Newborn Health

Epilepsy medicine taken by pregnant women ‘does not harm baby’s overall health’

Children whose mothers have taken anti-epilepsy medicine during pregnancy do not tend to visit the doctor more often than children who have not been exposed to this medicine in utero, according to a new study from Denmark’s Aarhus University. Previous studies have shown that anti-epilepsy...

Pregnant women more likely to quit smoking when supported from first midwife appointment

Pregnant women are almost twice as likely to quit smoking if they are supported from their first midwife appointment, according to research from the UK’s Newcastle University. Those women are also more likely to have heavier, healthier babies. The researchers evaluated the ‘BabyClear...

9 nations commit to halving maternal and newborn deaths

Some nine countries have committed to halving maternal and newborn deaths in health facilities in the next five years. Bangladesh, India, Tanzania, Ivory Coast, Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi, Nigeria and Uganda have signed up to join the Network for Improving Quality of Care for Maternal, Newborn and...

Antibiotics linked to lung damage in newborns

Researchers have found that the ‘excessive use’ of antibiotics in newborns can permanently damage their lung defences. According to a study led by researchers at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Centre, US, it has long been accepted that antibiotics used to protect...

Multivitamins during pregnancy ‘can boost child’s cognitive abilities’

According to a new study, the children of pregnant women who take multivitamins can end up cognitively advanced by as much as a school year. The study, performed by an international team including the US’ Harvard University and University of California (UC), Davis and the UK’s...

Some 119,000 children born with Foetal Alcohol Syndrome

An estimated 119,000 children are born with Foetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) each year, according to a new study from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto, Canada. The study provides the first estimates of the proportion of women who drink during their pregnancies, as well as...

Heartburn medication linked to asthma in children

New research has suggested that children born to mothers who take heartburn medication during pregnancy could face a greater risk of asthma. A review of studies performed by researchers at the UK’s University of Edinburgh found that children whose mothers were prescribed medicines to treat...

Vitamin D deficiency in pregnancy linked to autism

Scientists have linked a lack of vitamin D during pregnancy to autism in children. The study, led by Australia’s University of Queensland Brain Institute (QBI) researcher Professor John McGrath and involving Dr Henning Tiemeier from the Erasmus Medical Centre in the Netherlands, found that...

Study: No link between flu during pregnancy and autism

Children born to mothers who had flu during pregnancy are not at higher risk of developing autism spectrum disorders (ASD) than those whose mothers did not suffer from the virus, according to new research. A team of researchers led by Kaiser Permanente, California, US, found that there was no link...

Water deliveries ‘could present risk to newborns’

Delivering a baby in water offers no benefit to women or babies and could even pose the risk of serious health problems for the newborn, according to new recommendations by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). Dr Joseph R Wax, chair of the ACOG Committee on Obstetric...