Hearing screening for newborn

One or two babies in every 1000 babies have permanent hearing loss in either one or both ears. There are certain factors which increase the risk of hearing the loss in newborn. The factors include: Illness of mother during pregnancy Family history of hearing loss Exposed to certain drugs which affect hearing Baby's development is affected significantly due to permanent hearing loss. Early detection of hearing loss in a newborn can help these babies to develop language, speech and comm...
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3 Birth defects: symptoms and treatments

Birth defects are developmental problems which your baby can develop while he’s still in your womb. The problem can be in your baby’s organs or his body parts, and could vary in severity from minor defects that do not require any medical attention to complicated ones that can cause life threatening complications. Therefore, newborn babies with major birth defects need prolonged care and treatment. The following are the symptoms and treatment for three common birth defects: Congenital Hear...
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Newborn jaundice: causes, symptoms and treatment

Newborn jaundice, also commonly known as infant jaundice, is a condition characterised by the yellowing of the eyes and skin of a newborn baby. It happens because the baby’s blood contains a high level of a yellow coloured pigment called bilirubin. This phenomenon is common in the case of preterm birth and also among breastfed babies as their liver is not fully developed to get rid of the excess bilirubin. However, in most cases, the condition passes on its own as the baby gradually starts to fe...
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The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

Pregnancy is an important phase in every woman’s life. During this period, your baby grows inside you and is completely dependent on your placenta for important functions like breathing, nourishment and elimination of waste. However, your newborn baby must adjust to the external environment once it comes into this world; but in certain cases, he/she is unable to adjust to the new environment and the changes it brings. This mostly happens when your baby is premature. Most premature babies, i.e...
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Newborn jaundice

Newborn Jaundice: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment Newborn jaundice or Neonatal Jaundice is a common and usually harmless condition in newborn babies that causes yellowing of the skin and the whites of the eyes. Symptoms of newborn jaundice can also include a yellowing of the palms of the hands or soles of the feet, dark, yellow urine and pale stools. Symptoms usually develop two to three days after birth and settle down by the time the baby is about two weeks old without treatment. This ...
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