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 March 2019 are available free of charge.

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Current issue: March 2021

Neonatal SARS-CoV-2 infection: is this a vertical transmission?
Femi Adeniyi, Sanjeev Rath, Yewande Wey
Neonatal COVID-19, its manifestations and transmission, remains unclear. As the pandemic continues more evidence will emerge but so far, vertical transmission of COVID-19 is rare with just a few reports in the literature.1 We share our experience of managing a preterm newborn with COVID-19 in our neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) where the vertical route seems the most likely mode of transmission.

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Managing the difficult neonatal airway: a BAPM framework for practice
Robert Tinnion, Alan Fenton
This article outlines the British Association of Perinatal Medicine’s (BAPM) framework for practice for managing the difficult neonatal airway. It describes how the framework is intended to be used and implemented to support centres in developing their own approach to the difficult neonatal airway.

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Parental access to neonatal units: inconsistency during the COVID-19 pandemic
Alexandra Fonfe, Dawn Clements, Liz Mckechnie
An electronic survey was conducted to determine policy changes to parental access on neonatal units during the COVID-19 pandemic in the UK. The survey found that all responding units changed their policies and in many, parents were not allowed to visit their baby together. The survey highlights potential negative effects these policy changes are having on babies, their families and neonatal staff. Allowing parents to spend time with their baby together in a safe way during this pandemic should be a priority in neonatal care and this article considers ways in which the neonatal team can support this.

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Consideration of care in a preterm neonate with an extremely rare skeletal dysplasia
Kate F Parmenter, Katarzyna A Cooke, Amelia Penny, Pamela Ohadike, Abdul Mattara
Receiving a lifelong diagnosis at birth can be viewed as the starting block from which a life is built and lived. We present the case of a preterm neonate born with a severe skeletal dysplasia in an endeavour to understand the challenges facing the different aspects of care provision, management and treatment in the special care baby unit at Calderdale Royal Hospital. Encompassing the experiences of the staff/parent relationship, we hope to initiate discussion about how best to accommodate such babies on the unit and hypothesise approaches to improving care to stand the family in good stead for their lifelong journey.

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From the March 2019 edition

 FREE  Delivery room cuddles for preterm babies: should we be doing more?
Sarah Bates, Lucie Edwards, Charlie Peters, Pippa Morrish, Kirsty Ashton, Harriet Nicholas, Charlotte Sullivan

Early delivery room contact between a preterm baby and a parent is now offered more frequently in units across the UK but it is yet to be accepted as standard care. This article presents data from the neonatal unit at Great Western Hospital in Swindon regarding time to first parental contact, a suggested standard operating procedure for facilitating a delivery room cuddle and four case studies written by parents about their first contact with their preterm babies.

 FREE  Quality improvement in the NICU: increasing the use of own mother’s milk
Katie James, Paul Bolla, Vanessa Sakalidis, Nania G. Schärer-Hernández

 FREE  BAPM’s latest framework for practice: Q&A
Wendy Tyler, Grenville Fox, Steve Jones, Alan Fenton

 FREE  The red hat pathway: reducing avoidable NNU admissions for hypoglycaemia
Jennifer McGrath, Joy Simmonds, Natasha Stephenson, Grenville Fox, Malgorzata Radomska

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Embrace neonatal MRI system: mitigating infection risk in the NICU

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Professor Gordon Smith becomes Sands ambassador

May 5, 2021
Professor Gordon Smith has taken on the role of Ambassador for Sands (Stillbirth and neonatal death charity) to help drive the charity’s ground-breaking work to save babies’ lives.