News Roundup May 18

Asian infant shutterstock_89253835Research Shows Pregnant Women Not Consuming Sufficient Quantity of Omega-3  A source of Omega 3 fatty acids is required during pregnancy for fetal and placental development and during lactation. Omega 3 is critical for the development of the infant and in particular, for brain development. Implications of the Canadian study also suggest that a supplement source of Omega 3 should extend beyond pregnancy. Find the complete study here.

Sleep Apnea During Pregnancy Is Not Good For Mother or Baby Researchers at the University of Western Ontario in Canada have found that the oxygen deprivation that occurs during sleep apnea in a pregnant woman may affect the baby and could make the baby prone to metabolic disease as an adult, including Type 2 diabetes.  Full story.

Babies Feel Pain Similar to Adults Yet 60% Not Given Pain Medication for Surgery A pioneering brain scanning study from Oxford University’s Department of Pediatrics has shown that the brains of babies ‘light up’ in a very similar way to adults when exposed to the same painful stimulus. This study suggests that infants experience pain in much the same way that adults do. It has been common practice in the past to not administer pain medication to infants during surgery and many infants today still do not receive medication for pain. “Our study suggests that not only do babies experience pain but they may be more sensitive to it than adults. We have to think that if we would provide pain relief for an older child undergoing a procedure then we should look at giving pain relief to an infant undergoing a similar procedure”, Said lead author of the report, Dr. Rebeccah Slater.  Read about the study here.

Babies Learn More From the Element of Surprise Recent research from two cognitive psychologist researchers at Johns Hopkins University’s Krieger School of Arts and Sciences show babies learned more from something that surprised them rather than fulfilling their expectation and they wanted to learn more about it. Read the full story here.

This News Roundup is co-authored by Jean Kurnik, M.A.

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