Inadequate pregnancy weight gain a risk factor for infant mortality

Women who do not gain enough weight during pregnancy are at increased risk of losing their baby in its first year of life, according to a new study. Gaining more weight than recommended was not a risk factor for infant mortality, but may be related to subsequent maternal health problems. Study authors urge that childbearing […]

Black-white infant mortality gap: Large, persistent, unpredictable

The unobservable factors that underpin the infant mortality gap between blacks and whites have persisted for more than 20 years and now appear to play a larger role than the observable factors, according to a new study. ScienceDaily: Infant Health News

Travel Safely

Car seats are lifesaving to infants and children if in a motor vehicle accident.   According the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the use of car seats reduces the risk for infant death by 71% and reduces the risk for death to toddlers by 54% in passenger vehicles.  For older children, booster seats and seat belts […]

New Mother Roadmap

Congratulations on the arrival of your new bundle of joy!  You made it through the grueling labor and delivery.  You are finally home with the beautiful baby you have dreamt about for months.  The first days and weeks after birth can be mixed with the most amazing and challenging days you will remember.  Here are […]

Economic disparities impact infant health, experts show

Women who are poor experience higher cortisol levels in pregnancy and give birth to infants with elevated levels of the stress hormone, putting them at greater risk for serious disease later in life, according to a new research. “By improving the health and well-being of socially disadvantaged women you may help to improve the health […]

Infant toenails reveal in utero exposure to low-level arsenic, study finds

Infant toenails are a reliable way to estimate arsenic exposure before birth, a study shows. A growing body of evidence suggests that in utero and early-life exposure to arsenic may have detrimental effects on children, even at the low to moderate levels common in the United States and elsewhere. The fetus starts to develop toenails […]

Infant immune systems learn fast, but have short memories

Forgetful immune systems leave infants particularly prone to infections, according to a new study. Upending the common theory that weak immune cells are to blame, the study has found that infants’ immune systems actually respond to infection with more speed and strength than adults, but the immunities they create fail to last. Infant’s Health News […]

Despite economic blows, infant health has improved among US poor

Infant health has steadily improved among the United States’ most disadvantaged groups, despite worsening economic conditions for those at the bottom. Researchers cite targeted programs and policies as the driving forces behind such marked improvement. Disadvantaged mothers have poorer health than their advantaged peers. They are more likely to smoke, drink alcohol and use illicit […]

Oxytocin promotes social behavior in infant rhesus monkeys

The hormone oxytocin appears to increase social behaviors in newborn rhesus monkeys, according to a study. The findings indicate that oxytocin is a promising candidate for new treatments for developmental disorders affecting social skills and bonding. Oxytocin, a hormone produced by the pituitary gland, is involved in labor and birth and in the production of […]

Mothers with higher BMI have increased risk of stillbirth, infant death

Higher maternal body mass index (BMI) before or in early pregnancy is associated with an increased risk of fetal death, stillbirth, and infant death, with women who are severely obese having the greatest risk of these outcomes from their pregnancy, according to a study. The authors suggest that several biological mechanisms could explain the association […]

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