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.

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Current issue: July 2021

 FREE  When should a neonatal death be referred to the coroner? Initiation of a guideline to aid decision making
Narendra Aladangady, Philippa Chisholm
Despite improved survival, particularly for extremely preterm infants, sadly some neonates die. When this happens, it may be appropriate to refer the death to the coroner, however, there is huge variation in practice between settings regarding the coroner referral process. After a particular case concerning several hospitals, we reviewed available evidence and produced a guideline to aid this process, involving both neonatologists and our coroner’s office, and including parental concerns. This has enabled a systematic, transparent approach that is equal for all infants.

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Therapeutic hypothermia for neonatal encephalopathy: what’s new in BAPM’s latest framework for practice?
Kathryn Macallister, Steve Jones, Ela Chakkarapani
Since the British Association of Perinatal Medicine (BAPM) published its Position Statement on Therapeutic Hypothermia (TH) for Neonatal Encephalopathy in 2010, TH has become firmly established as the standard of care for all term infants with moderate or severe hypoxic-ischaemic encephalopathy (HIE). There is increasing evidence of its long-term benefits for these infants, as well as its cost-effectiveness.1 The new BAPM Framework published in November 2020 therefore expands upon the previous guidance and incorporates the most up-to-date evidence.

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An unusual case of refractory hypotension in an extremely preterm baby
Vipul Bhaskar, Srinivasarao Babarao, Sanjeev Rath, Pek Wan Lee
Intra-abdominal birth trauma is an uncommon yet severe and life-threatening event. Direct or indirect trauma of an abdominal organ during birth could lead to abdominal haemorrhage in the newborn infant. We present the case of a preterm infant with a subcapsular haematoma of the liver. This lesion should be suspected in infants with unexplained anaemia, hypovolaemia or haemodynamic instability.

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Sodium valproate – can it mask neurohypophyseal diabetes insipidus?
Femi Adeniyi, Dennis Padi, Sanjeev Rath, Sarah Thompson
Neonatal central diabetes insipidus (DI) is an uncommon disorder. It is characterised by polyuria, hypernatraemia, high plasma osmolality, and low urine osmolality. Sodium valproate is a drug used for seizure treatment; its use in adult patients to treat DI has been reported in the literature. We report a case of neonatal neurohypophyseal DI managed with sodium valproate for refractory seizures. Sodium valproate may have contributed to the improvement in DI symptoms by increasing the production of antidiuretic hormone. To our knowledge, no such association has been reported for neonatal DI.

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 FREE  Neonatal units in London: a Russian doctor’s observations
Anastasia Khudyakova

Anastasia Khudyakova successfully applied for an observership programme to study neonatal medicine in London, based primarily at Great Ormond Street Hospital. Anastasia spent 12 weeks in various neonatal settings and in this article she reflects on differences in practice between the two countries and shares her perspective on neonatal care in Russia.

 FREE  Even less invasive: refinement of the LISA procedure improves success with less sedation
Anne W.Y. Beh, Emily C. Taylor, Peter R. Reynolds

 FREE  Nutrition for the most unwell babies
Katie Mckinnon, Pam Stepney, Angela Huertas

 FREE  PReCePT: reducing cerebral palsy through improving uptake of magnesium sulphate in preterm deliveries
Ellie Wetz

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