Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Body chilling to prevent neonatal brain damage

I know hypothermia is used to minimize brain damage during some surgeries. Our boss just had open-heart surgery and was chilled to some surprisingly low number (could it have been in the 60's?). And of course, there is the occasional cold-water drowning of a child that miraculously results in no long-term damage.

How smart to try applying this technique to oxygen-deprived newborns. I hope it proves to be a successful treatment.



Blogger One Hot Mama said...

This is one of the arguments for stopping the use of those silly little newborn hats at births!! We don't use hats at all anymore.

8:09 AM  
Blogger The Mommy Blawger said...

Yes, the hats! Is there any evidence (anecdotal or otherwise) for or against the hat practice? I heard that Michel Odent et al. were no longer hatting babies, but I can't find any kind of link or article or anything. I welcome any discussion of this.

2:37 AM  

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