between 28 and 34 […]

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Vit C Improves Lung Function in Babies of Mom Smokers

Scientists have found a potential treatment that could reduce the impact of maternal smoking on their newborn babies’ respiratory health. Although doctors advise women smokers to avoid smoking during pregnancy, about 50% of women cannot quit the habit. This has been associated been with an increased risk of babies suffering from wheezing, asthma and other problems. Lead author Cynthia T. McEvoy, MD, associate professor of pediatrics at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) Doernbecher Children’s Hospital and colleagues report at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) annual meeting in Washington, DC that they have found that vitamin C intake during pregnancy […]

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Milk Plus Prebiotics Prevent Eczema in Babies

A systematic review of published studies involving more than 1400 infants suggests that adding a prebiotic to a baby’s milk formula or breast milk may help prevent eczema up to age two. Australian researchers David A. Osborn, PhD, and John KH Sinn, of the University of Sydney searched for published studies, conference reports, and clinical trial registries and found four which reported on allergy outcomes in babies aged 4-24 months. The meta-analysis was published recently in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. Many young children (34%) develop asthma, atopic eczema (20%), and food allergies (8%).  Their analysis of data showed […]

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Early Solid Food Intake in Infants

Pediatricians often encourage mothers to gradually introduce their babies to eating solid foods once they reach the age of four to six months. However, it has been found that many babies are started on solid foods even before this age, according to a recent study published in Pediatrics. Experts are concerned, because the early introduction to solid foods may make infants vulnerable to increased risk for chronic disease, such as obesity and diabetes. Heather B. Clayton, PhD, MPH, from the Epidemic Intelligence Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, and colleagues surveyed more than 1300 mothers who participated […]

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A new study shows that babies born to mothers who are obese or overweight already have thickened aorta, the main artery that comes from the heart.  Moreover, this thickening of the artery is independent of birth weight.  This arterial thickening is a known risk factor for heart disease and stroke later in life.  The study was published online in the Fetal and Neonatal Edition of Archives of Disease of Childhood. Researchers studied twenty-three women who are 16 weeks pregnant.  The average age of women was 35 with BMI (body mass index) ranging from 17 to 42 kg/m2.  A BMI of […]

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