Posted on: July 16, 2014
The Fourth Vital Sign
By Dr. Rick Stafford
Congrats. You’re having a baby! Whether this is your first, or your fifth, you’ve most likely read everything you need to know about what to expect, and you’ve no doubt gotten advice from well-meaning friends and relatives. But before you take your infant home, doctors will be looking for a few key signs that your child is healthy and ready to leave the hospital. All states require specific tests for newborns to assess for potentially fatal disorders that aren’t otherwise apparent at birth, among them the recently required pulse oximetry assessment. The information below explains its significance.
Posted on: March 11, 2013
Sound, Safe Sleep for Baby
By Dr. Rick Stafford, Chief and Director of Neonatology, Northern Westchester Hospital
The moment of departure from the hospital with your newborn baby can leave you with mixed feelings: Joy, wonder, and perhaps more than a little trepidation. Good guidance from the hospital staff can help temper any worries, and that’s especially true when it comes to setting up your baby’s bed. Ensuring your child is in the safest possible sleeping environment is very important.
SIDS, or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, is a primary concern for new parents. The good news is that since 1992, when research concluded that the safest sleeping position for babies was on the back, the incidence of SIDS has dropped dramatically. However, it’s still unclear as to what all of the possible causes may be.