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 2022 are available free of charge.

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Current issue: May/June 2024

Are babies with congenital heart disease born in the right place at the right time? Practice in a cardiac network
Muhammad Rehan Akhtar, Lawrence Miall, Fiona Willcoxson, Alison Conchie
Antenatal diagnosis of congenital heart disease (CHD) and subsequent delivery of higher risk cases in the tertiary centre improves perioperative conditions and neurodevelopmental outcomes in neonates with CHD. In October 2021, the Yorkshire and Humber Congenital Heart Disease Network developed a guideline with the objective of providing guidance on the timing and location of delivery for babies with antenatal diagnosis of CHD. Our project aimed to assess compliance with the guideline and evaluate the extent of improvement in delivery practices that have been implemented in accordance with the guideline.

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A case of Goldston syndrome in a newborn with a CEP290 ciliopathy
Arameh Aghababaie, Bijaya Chowdhury, Nina Tanna, Ariane Waran, Lewis Pang, Aruj Qayum
This article describes the case of a live male infant delivered at 34+5 weeks’ gestation in view of antenatally diagnosed abnormalities, including bilateral ventriculomegaly with hydrocephalus and bilateral polycystic kidneys. Postnatally, he was confirmed to have a Dandy-Walker malformation and autosomal recessive polycystic kidneys, the combination of which is suggestive of Goldston syndrome. Trio-exome genetic testing was performed on this infant, revealing a homozygous pathogenic CEP290 variant. We therefore present the first case of Goldston syndrome associated with a CEP290 variant.

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Simple methods to improve compliance with DCC for babies <34 weeks’ gestation: a QI project
Moustafa Eldalal, Siddhartha Paliwal
Delayed cord clamping (DCC) is an effective perinatal optimisation intervention that is associated with improved outcomes in preterm infants. In this article, we focus on providing simple methods that are easy to implement on any neonatal unit. Data show that DCC rates can be improved without substantial investment in expensive equipment required for resuscitation, with an intact umbilical cord.

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Enhancing the endogenous nutrient levels of DHM to help support the needs of extremely and very preterm infants
Coralie Falize, Yvonne M. Jeanes, Simon C. Dyall
Mother’s own milk (MOM) is the first choice for feeding preterm infants; however, if MOM is limited or unavailable, donor human milk (DHM) is the recommended alternative. Exclusively MOM or DHM diets do not provide sufficient levels of key nutrients required by extremely or very preterm infants. This article explores how modifications to donor nutrient intake and milk banking practices can potentially be used to enhance the endogenous nutrient levels of DHM.

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From the May 2022 edition

 FREE  The impact of a local QI project to avoid hypothermia and maintain normothermia in preterm infants following delivery
Ceri Murphy, Laura Kelly Beya Obe Bonse Rachel Job-Vinu Silvy Koshy Mina Wanti, Claire Howarth

Maintaining normothermia reduces morbidity and mortality of preterm infants. The aim of this quality improvement (QI) project was to improve compliance with the National Neonatal Audit Programme (NNAP) standard of >90% of infants born at <32 weeks’ gestation having an admission temperature of 36.5-37.5°C. The project assesses outcomes in a tertiary medical neonatal intensive care unit before and after introducing a set of improvement measures, and reports the long-term sustainability since the initial project completed.

 FREE  Pseudotumoral cystitis: a case of acute urinary retention in a newborn
Arameh Aghababaie, Hesham El Sayed

 FREE  Translation of in situ neonatal high-fidelity simulation training: identification and mitigation of latent safety threats
Charu Bhatia, Geraldine Mangan, Jessie Mertalla, Ather Ahmed

 FREE  Anxiety: an invisible complication of pregnancy
Catherine A. Pankonien, Sandra M. Groth, Cesar Alvarado

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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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In the latest news...

Immersive art highlights importance of donor breast milk

June 10, 2024
Swansea University has collaborated with the Human Milk Foundation and portrait artist Leanne Pearce on the Connecting Hearts immersive art exhibition. The launch event in May gave the opportunity to connect with those involved in receiving, donating and supporting human milk banking services.

RCM issues guide with practical solutions to improve maternity safety

June 10, 2024
The Royal College of Midwives is urging politicians and the incoming Government to tackle maternity safety head-on in its pre-election How to Fix and Improve Maternity Safety guide. Breaking down barriers between staff groups by strengthening multidisciplinary training, and ensuring there are enough staff in the right place at the right time with the right skills to mitigate safety risks are fundamental to resolving the challenges in maternity services, says the RCM.

Royal Surrey’s Special Care Baby Unit earns Unicef Baby Friendly Award

June 10, 2024
Work began at Royal Surrey’s Special Care Baby Unit in 2020 towards achieving the Unicef Baby Friendly Initiative accreditation and it is the first neonatal unit in its network to achieve the award. Assessors spent two days on the unit talking to parents about their experiences, evaluating the support they received and checking that best practice standards were in place.