Infant Journal
for neonatal and paediatric healthcare professionals

Neonatal SARS-CoV-2 infection: is this a vertical transmission?

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.

Femi Adeniyi
ST6 Paediatrics
femi.adeniyi@nhs.net

Sanjeev Rath
Neonatal Consultant
s.rath@nhs.net

Yewande Wey
MTI Fellow
yewande.wey@nhs.net

Arrowe Park Hospital, Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

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Keywords
infant massage; weight gain; breastfeeding frequency; neonatal jaundice; hyperbilirubinaemia
Key points
  1. Maternally administered massage promotes increased frequency of breastfeeding and weight gain in term infants.
  2. An interactive behavioural cues-based massage programme can decrease the rate of hospital readmission due to neonatal hyperbilirubinemia.

Also published in Infant:

VOLUME 14/ISSUE 5, SEPTEMBER 2018
Maternally-administered massage and weight gain in preterm and low birthweight infants: a systematic review
Early tactile experiences have long-term effects on preterm infants’ sensory performance. Weight gain is key to infant development; while research confirms that massage impacts positively on weight gain in this population, most of the literature focuses on massage administered by health professionals/researchers. This review aims to examine whether massage provided by an infant’s mother impacts on weight gain in preterm and/or low birthweight infants.

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