Early Discharge of Newborns

Much has been said recently about the dangers of early discharge from the hospital of newborn infants and their mothers.

The Journal of the American Medical Association reports the effects on the infant of early discharge.

In a study of over 300,000 infants, those who were discharged within 30 hours of birth had a much larger chance of being readmitted to the hospital within the first month of life, than those who stayed longer after delivery.

Timing of discharge of newborn babies and their mothers should be determined primarily by careful examination of their health.

I'm Medical Editor, Dr. Ted Castele, with the Medical Moment.

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