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# Babies

Last year
2022
# Infants
Sale of self-feeding pillows banned after CCPC rules they pose 'risk of death or serious harm'
The products are to be withdrawn from sale immediately.
# NHS
Over 200 babies ‘could have survived’ if an NHS trust provided better care, report finds
The Ockenden inquiry is the largest into a single NHS service.
Voices
The Irish For: The rise of Rían - the latest baby names in Ireland
Darach Ó Séaghdha take a look at the most popular baby names last year.
All time
# China
China's birthrate plummets to lowest figure in decades
The relaxation of the ‘one-child policy’ has failed to result in a hoped-for baby boom.
Voices
Opinion: If breast is best - then why are Ireland's breastfeeding rates so low?
Fianna Fáil councillor Deirdre Geraghty-Smith says the legislation around marketing of follow on milk should be addressed again and more support should be given to new mothers.
# clarification
HSE clarifies rules on children being brought to vaccine centres
The situation has caused some confusion with some people leaving babies outside centres.
# Babies
Baby joy of 2021 as the first newborns of the year arrive
Several babies arrived just after midnight, the first at Holles St in Dublin, to a mum diagnosed with Covid-19.
# Research
Bottle-fed babies may ingest 'millions' of microplastics each day, Irish researchers find
The authors noted that it was in developed nations that babies were likely ingesting the most plastic.
# Evolution
Babies being born without wisdom teeth due to rapid evolution, scientists say
A study has found that humans are evolving at a faster rate than at any point in the past 250 years.
# The Lancet
Mothers 'unlikely' to pass Covid-19 on to newborn babies via breastfeeding if precautions are taken
The findings were part of a preliminary study published in The Lancet.
# Newborns
'One in a million': Woman gives birth to identical triplets in Dublin's Rotunda Hospital
Annmarie Byrne-Ryan and David Ryan welcomed their three sons into the world yesterday.
# New Year
First baby of 2020 born at Rotunda Hospital in Dublin
Victoria Setuke was born at 12.12am.
Voices
'The doctors have no idea how to treat her condition': Giving birth to Ireland's smallest surviving baby
Katie Keogh writes about her baby Charlotte who was born with an extremely rare condition.
# The joy of six
Two sets of triplets born in 24 hours in Co Down hospital
All six babies are healthy.
# nutrition
WHO warns commercial baby foods contain too much sugar
In around half of products examined, more than 30% of the calories in them were from total sugars.
# sextuplets
'A great joy': Woman gives birth to Poland's first sextuplets
The babies range in weight from 890 grammes to 1.3 kilogrammes.
# is ainm dom
These are the most popular baby names for boys and girls in 2018
Jack and Emily remain the most popular names for Irish babies.
# Development
Babies who hear two languages at home have a better ability to concentrate
This new research suggests the advantages of living in a bilingual home begin from the very earliest stage of development.
# 2019
First babies of New Years began arriving just seconds after midnight
A baby was born at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda just three seconds past midnight.
# 22nd century
Babies born in Ireland in 2019 can expect to live until 2101
Ireland is one of only 28 countries where 2019 babies will likely live until the 22nd century
# Paternity Leave
More than 51,000 fathers have taken paternity leave since September 2016
51,409 fathers have been awarded leave since the scheme began.
Voices
Opinion: 'Eating this mineral in pregnancy - and before conception - can boost how your child's brain develops'
The evidence is very clear and yet we are among the countries in the world that is most deficient in this mineral, writes
# Investigation
France launches nationwide probe into incidents of babies born with arm defects
It has been confirmed that the results would be known in about three months.
# ith pharma ltd
Company charged with offences following UK baby death investigation
The company is due to appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Monday 17 December.
# folic acid
Folic acid to be added to UK flour to reduce birth defects ... but no plans in Ireland to do so
According to the HSE, folic acid is important because it can help the nervous system develop in the unborn.
# budget 2019
Parents to get an extra two weeks' paid parental leave from next year
The measure will be introduced from November 2019.
# upcycled
Aoibhín Garrihy upcycled her bridesmaid dresses to create a lovely christening gown for baby Hanorah
Sorry this is too sweet.
# Baby Boom
China looks ready to scrap two-child policy by 2020 ... but few parents interested in more babies
The government has indicated it will scrap its policy which limits the number of children per family through tough fines.
# Drug Addiction
76 hospital discharges of newborns with drug withdrawal symptoms last year
The figure of 76 represents a drop in the comparable figure for 2016, when there were a total of 92 discharges.
# India
Mother Teresa charity 'sold babies' born to unwed mothers
A nun and a staff member at Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity were arrested today.
# Cabinet
Cabinet approves law to allow some same-sex partners to both register as parents on baby's birth certificate
The move comes from government after years of campaigning for same-sex couples and LGBT advocates.
# express yourself
Babies can distinguish difference between vocal and facial emotion
The ability of babies to differentiate emotional expressions appears to develop during their first six months.
# snow angels
80 babies delivered at Holles St and Rotunda during storm ... including one Emma
No one has been called Beast or East though.
# Newborns
Unicef says 'world is failing newborns' as global baby mortality rates remain 'alarmingly high'
Ireland has ranked 164th in the global neonatal mortality rate.
# don't delay
Serbs perturbed by dwindling numbers of babies being born in Balkan nation
In 2016, 100,834 people died while just 64,734 were born.
# Genetics
UK allows doctors to make babies using DNA from three people
The technique is being used to help prevent women passing on fatal genetic diseases to their children.
# represent
These are some of the most popular Irish baby names outside of Ireland
Well, we do like to travel.
Voices
Joanne McNally: 'I don’t want children, but I’m not selfish'
I also have the attention span of a ferret on six nespressos, writes Joanne McNally.
# Newborns
More than 27,000 fathers have taken paternity leave so far
“We have to take a wider societal view and not think of rearing children as something best done in one’s spare time, preferably by women,” Deirdre Clune said.
# Babies
'Shocked and disappointed': Pressure mounts to restore funding for breastfeeding support initiative
The HSE said it plans to provide funding for a new, revised model.