In the first months of life, newborns rely on their mothers’ immune systems to protect them from infections like pertussis. Pertussis infection, known as whooping cough, has become more common in infants who are too young to be vaccinated and thus protected against the illness. For these infants, their best defense is the Tdap vaccine given during the third trimester of pregnancy. Given the rising incidence of pertussis in newborns, OBGYNs have become interested to know exactly when during pregnancy is the best time to give the Tdap vaccine.
After spending several days in the hospital, most people are not eager to return for another visit, especially if they are toting a newborn home. However, readmissions after delivery may be more common than you imagine. 2% of hospitalizations for delivery of an infant resulted in a readmission soon after. Is the readmission rate rising? Why are women ending up back in the hospital?
The Holiday Season is in full swing. While many of us have tried a movement/ heart rate/ temperature monitor for ourselves, what about for babies? For those shopping for gifts for new parents and their newborns, it may be tempting to dive into the tech. Here is the low-down on three popular, new high-tech solutions for watching your baby’s every move and monitoring her every heartbeat.