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Caring for the infant of a diabetic mother.
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PMID:  21164312     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
In the United States, approximately 100,000 infants are born to diabetic mothers each year. If diabetes in pregnancy is uncontrolled, the diversity of resulting health problems can have a profound effect on the embryo, the fetus, and the neonate. These infants are at risk for a multitude of physiologic, metabolic, and congenital complications such as macrosomia, asphyxia, respiratory distress, hypoglycemia, hypocalcemia, hyperbilirubinemia, polycythemia and hyperviscosity, cardiomegaly, and central nervous system disruption. Preconception control of glucose metabolism throughout the trajectory of a woman's pregnancy is a significant factor in decreasing the adverse impact of diabetes on the fetus and newborn. Meticulous attention to neonatal glucose levels, thorough physical examination, and precise diagnosis are prerequisites to appropriate care for the neonate.
Linda Hatfield; Ann Schwoebel; Corinne Lynyak
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  MCN. The American journal of maternal child nursing     Volume:  36     ISSN:  1539-0683     ISO Abbreviation:  MCN Am J Matern Child Nurs     Publication Date:    2011 Jan-Feb
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Created Date:  2010-12-17     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7605941     Medline TA:  MCN Am J Matern Child Nurs     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  10-6     Citation Subset:  IM; N    
Faculty Advisor Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Program, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, Philadelphia, PA, USA.
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