Every time a newborn baby hiccups, it triggers a large wave of brain signals which could help the baby learn how to regulate their breathing, a new study led by researchers from University College London indicates[1]. “The reasons for why we hiccup are not entirely clear, but there may be a developmental reason, given that… Read more

Immediately after birth, human infants transition from an environment in which they do not have to breathe to one in which they do. Simultaneous with this transition are major changes in blood circulation that require the cardiovascular and respiratory systems – which are not fully mature at birth – to work together, under the control… Read more

Blood flow in key regions of newborns’ brains is different in very premature infants, according to a new prospective, observational study. The finding may represent an early warning flag for disturbed brain maturation well before such injury is visible on conventional imaging. “During the third trimester of pregnancy, the fetal brain undergoes an unprecedented growth… Read more

Babies who slept in separate rooms slept longer, got to sleep quicker, and were more likely to have a bedtime routine than those who slept in the same bed or room as their parents, a new study reports. Parents were also less likely to perceive bedtime as difficult. The international survey looking at sleeping locations… Read more

Babies given one egg a day for six months had improved growth compared with controls, as well as a reduced risk of stunted growth, research involving young children in Ecuador found. Stunted growth is when a child fails to meet the expected height or weight for their age. It can lead to long-term health problems… Read more