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 May 2019 are available free of charge.

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Current issue: May 2021

A newborn with wrinkly skin: what is the diagnosis?
Chikkanayakanahalli M. Manjunatha, Ahmed Abourahma, Samuel E. Ibhanesebhor, Ashok Z. Mathews
Connective tissue disorders present with widespread manifestations involving the skin, joints, ligaments, blood vessels and other organ systems and can be associated with significant disability and life-threatening complications. Important disorders in this group include cutis laxa, wrinkly skin syndrome and geroderma osteodysplasticum. This article reports on a newborn baby with geroderma osteodysplasticum to raise awareness of this rare condition and the challenges faced by affected children and their families.

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Persistent left superior vena cava and the correct interpretation of a peripherally inserted central catheter tip position
Matheus van Rens, Kevin Hugill, Aala Eldin Fawzy Mohamed El Fakharany, Krisha Leigh Garcia
This article reports on a case of a preterm baby who, post-routine insertion of a peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC), showed an unusual catheter route and tip placement revealing an unsuspected cardiac variant of persistent left superior vena cava (PLSVC). We discuss the condition, our management and its effects on vascular access in this unusual case.

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Congenital epulis and differential diagnoses of a neonatal oral mass
Anoop Pahuja, Harry James, Walton D’Costa, Ghaida Al-Jaddir, Dilpreet Kaur
Oral mass in a newborn is rare but often quite daunting, leading to anxiety in parents. Very few hospitals have dental or maxillofacial facilities on site and this may lead to delayed diagnosis and intervention. A thorough clinical examination and knowledge of the oral mass is essential for precise diagnosis, management and parental reassurance. In this review article, we present a newborn baby with congenital epulis – an oral mass arising from the alveolar ridge. We also summarise the differential diagnoses based on location and consistency of the oral masses in this age group.

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Trauma in fathers following complicated childbirth: the need for intervention
Bianca Thomas, Christopher James Anderton
It is well known that the mental health of both parents, especially in the early post-partum period, can have a significant negative impact on the psychological wellbeing of an infant. There is growing evidence that fathers can experience trauma, potentially resulting in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) following the complicated delivery of their child. Currently there is little research that has been conducted on the prevalence of PTSD in these fathers, or the need for them to be treated accordingly. An extensive literature review was conducted to assess the current status of the research in this field; the clinical implications of these findings are discussed.

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From the May 2019 edition

 FREE  Bliss campaigns to extend parental leave for all parents on the neonatal unit
Josie Anderson

Bliss is campaigning for both parents to receive an extra paid week of leave for every week their baby spends in neonatal care. Extending leave and pay entitlement will support parents to be fully involved in the care of their baby and reduce the financial burden placed on parents at an already difficult time.

 FREE  Tamba’s Maternity Engagement Project supports positive outcomes
Keith Reed

 FREE  Who looks after neonates with intestinal failure in the UK? A survey of practice
Rebekka Jones, Pamela Cairns

 FREE  Recognising the need for a career pathway for advanced neonatal nurse practitioners
Tracey Jones, Kirstin Webster, In collaboration with the BAPM Working Group

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NICE recommends offering women induced labour earlier

June 11, 2021
Women should be offered induced labour earlier than previously advised to make birth safer for them and their babies, according to draft guidelines published by National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

Bliss launches new report on impact of COVID-19 on neonatal care

June 11, 2021
Bliss has published the report Locked Out: The Impact of COVID-19 on Neonatal Care, which includes results of a survey of over 500 parents of neonatal babies born between March 2020 to February 2021, as well as findings from a survey of 70 NHS England trusts.

AAP issues clinical report urging caution in use of probiotics in preterm infants

June 11, 2021
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) reports that it does not support the routine, universal administration of probiotics to preterm infants, particularly those with a birth weight <1,000g.