Prenatal Information

Cord Blood Banking & CHD

Cord Blood may help repair children’s heart defects, according to the American Heart Association and Cord Blood Registry. Stem cells from umbilical cord blood may provide the raw material to repair the hearts of thousands of babies born each year with defective heart valves. Cardiologists from the University Hospital of Munich report they are aboutContinue Reading

Vitamin A and Heart Tissue Formation

The process of heart tissue formation in humans takes place in two phases in the fourth week: the First Heart Field (left ventricle and both atria) and the Second Heart Field (right ventricle and outflow tract). The research group at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California conducted a study whichContinue Reading

Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn (PPHN)

Persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN) occurs when a newborn’s circulation system does not adapt to breathing outside the womb. While a fetus is in the womb, it gets its oxygen from its mother’s placenta through the umbilical cords, so the lungs need little blood supply. There is high blood pressure in the lungs,Continue Reading

September – National Baby Safety Month

Chloe is ten months and I’m already planning her one year birthday party! I’ve bought the invitations, the outfit and special birthday cake plate! But before I go any further, I need to redirect my focus to baby-proofing. I have already covered the outlets and moved the coffee table, but since Chloe is almost crawling,Continue Reading

Insight on Cardiac Assessment in Newborns

Congenital heart defects are not uncommon among neonatal patients. The prompt identification of a life-threatening anomaly is essential for rapid intervention and a positive treatment outcome. Cardiac defects may be identified in the newborn nursery with thorough and systematic physical assessment, including inspection, palpation, auscultation, and measurement of blood pressure and oxygen saturations. The abilityContinue Reading

Understanding Prenatal Testing for Some Birth Defects

In 2007, the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG) recommended that all pregnant women, regardless of age, be offered screening for Down syndrome as well as the option of diagnostic testing. Screening and diagnostic testing options should be discussed with a doctor and/or genetic counselor. What is a Maternal Blood Screening Test? Maternal BloodContinue Reading

Failure to Thrive (FTT)

In the first few years of life most kids gain weight and grow much more quickly than they will later on. Sometimes, however, kids don’t meet expected standards of growth. Most still follow growth patterns that are variations of normal, but others are considered to have “failure to thrive.” This is a general diagnosis, withContinue Reading

Overview of Infant CPR

Unexpected death in a pediatric patient is usually due to trauma, sudden infant death syndrome, respiratory causes or near-drowning. Unintentional choking and suffocation are the leading cause of all injury death for infants under the age of 1. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation, more commonly referred to as CPR, is an important life-saving procedure used by first responders.Continue Reading

5 Innocent Heart Murmurs

Heart murmurs are common in the first days of life and do not usually signify structural heart problems. If a murmur is present at birth, however, it should be considered a valvular problem until proved otherwise because the common benign transitional murmurs (eg, patent ductus arteriosus) are not audible until minutes to hours after birth.Continue Reading

Be Proactive!

You are your own baby’s advocate! Information is empowering for expecting parents. Identifying heart issues before birth can allow expecting parents to meet the doctors who will care for their baby after delivery. Treatment options can be discussed ahead of time, and medicine can be given to pregnant mothers to help deal with any fetusContinue Reading