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- Standardized Neonatal Abstinence Program Improves Care, Report Shows. A report published in Pediatrics found standardization of care for infants with neonatal abstinence syndrome resulted in fewer days of treatment and shortened hospital stays. The study included 223 participating centers, which received interactive webinars, coaching, and feedback as well as a quality improvement toolkit and standardized data collection tools.
- Preterm Infant Survival Increases, But Costs Are High. Preterm infant survival rates have increased thanks to improved hospital care and new technologies, experts said. Boone Hospital Center neonatologist Dr. Tim O'Connor said caring for preterm infants can cost upwards of hundreds of thousands of dollars, however, and University of Missouri Women's and Children's Hospital neonatologist Dr. John Pardalos said he tries to fully inform parents about potential long-term complications and outcomes for their children.
- Powdered Infant Formula May Contain Cronobacter, CDC Warns. The CDC has issued a warning on the possible presence of Cronobacter in powdered infant formula, which can increase the risk of meningitis among babies ages 2 months and younger and cause serious illness for preemies and those with weakened immune systems.