Prenatal Information

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

CHD a Risk With Single Umbilical Artery Pregnancy Complication

What is Single Umbilical Artery? Normally, when the umbilical cord develops, it forms three vessels: two arteries and one vein. However, in some cases, just one artery develops. Precisely why this occurs is not entirely known. It is suspected, though, that one artery may simply stop growing as it develops or perhaps that the primordialContinue Reading

Heart Defects May Occur in Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

Definition Fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) is a condition that results from prenatal alcohol exposure. If you drink during pregnancy, you place your baby at risk of fetal alcohol syndrome. The defects that are part of fetal alcohol syndrome are irreversible and can include serious physical, mental and behavioral problems, though they vary from one childContinue Reading

Anti-depressants during pregnancy & CHD

Pregnant women who take antidepressants may have a slightly higher risk of delivering babies with rare birth defects. But the risks posed by the drugs are very small, according to two studies and an editorial in the New England Journal of Medicine. Both studies examined SSRIs, or selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, a popular class ofContinue Reading