New articles in the GANM Library - Pediatrics

Oct 17, 2020

Dear GANM community,


This week we bring to you three articles published in JAMA Pediatrics on various aspects of health in children


Kimberlin, D. W., Puopolo, K.M. (2020). Balancing risks in the time of COVID-19. JAMA Pediatrics. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2020.4304


In an editorial published by Drs. Kimberlin and Puopolo from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and the University of Pennsylvania, respectively, discussed is the act of balancing risks during the current pandemic. While the path forward is illuminated by science, as stated by the authors, there is much more we still need to uncover about COVID-19 and it’s impact on children’s health in the future. 


Qiu, C., Lin, J. C., Shi, J. M., Chow, T., Desai, V. M., Nguyen, V. T., Riewerts, R. J., Feldman, R. K., Segal, S., Xiang, A. H. (2020). Association between epidural analgesia during labor and risk of autism spectrum disorders in offspring. JAMA Pediatrics. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2020.3231


In an act to understand the association between maternal labor epidural analgesia given for vaginal delivery and risk of autism spectrum disorders in children, the authors of a recent study discovered a potential increase in risk. In this population-based study, 1.9% of children delivered virginal with epidural were diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders. Further research is needed to confirm the findings. 


Dumitriu, D., Emeruwa, U. N., Hanft, E., … Gyamfi-Bannerman, C. (2020). Outcomes of neonates born to mothers with severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 infection at a large medical center in New York City. JAMA Pediatrics. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2020.4298


What is the risk of mother-to-newborn transmission of SARS-CoV-2? This is the questions a vast number of researchers came together in order understand. In this cohort of 101 neonates born to mothers with perinatal SARS-CoV-2 infections, 2% had positive test results for SARS-CoV-2; however, no clinical evidence was present. The authors believe separation of infected mothers and newborns may not be needed while breastfeeding appears to be safe at this time.

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