Infant Journal
for neonatal and paediatric healthcare professionals

A call for zero separation – restrictive policies and their impact on neonatal care in light of COVID-19

More than one year into the pandemic and we are well aware that COVID-19 is affecting neonatal care. In many places, possibly in more ways than we initially appreciated. Recent scientific research has revealed that neonatal care in low- and middle-income countries has been affected to an extent that threatens the implementation of life-saving interventions.1 Reasons for this development are certainly plentiful, including the concerns of medical staff and parents about contracting the coronavirus – a worry that in many places had been accelerated by the immense pressure put on the health system.

Sarah Fuegenschuh
Head of Communications

Johanna Kostenzer
Head of Scientific Affairs – Maternal and Newborn Health

European Foundation for the Care of Newborn Infants

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Keywords
congenital epulis; oral mass in the newborn; solid oral mass; cystic oral mass
Key points
  1. Congenital epulis is an uncommon benign swelling present on the gingivae of newborn infants.
  2. Epulis can be confused with many other diseases that present as oral lesions in the newborn period.
  3. Distinguishing and diagnosing oral masses in the newborn period is discussed.