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Follow-Up of Neuropsychological Development During the First Postnatal Year in Infants with Neonatal Jaundice

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It is believed that 98% of newborns have elevated serum bilirubin levels, but only about 60% have clinic of jaundice. Severe late neurological effects should not be observed if the serum bilirubin levels are well controlled. To follow-up the motor and mental development during the first year of life in infants suffered from neonatal jaundice. The study includes 92 term babies, divided in four groups: A – without jaundice, B – with jaundice treated by phototherapy in the 1st week , C - intensive jaundice during the first 14 postnatal days , D – intensive prolonged jaundice . Studied indicators: birth weight , gestational age, sex, delivery mode, Apgar score, maternal age and education, domicile, bilirubin serum levels during hospital stay, transcutaneous bilirubin levels ambulatory. Neuro-psychological development was assessed monthly until the 1-year-age.We found that groups were comparable across the all indicators except for residence, with significant difference for groups B and D. There was a statistically significant development delay in the Group D compared to the other three groups in the all studied age periods. All the cases of prolonged jaundice were resolved until the age of 3rd month. According to our data, prolonged jaundice compromises the first-year-psychomotor- development of the infants.

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Clinical Aspects of Food Allergy in Infants in Pleven Region, Bulgaria

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Food allergy is an immunoglobulin E-meditated reaction, to which the organism’s immune system reacts to a food allergen, recognizing it as harmful. The study aimed to establish at what age cow’s milk protein allergy is manifested and determine the values of immunoglobulin E (IgE) and hemoglobin(Hb) in children with CMPA in Pleven region, Bulgaria. The study included 94 infants presenting with clinical manifestations of food allergy (age range 0 to 12 months) from Pleven and Pleven region, consulted in 2017 by a pediatrician at the University Hospital Consulting Center in Pleven. Venous blood was collected to determine the IgE and Hb values. Chronic iron-deficiency anemia could be the only clinical manifestation in children with CMPA. Out of all the children with CMPA, 17% had a pronounced anemic syndrome. The rest had normal Hb values. Anemic syndrome could have severe consequences for a growing child. Elevated IgE values were found in 73% of the children tested. CMPA is frequently seen in infants. Early diagnosis of clinical manifestations and diet could prevent severe complications of allergy such as chronic diarrhea, chronic urticaria, and asthma.

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