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Sugar Babies

Sugar gel.jpgExperts have found a cheap and effective way to protect premature babies against brain damage and it’s as simple as a dose of sugar. It has been found that a sugar gel which can be rubbed into the inside of the cheek of a premature baby can significantly reduce permanent brain damage. Dangerously low blood sugar affects about one in 10 babies born too early and left untreated this can cause permanent harm.

Is ‘lotus birthing’ the most reckless birthing fad yet?

lotus births.jpgAdele Allen’s son was six days old before he was finally parted from the (by then rotting) support system that had kept him alive for 9 months. His mother and father are part of a growing number of parents who believe in ‘lotus birthing’, where the placenta is left attached to the baby until it falls of naturally.

Can childless people give advice to parents?

Can childless people advice.jpgAn MP has apologised after making reference to the childlessness of the former Children and Families Minister Sarah Teather. The remarks made by by fellow MP Tim Loughton who served alongside Sarah at the Department for Education were widely condemned as offensive and subsequently he was quick to apologise and said he had not intended to criticise the former minister personally.

Postnatal Depression

Postnatal Depression.jpgA mum and wife of an Army major tragically killed herself by throwing herself in front on a train. Emma, who was a University researcher, found it extremely hard to cope with her six month old son and told her family that she needed extra help because she was really struggling. And although the 32-year-old was hugely supported by her husband, Major Steve Cadywould, and their extended family, she could not adjust to her new life.

DIY in old houses may harm unborn babies

Renovating an old house while pregnant could put mothers-to-be and their unborn children at risk, experts have warned. They say DIY on such properties can release lead from old paint work, a poison that can raise blood pressure, putting women at risk of pre-elcampsia, which can be fatal to both mother and child.

Why getting the new Rotavirus Jab is a good idea

Rotavirus gets its name from the fact that, under a microscope, the virus resembles a wheel. And you could say, like a wheel, rotavirus goes round and round.

This nasty, potentially lethal bug causes severe acute gastroenteritis with diarrhoea and vomiting primarily in infants and young children. Fortunately, there are two safe rotavirus vaccines that can protect children from this disease.

The Miracle Twins who were born 87 days apart!

TheMiracleTwins.jpgDoctors have described their survival as the ‘medical equivalent of a lottery win’ but the mother of twin girls Amy and Katie calls them her ‘little miracles’. Amy Elliott was born four months early last June. After a difficult 2 day labour Amy was born at a tiny 1lb 3oz and was thought to have a very slim chance of survival. As soon as she was born she was rushed straight to intensive care because she was so premature.

A whole generation of mothers and babies may not get the support they need

Midwife Shortage.jpgThe NHS’s chronic shortage of midwives will last into the mid- 2020s, despite ministerial pledges to improve maternity care amid a continuing baby boom, according to new figures. Calculations by The Royal College of Midwives suggest that the gap between the number of midwives the NHS in England needs and the number it now has will not be closed until 2026.

Antenatal care

Antenatal care.jpgThough they aren't compulsory, antenatal classes can really help you and your partner to focus on your pregnancy, and help you to be prepared for labour and birth. They are especially good for excited but very apprehensive first time parents-to-be! If your classes address early parenthood, you'll also be better prepared for the practicalities, and the highs and lows, of parenthood.

Are due dates a waste of time?

Are due dates a waste of timeCROP_0.jpgNew research has found that the length of pregnancy can actually vary naturally by as much as five weeks! The surprising findings, in the journal Human Reproduction, have challenged whether a “due date” for women is actually helpful? A study of 125 women calculated gestation by pinpointing the exact time of conception.

What a big surprise!

A baby girl has been born in Germany this week weighing an astonishing 13 lb 8 oz (almost a stone)! She is twice the weight of an average newborn girl but what is even more remarkable is that her mother managed to deliver her naturally, without need of a Caesarean section.

What your baby’s clothes say about you?

As if there aren’t already enough worries with having a new baby, it has now been said that the clothes you put on your baby say as much about you and your socioeconomic status as your own attire.

According to The Times you have four weeks during which your baby is not required to work anything more taxing than a neutral baby grow, but after that it is time to step it up and the advice is as follows:

• To keep up with the ‘Sloaneses’ dress your baby in Boden

• A Notting Hillbilly mum dresses their baby in ilovegorgeous

• Suburban babies wear John Lewis

Baby Heart Test

Problems with a baby's heart are among the most common forms of birth defects in the UK. Most turn out to be minor, but thousands of children are born with life altering conditions.

Would you want a £99 test on the quality of your breast milk?

It has recently been reported in the British Medical Journal that breastfeeding will not only provide your baby with all the nutrients it needs, but could also boost their social mobility. ‘Breast is best’ because of the unique nutritional benefits a mother’s milk contains along with the skin-to-skin contact and bonding that the baby and mother experience during breastfeeding. But now academics at Stirling University are warning that some mothers’ milk may not be as healthy for their baby as they are lead to believe because of their own diets.

The mystery of baby colic

Baby Colic.jpgBaby colic (also known as infantile colic) is a condition in which an otherwise healthy baby cries or displays symptoms of distress frequently and for extended periods, without any discernible reason.