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Newborn health

This section contains RHL summaries of published systematic reviews on care of the newborn infant, newborn nutrition and feeding and management of unwell newborns.
Image showing cord clamping

WHO recommendation on delayed umbilical cord clamping

Magnesium sulfate preparation

WHO recommendation on the use of magnesium sulfate for fetal protection from neurological complications

WHO recommendation on male involvement interventions for maternal and neonatal health

Newborn baby in an incubator

Early surfactant administration with brief ventilation vs. selective surfactant and continued mechanical ventilation for preterm infants with or at risk for respiratory distress syndrome

Devices and pressure sources for administration of nasal continuous positive airway pressure in preterm neonates

Air versus oxygen for resuscitation of infants at birth

Care of the newborn infant

Newborn

WHO recommendation on newborn routine nasal or oral suction

A mother has her baby in close skin to skin contact right after birth, Mali.

WHO recommendation on skin-to-skin contact during the first hour after birth

Mother with her newborn baby.

WHO recommendation on breastfeeding as soon as possible after birth

Newborn nutrition and feeding

A nurse looks after a sleeping premature baby in an incubator, Azerbajan

Delayed introduction of progressive enteral feeds to prevent necrotising enterocolitis in very low birth weight infants

Preterm baby being held close to mother's chest

Formula milk versus donor breast milk for feeding preterm or low birth weight infants

A mother walks with her three-months-old son in her arms, Bangladesh

Nutrient-enriched formula versus standard term formula for preterm infants following hospital discharge

Management of the unwell newborn

A nurse cares for an infant in the neonatal intensive care unit of a Paediatric Hospital in Gaza Strip.

Surfactant for meconium aspiration syndrome in term and late preterm infants

A nurse looks after a sleeping premature baby in an incubator, Azerbajan

Delayed introduction of progressive enteral feeds to prevent necrotising enterocolitis in very low birth weight infants

Respiratory therapist with a 3-day-old baby in an intensive care unit.

Furosemide for transient tachypnoea of the newborn