Study assesses impact of pacifiers on infant feeding patterns
Restricting the use of pacifiers in hospitals was linked to decreased exclusive breast-feeding and higher rates of exclusive and supplemental formula feeding, according to a study in the journal Pediatrics. Researchers monitored 2,249 babies born either before or after the implementation of the pacifier restriction policy and found no substantial differences for birth weight, delivery method, gender and duration of hospital stay. DailyRx.com
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Mo., Ill. could mandate pulse ox tests for newborns
Lawmakers in Missouri and Illinois are considering proposals to require neonatal pulse oximetry screening to detect congenital heart problems. A busy neonatal unit might find two heart problems a year using the test, according to the head of cardiology at St. Louis Children's Hospital. When defects go undetected, children can end up in emergency departments with organ damage. St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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