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 January 2019 are available free of charge.

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Current issue: January 2021

Management of lactation following the death of a baby
Abby Parish, Cora Doherty
The death of an infant is a profound, emotionally complex time in a new mother’s life. She grieves for the baby she has lost, the life she imagined and her role as a mother. Compounding this emotional distress is the physical pain associated with engorgement and milk secretion. This article discusses the physiology of lactation and practical advice to give to bereaved mothers to help them through this time. Ways to suppress lactation are discussed as well as the concept that continuation may be the right pathway for some mothers.

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Congenital enterovirus infection case series: early recognition can improve outcome
Julia Arthur, Sakina Ali, Grace Okoye, Jean Egyepong, Samanthi Mapa, Fauzia Akhtar, Jogesh Kapadia
Congenital enterovirus infection is caused by a group of single stranded RNA viruses transmitted vertically from an infectious mother; symptoms can begin in utero or in the immediate neonatal period. Symptoms can be mild but when occurring in the first two weeks of life, can be more severe and life threatening. We present a case series of five neonates with congenital enterovirus infection. Three of the infants developed severe infection requiring intensive care, one of whom died of multi-organ failure. A high index of suspicion is required as early treatment may be lifesaving.

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Adjusting umbilical central lines using echocardiography ultrasound
Michael Sammaan, Arunoday Arunoday
This study examined the use of ultrasound for adjusting umbilical central lines in the neonatal intensive care unit at Royal Oldham Hospital. The authors compared ultrasound to traditional X-ray procedures and found that ultrasound-guided placement of the umbilical catheter is a quick, safe and effective method that saves considerable time in clinical and nursing management, especially in extremely premature babies.

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The Fetal, Antenatal, Neonatal and Surgical clinic: multidisciplinary team working to support families
Helen E M Porte, Robert T Peters, Philip Bullen, Ajit Mahaveer
The fetal medicine, antenatal medicine, neonatal and surgical teams have come together at St Mary’s Hospital, Manchester, to offer a holistic, family-orientated clinic for parents-to-be of in utero babies who are known to have surgical problems. These families face high levels of stress and anxiety, and have questions about their unborn child that need answering. This multidisciplinary clinic has shown clear benefits in maximising parental understanding, empowering parents through knowledge sharing, and preparing the future relationship between parents and medical teams for the long-term care of the baby.

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From the January 2019 edition

 FREE  Failed diagnosis of GBS in newborns costs the NHS millions in negligence claims
Oliver Plumb

Newborn babies are needlessly dying or being left with potentially life-changing disabilities because the NHS is failing to prevent or treat infection caused by group B Streptococcus (GBS) at birth, which kills one baby in the UK each week. This failure is costing the NHS millions in negligence claims.

 FREE  Bliss funds research to understand pain in premature babies
Caroline Lee-Davey

 FREE  The NMPA – evaluating care processes and outcomes to identify good practice and areas for improvement
Harriet Aughey

 FREE  A nurturing programme on the neonatal surgical ward
Claire Murray

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Published in Volume 16/Issue 3, May 2020

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