For many, a cup of coffee is a must in order to start the day off on the right foot. For premature babies, a dose of caffeine is a beneficial way to start their lives, a new study says.
Previously, a 2014 study by Abhay Lodha, MD, staff neonatologist with Alberta Health Services (AHS), showed starting caffeine therapy within two days after birth shortened the amount of time babies needed to use ventilators. In turn, it also reduced the risk of a developing a chronic lung disease caused by damage to the lungs from use of a ventilator. Up until now, however, it wasn’t known how the dose of caffeine affected the babies’ brain development.
“Caffeine is the most commonly used drug in the NICU after antibiotics,” says…
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