Infant Journal
for neonatal and paediatric healthcare professionals

Infant journal is the leading UK publication for the multidisciplinary team that cares for vulnerable sick or premature babies in their first year of life. Published bi-monthly, the journal contains authoritative articles with a clinical or practical bias written by experts in their field.

Abstracts of all articles are freely accessible by using the site search, or by browsing back issues. The full text of articles published from 2005 until November 2019 are available free of charge.

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Current issue: November 2021

Practical considerations for deferred cord clamping with intact cord stabilisation
Vennila Ponnusamy
Deferred cord clamping (DCC) has been shown to significantly reduce mortality in preterm infants. It is therefore recommended as a standard practice in all preterm infants for a minimum duration of 60 seconds. Currently, this has been shown to be poorly implemented across all UK neonatal units. In addition to various factors underpinning this, there are practical difficulties in stabilising extreme preterm infants with an intact cord during DCC. In this article, we hope to provide some practical tips from our experience in successfully implementing this practice in our unit over the last 18 months.

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Intra-thoracic lesions mimicking congenital diaphragmatic hernia
Annie Colthorpe, Anthony Emmerson, Susan Kamupira, Nick Lansdale, Kristin Tanney
Congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH) is a complex condition characterised by a defect in the diaphragm through which the abdominal contents can herniate leading to compromise of fetal lung and cardiovascular development. In this article, we present three cases of suspected CDH in newborn infants in which further evaluation excluded CDH and confirmed alternate diagnoses.

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The role of procalcit­­­­onin when reviewing antibiotics for possible early onset infection
Charlotte R. Burleigh, Katherine J. Pettinger
Deciding when to stop antibiotics in babies being treated for possible early onset infection can be challenging. This article is a systematic review of the role of procalcitonin as an aid to clinical decision making in these cases. The review was designed to investigate whether low procalcitonin levels at 24-48 hours of life, in apparently well term neonates, can enable clinicians to safely stop antibiotics in the absence of a positive blood culture.

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Stuck inside a hall of mirrors: facets of mum guilt on the SCBU
Rachel Collum
This paper provides a parent perspective of guilt on the special care baby unit (SCBU) through the voice of a mother of a premature baby, Arthur, born at 29+1 weeks’ gestation. The focus of this piece is on the experience of having a ‘healthy’ preterm baby (defined by a stable condition and no complex medical or intervention needs) and what ‘guilt’ looks like from this view. There is an urgent need for future research to work more with fathers and the wider family to examine their roles better. The paper will incorporate evidence from previous literature to delineate facets of guilt and how an understanding of this can help clinicians to better support the individual needs of families. Recommendations will be made for how a knowledge of parent guilt could shape practice on the neonatal intensive care unit.

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From the November 2019 edition

 FREE  LactaMap, an online lactation care support system
Melinda Boss

To improve the consistency of advice received by breastfeeding mothers and their infants, the LactaResearch group from The University of Western Australia has developed LactaMap. LactaMap is an online lactation care support system designed to provide doctors and other healthcare professionals with the evidence-base needed to care for women and infants experiencing difficulties with breastfeeding. It was developed for use during a medical consultation, so the online content is simple to navigate and aims to support the clinician to reach a decision point within seven minutes.

 FREE  Feeling good about feeding babies
Fiona Woollard, Heather Trickey

 FREE  The development and impact of the ENNP role in the NICU
Jessica Talbert, Diane Keeling

 FREE  Improving educational outcomes for children born preterm: a new approach
Deborah Bamber, Camilla Gilmore, Samantha Johnson

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Embrace neonatal MRI system: mitigating infection risk in the NICU

Published in Volume 16/Issue 3, May 2020

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