The care of newborns demands meticulous attention, especially considering the delicate nature of their early life stage. In 2020, a concerning 2.4 million children globally succumbed in their first month, accounting for 47% of all child deaths under five years. This alarming statistic underscores the need for enhanced pediatric care and adherence to medical guidelines for newborn care, including vaccinations and other essential medical requirements.
Newborns are particularly susceptible to environmental factors, viruses, and other diseases, posing significant medical concerns. The genetic strength of an embryo, a factor not guaranteed even in natural conception, plays a crucial role in a baby’s survival and growth. In this context, In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) with Preimplantation Genetic Screening/Testing (PGS/PGT) emerges as a powerful solution. This advanced reproductive technology facilitates the selection of genetically robust embryos, significantly reducing the risk of mortality and ensuring the birth of a healthy baby.
The aftermath of COVID-19 and ongoing climate change have introduced new challenges for prospective parents, potentially impacting their future children. It is imperative for governments to conduct thorough case studies to understand these impacts and safeguard future generations from the consequences of COVID-19. The increased mortality among young individuals due to post-COVID complications raises concerns about the potential transference of these impacts from parents to their offspring. Selecting the best genetic makeup through advanced reproductive technologies could be a precautionary measure to combat future health challenges, including those posed by viruses like COVID-19.
The need for comprehensive newborn care is more critical than ever in the face of modern health challenges. By integrating advanced reproductive technologies like IVF with PGS/PGT and enhancing pediatric care, we can significantly improve the survival rates and health of newborns. Governments, healthcare providers, and communities must work collaboratively to implement effective strategies and ensure the well-being of the youngest members of our society.
MBBS, DNB in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Bangalore. Fellowship in Radiology, Fellowship in Infertility treatment, Senior Resident at St. John’s Hospital, Consultant(OBG) at Apollo Cradle, Consultant (OBG) at Aishwarya Infertility Hospital, IVF Consultant - Ayushman Hospital ( Presently )