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Most babies in a NICU are seriously ill, having had very premature or traumatic births. Around 70 percent are at risk of brain damage. Predicting on how they will fare is notoriously hard, and despite the best available specialist care, often it's still a matter of waiting to see whether they will survive and with what, if any, impairments. And although an adult patient would go for an MRI scan as soon as brain damage was on the cards, many of these babies don't ever get to have that basic test.

This is becoming "all the rage" as they say. I first heard about the strategy of feeding while on CPAP from colleagues in Calgary. They had created the SINC (Safe Individualized Feeding Competence) program to provide an approach to safely introducing feeding to those who were still requiring CPAP.

Kangaroo mother care has been widely used worldwide to care for premature babies, and it's gaining popularity in caring for healthy full term babies like Ali as well. It is as it sounds: Like a kangaroo's pouch, mothers hold their naked newborns on their bare chest for the first few hours of life.

Its findings, based on a survey conducted in June 2016, highlights a service "under significant strain" with an "alarming" lack of high-skilled doctors, including consultant neonatologists and pediatricians, in four of the country's eight Level Three units which provide intensive care to the most critically ill newborns.

The immune system of the infant is functionally immature and naïve. Human milk contains bioactive proteins, lipids, and carbohydrates that protect the newborn and stimulate innate and adaptive immune development. This review will focus on the role human milk oligosaccharides (HMO) play in neonatal gastrointestinal and systemic immune development and function.

Retrospective study of patients between 360/7 and 420/7 gestational weeks who entered spontaneous or induced active labor and developed temperature ?38°C; a similar group that did not develop fever were controls.

Early births for twins are not unusual. According to the March of Dimes, more than half of twins and nearly all triplets and other higher-order multiples are born prematurely (before 37 weeks). Often premature babies spend time in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), where they struggle to make up for the lost time in the womb.

Two rows of plastic cocoons line the walls of the neonatal intensive care unit, sheltering babies so tiny, their little hands can't wrap around their parents' index fingers.

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