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Transitional care in focus: Considering the needs of preterm babies and their families

Guest article by Lívia Nagy Bonnard, founding member of “Melletted a helyem Egyesület” – “Right(s) Beside You Association” in English – and a member of the Parent Advisory Board of EFCNI as well as a member of the Parent, Patient and Public Advisory Board of the ESCNH. 30th United European Gastroenterology Conference in Vienna The 30th United European Gastroenterology Conference took place in Vienna at the beginning of October 2022. The aim of the conference was to discuss and share research…
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13th International Conference on Kangaroo Mother Care in Madrid

From 21 to 24 November 2022, experts from all over the world came together to exchange knowledge regarding the latest Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC) practices. EFCNI was honoured to attend the conference on-site and was thrilled to meet old friends and new ones and to work together with the KMC community towards the best possible care for preterm born babies and their families. It was a pleasure to attend the 13th International Conference on Kangaroo Mother Care from 21 to…
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Platinum Partner AstraZeneca produced and funded “Sounds of RSV” to support awareness of symptoms

  Our partnership with AstraZeneca is part of the EFCNI’s ongoing dedication to raising awareness amongst parents and healthcare professionals about the symptoms of RSV infection and how it can be prevented. With around 33 million acute lower respiratory infections caused each year, RSV infection is one of the most common causes of early life wheezing illness.[1,2] Babies who are born prematurely or who have underlying health issues such as heart or…
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A heavy loss: in sorrow and gratitude we remember Professor Heidelise Als

Professor Heidelise (Heidi) Als was a visionary and trailblazer for Infant and Family-Centred Developmental Care (IFCDC) and as the founder of NIDCAP (Neonatal Individualised Developmental Care and Assessment Program) and the associated foundation, she has made a pioneering and lasting contribution to improving the health outcomes of hospitalised infants worldwide. She passed away unexpectedly in August, leaving a big void. Heidelise Als developed her interest in the interplay between environment and…
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Congress season 2022: meet EFCNI at the EAPS Congress in Barcelona!

After two years of digital meetings, congresses, and conferences, we are delighted to be participating in the 9th Congress of the European Academy of Paediatric Societies (EAPS) from 7-11 October 2022 on-site in Barcelona. EFCNI will be contributing to the diverse congress programme with two sessions focusing on the patient- and parent perspective in neonatal care. Infant and family-centred developmental care before and during the COVID-19 pandemic (EFCNI Session) Sunday, 9 October 2022, 15:00; Interdisciplinary Session 19 The COVID-19 pandemic…
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Proposal for EU regulation on substances of human origin OUT NOW!

The European Commission has published a proposal for a regulation on substances of human origin – including human milk. EFCNI welcomes the proposal for a regulation on substances of human origin – including human milk – which has the potential to bring important improvements for vulnerable infants in need of donor human milk. In case this proposal gets adopted by the European Parliament and the Council, the regulation will replace the Tissues and Cells…
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The culture of breastfeeding and human milk donation before and after the pandemic: best practice example from Brazil

Breastfeeding is potentially one of the top nutrition interventions that can reduce the mortality of children under 5 years of age. For preterm infants, breastfeeding is also an important strategy to warrant health and quality of life, as well as bonding, and although it can be a more difficult process, it is possible and should be encouraged, protected, promoted, and supported by everyone: healthcare professionals and families. For those preemies whose mothers cannot provide breastmilk, the second-best option of nutrition…
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EFCNI at the 48th annual conference of the Society for Neonatology and Pediatric Intensive Care Medicine

After a digital event last year, the 48th annual conference of the Society for Neonatology and Pediatric Intensive Care Medicine (Gesellschaft für Neonatologie und Pädiatrische Intensivmedizin - GNPI) took place on-site again in Aachen, Germany. EFCNI had the pleasure to be involved in the diverse congress programme. Together with the Bundesverband das Frühgeborene Kind e.V., EFCNI chaired a sessions on family-centred care and optimal nutrition of hospitalised newborns. In addition to nutritional problems and guidelines in feeding preterm babies, Professor…
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FIRST EXPERT ROUNDTABLE ON RSV PROTECTION FOR ALL INFANTS

In 2021, the season of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infections was exceptional in terms of the very early onset and the enormously high numbers of hospitalised children. Thus, the last season showed very clearly: RSV is a major health threat to children under two years of age. In most cases of RSV, children develop only mild, cold-like symptoms. However, a number of children suffer from a severe course of the infection with severe respiratory distress and accompanying symptoms that need…
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Implementing evidence-based parenteral nutrition

Working group on parenteral nutrition published new article on the process for the implementation of evidence-based parenteral nutrition in German perinatal centres. As a life-saving therapy for some preterm and sick newborns, neonatal parenteral nutrition aims at providing optimal nutrition at the very start of life but can accompanied by certain risks. The European guideline on parenteral nutrition provides evidence-based recommendations to minimise these risks. Last year, the expert working group "parenteral nutrition” concluded from findings of their survey that…
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