Dr. Allen Cherer | Neonatal Care & Pediatrics

Dr. Allen Cherer is a neonatal care expert with over 30 years of medical accomplishments to his name.

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Echogenic Bowel: An Overview

Though it is not an incredibly common diagnosis, there are still thousands of fetuses diagnosed with an echogenic bowel each year. Roughly 1.8 percent of all fetuses have echogenic bowel, and their parents often wonder what exactly this term means. Understanding all the details about echogenic bowel will help parents discover how to handle this […]

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A Closer Look at Prader-Willi Syndrome

Prader-Willi syndrome is a genetic disorder that is generally rare. It occurs in approximately one out of every 12,000 births and results in weak muscle tone, delayed development, and poor growth. Around the age of two, children with the condition develop an insatiable appetite that can lead to obesity. The condition was first identified by […]

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Respiratory Distress in Newborns

Respiratory distress syndrome, or RDS, is a common lung complaint for infants. This is especially true in premature babies, born before 37 weeks. The more premature the baby, the greater the chance the child will develop RDS. RDS is caused by a shortage of pulmonary surfactant. Surfactant is a liquid that helps keep air sacs […]

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Persistent Myths in Neonatology

Neonatology is a medical specialty that deals with the care of newborns. It’s a subspecialty of pediatrics. In recent years, neonatologists have taken steps to demystify infant care. Part of that means confronting myths about caring for babies that have existed for generations. Typically, these myths are spread by well-meaning friends and families. They want […]

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Neonatology: an overview

Neonatology is a type of pediatrics, focusing specifically on medical care for newborns. The primary patients of neonatology are newborn infants who were born ill or became ill shortly after birth. Here is a quick overview of this medical concentration, for those unfamiliar. Origins of Neonatology Neonatology is a very recent concentration of pediatrics. High […]

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The Prevention of Cystic Fibrosis in Newborns

Cystic fibrosis is one of the most common conditions caused by genetics. One baby out of every 3,500 live births will have cystic fibrosis. Cystic fibrosis affects the respiratory and digestive systems. Normally, the mucus that lines organs in the body is thin and slick with a consistency slightly thicker than water. Babies who are […]

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Neonatology: a Brief History

Physicians and scientists began recognizing that premature or ill newborns required specialized care in the 1700s. However, it would be another century before a physician would take the first steps toward improving neonatal health. In the coming years, advancements in science and technology steadily enhanced the chances that preterm infants survived. 19th Century  French obstetrician Etienne […]

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DNA Sequencing Could Change How We Look at Genetic Neonatal Diseases

DNA sequencing is one of the most promising new technologies in terms of identifying the risk of disease, but it might not quite be ready for market. But regardless of concerns that DNA sequencing isn’t yet a safe screening method for newborn infants, chances are very strong that it will become a regular toolkit in […]

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Fine-tuning the Elimination of Perinatal Hepatitis B Infection

Hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection  is a serious illness in the newborn and young infant.  The virus,  first discovered in the mid-1960s, is transmitted through percutaneous (i.e., puncture through skin) or mucosal (i.e., direct contact with mucous membranes) exposure to infectious blood or body fluids. The  virus is highly infectious, can be transmitted in the […]

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Reducing Costs and Saving Lives

Sick newborns often rely on a ventilator to supply oxygen, and are tethered by a plastic endotracheal tube (ETT).  Often-times, this tube accidentally pops out.  This represents the fourth most common complication experienced by newborns in NICUs.  It can cause oxygen deficiency (hypoxia), high carbon dioxide levels in the blood, trauma to their airway, intraventricular […]

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