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Social interaction techniques important for cleft palate children

Children with cleft lip and palate defects must learn how to handle classmates’ and friends’ questions about their condition. A good way to do this is by leading through example; prepare age-appropriate responses to those who ask you questions about the condition, so your child can learn from you. Other tips include: • Document your child’s […]

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Babies with treated clubfoot experience short delay in walking

A recent study discovered babies with idiopathic clubfoot that underwent Ponseti method treatment experience a short delay in walking independently, an article on Healio stated November 3. The Ponseti method is a non-surgical method of correcting clubfoot by gently manipulating the bones and ligaments through a series of casting and splinting shortly after birth. According […]

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Experts: aortic stenosis should be treated immediately

Researchers from Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine are suggesting that individuals who have severe symptomatic aortic stenosis (AS) should immediately undergo surgery to have their valve replaced, Mass Device reported on September 26. This is the first time researchers have studied the impact of waiting time on prognosis with aortic stenosis. According to Doctor […]

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Texas hospital successfully treated spina bifida in-utero

Surgeons from Texas Children’s hospital and Baylor College of Medicine successfully repaired a spina bifida defect before the infant was born, Becker’s Orthopedic and Spine reported on September 5. Texas Children’s Hospital Fetal Center reportedly is one of the few hospitals capable of fetal surgery performed in-utero to treat spina bifida. According to reports, the less intrusive procedure is […]

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Researchers study congenital heart disease therapies for adults

A group of researchers in Kentucky are utilizing Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) to study potential treatments for congenital heart disease in those who had heart surgery as an infant, Medical Xpress reported on August 14. Those who underwent surgery as an infant for Tetralogy of Fallot, a common congenital heart disease, have a higher risk […]

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Cleft defects linked to smoking during early pregnancy

A new analysis showed that orofacial defects in babies like cleft lip and palate can be caused by women who smoked during the early stage of their pregnancy, an article by HNGN stated on July 14. According to the analysis of the Surgeon General, more than 400 babies are born every year with cleft defects, and 6 percent […]

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Development of club foot

Congenital Talipes Equinovarus, more commonly known as club foot, is a birth defect in which a child’s foot is abnormally rotated and pointed inward toward the other foot. Some medical literature suggests that during pregnancy club foot may develop in babies depending on their position inside the womb in the development process. The foot of a baby may […]

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Innovative technology used to treat hydrocephalus at California Children’s Hospital

New technology is being utilized at Children’s Hospital Central California to treat patients suffering from hydrocephalus, abc30 reported on June 20. Surgeons at Children’s Hospital Central California place a miniature camera on a catheter attached to a shunt in the child’s brain that effectively drains the excess fluid. The camera will allow for more effective treatment and knowledge about […]

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