What is foetal alcohol syndrome?
Foetal alcohol syndrome is part of a group of conditions in which a baby develops long-term complications due to exposure to alcohol, from the mother drinking during pregnancy. These complications inc…
When is the newborn baby blood test performed?
A nurse or midwife will perform the newborn baby blood test within the first 72 hours after birth - normally before you leave the hospital with your new baby, or before the midwife leaves your home af…
Can blocked milk ducts be prevented?
Good feeding technique, frequent feeds and breast draining, and avoiding pressure on the breast will help prevent blockage of milk ducts.
Can I take herbal supplements while breastfeeding?
There may be chemical substances in herbal supplements that could harm your baby, so herbal supplements are not recommended during breastfeeding.
How can I know what position my baby is in?
Your doctor or midwife can often have an indication of your baby's position by feeling your abdomen. A clear picture is provided by an ultrasound scan.
How common is foetal alcohol syndrome?
Foetal alcohol syndrome is found in about one to three of every 1000 people worldwide.
How is iron deficiency anaemia treated?
To treat iron deficiency anaemia, you may be given oral or intravenous iron supplements. In some cases of iron deficiency anaemia, treatment will focus on treating the root cause, and let the body res…
How is listeriosis diagnosed?
Listeriosis is diagnosed by laboratory testing of tissue samples and blood.
How is mastitis diagnosed?
Mastitis can be diagnosed by your doctor after a physical examination and observation of your signs and symptoms including fever, chills and tenderness of the breast. A red, tender wedge-shaped area o…
What causes cholestasis of pregnancy?
The exact causes of cholestasis of pregnancy are unclear. It is likely that genetics and the hormones produced in pregnancy play an important role. Environmental factors such as the weather may also p…
What causes Down syndrome?
Down syndrome is a genetic condition and is caused by an error during cell division. During fertilisation (when the sperm and egg meet), or while an embryo is developing, cells divide abnormally to cr…