All preemies have more than their share of obstacles to overcome, but the smaller and more premature a baby is, the more they must fight to survive. Harley Gulliksen’s parents know this better than most.
Countless studies have highlighted the many benefits of music therapy. Those suffering from depression may improve their mood. An insomniac may finally start to sleep better at night. An autistic child’s meltdown may be diffused. A cerebral palsy patient may find a way to connect with the outside world.
Sleep apnea isn’t good for anyone, but a new study says it may be even riskier for a pregnant woman and her unborn child.
Born a preemie at 26 weeks was difficult enough for Maci Van Riesen but what the baby girl also suffered from was a rare disorder that made it impossible for her to swallow food. From being a handful to fitting snugly in her mother’s arms, this miracle baby has come a long way thanks to her doctors and BOTOX.
It is known that babies inside the womb can hear their mom’s voice and even respond to her rhythmic heartbeat. But now new research shows that a mother’s soothing voice can also help preemies grow healthier faster even as the equipment around them helps to stabilize their condition.
Any baby born before 36 weeks runs the risks of complication from their premature arrival, but Jazen Jamal has persevered through many of life’s challenges and he is only 4 months old.
Most teenagers want a car or other expensive token item for their birthdays – but not 16-year-old Rebecca Kamens. Rebecca wanted to give a gift back to the hospital that helped give her life.
There has been a lot of talk about whether doctors should resuscitate a baby that is born before the golden ’24 week’ threshold. One UK couple is thankful that doctors took a chance of their babies and are now able to bring their surviving daughter home.
This week there has been a lot of talk about resuscitating babies born before 24 weeks and whether doctors are doing more harm than good. It is well know that a baby born extremely premature is at risk for being severely disabled and having long-term issues with breathing and feeding. In recent years the survival rates for 24 week babies have almost doubled while the outcomes for babies at 23 weeks haven’t changed dramatically.
Chelsey Hansbrough was due to arrive on 2nd February but instead came into the world on 8th October at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital in Illinois. Her parents Tamika Harris and Charles Hansbrough cannot believe that a baby given 18 percent chance of survival is alive and well.
Parents often read to their children as a way to spend time together and bond. According to a new study, parents of critically ill newborns get the same benefit by reading to their infants in the hospital.
Preterm infants or those with low birth weights are always fighting for survival and need constant controlled environment to keep warm until their body becomes stronger. About half of the worldwide total, or 1.8 million babies each year, die for lack of a consistent heat until they have the body fat and metabolic rate to stay warm because the proper equipment needed is too costly for developing countries.
A medical hearing is currently underway in Sheffield, England, to investigate the September, 2009 death of an eight-day-old baby. Tina Amy Irving, a premature baby, born at 34-weeks, succumbed to a rapid infection at Royal Hallamshire Hosptial.