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Archive for the ‘Infant Health’ Category

Low Vitamin D Levels in Babies of Obese Moms

A recent study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism reveals that pregnant women who are obese may be passing on insufficient amounts of vitamin D to their babies. Jami L. Josefson, MD, an assistant professor of pediatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and author of the study, states that although nearly all mothers involved in the study were taking prenatal vitamin supplements, babies born to obese moms had lower levels of serum vitamin D compared to lean mothers. Recent studies suggest that low vitamin D in adults is linked to an increase risk for obesity, […]

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Posted in: Babies' Health, Infant Health, News Briefs, Obesity, Vitamin D, Vitamins and Minerals, Women's Health

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Liquid Milk Fortifier for Premature Babies

Babies born prematurely usually need more protein to gain weight and grow, and they are usually given breast milk with a powdered milk fortifier while in the neonatal intensive care units (NICUs). These premature or preterm babies may weigh less than one kilogram, and experts recommend that they receive 4.0 to 4.5 g/kg of protein per day. Researchers recently tested the effects of giving premature babies a new liquid human milk fortifier with high protein content. The study involved 150 preterm babies staying in different centers in North Carolina, who weighed 1.25 kg or less. They were randomly assigned to […]

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Maternal Smoking and Teen Obesity

Approximately 10 percent of pregnant women in the United States and Canada smoke cigarettes.  Prenatal smoking has been known to be associated with certain childhood conditions, including childhood obesity, although the mechanism of how this occurs has not been fully understood. Study author Dr. Zdenka Pausova, a scientist at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, investigated how maternal smoking influences weight gain among the mothers’ offspring by examining the birth records and brain scans of 378 adolescents aged 13-19 years. Among these kids, 180 had mothers who smoked during pregnancy. These mothers smoked an average of 11 cigarettes per […]

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Know More about Breastfeeding

Kristen Danielson, MD, a pediatrician from All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida and a full-time mom, advises mothers about what to expect when planning to breastfeed their newborns. Danielson writes that there are many benefits from breastfeeding, including protecting the infant from some illnesses, owing to transfer of antibodies from mother to baby, as well as reducing the risk of childhood obesity. She adds that breastfeeding makes it easier mothers to lose their “baby fat” after pregnancy. However, many new moms give up breastfeeding after initially trying, despite expert recommendations that mothers should try to exclusively breastfeed their babies […]

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Danish researchers led by Dr. Camilla Krogh, from the department of epidemiology research at the Statens Serum Institute in Copenhagen, found an association between bottle-feeding and the risk for pyloric stenosis. Pyloric stenosis is the most common cause of obstruction in the gastrointestinal system in early childhood which requires surgery. It involves a narrowing of the upper part of the small intestine, thus restricting the amount of food intake and results in forceful vomiting and loss of fluids and salt. It is severe and potentially fatal because of the dehydration and imbalance that could occur. The exact cause of how […]

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