I Say Yay.

To what?

Newborn screenings.

Last time we talked about Baby’s First Test, I asked if you got all three newborn screenings and why you did, or why you didn’t.

I didn’t quite answer the question myself so now I will while providing information about each test.

 

What is it?

 

This test is probably the most “invasive” of the three. There will be a card that has multiple circles on it (the number of circles depends on your state) that need to be filled with blood. Each circle tests for different disorders. Some children will cry during this test because the person doing it needs to squeeze out the blood and fill the card properly.

 

 

Will I do it?

Yes.

Why I’ll do it.

I know what it’s like to be in the “rare” category. If my child also happens to have a rare condition I want it caught as soon as possible. Even though it requires a little pain for my baby it’s not much in my personal opinion and it will be over before you know it and they’ll never remember!

What is it?

To me this is the most simple of the tests. It needs be done once the baby is over 24 hours old. It usually attached to either a finger or a toe and is on long enough to get a reading (under a minute).

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Will I do it?

Yes.

Why I’ll do it.

For me, it’s as simple as “For Cora“. But to explain more. It can detect a congenital heart defect. 1 in 100 children are born with a Congenital Heart Defect, it’s not very rare AT ALL.  This test is SO simple there is really no reason NOT to do it.

 

What is it?

1 of 2 tests can be done to test hearing and both take about 5-10 minutes. It’s often preformed while the baby is sleeping and they don’t even notice! The Otoacoustic Emissions (OAE) Test is one option. A miniature earphone and microphone are placed in the ear and sounds are played. With normal hearing an echo is reflected back into the ear canal, which is measured by the microphone. If no echo is detected, it can indicate hearing loss. The other test is the Auditory Brain Stem Response (ABR). Earphones are placed over your babies ears and electrodes are placed on your baby’s head. Music is played through the earphones and the electrodes let you know if the baby’s brain is responding to the sound, if no response is detected it may be indicative of a hearing problem

Will I do it?

Yes.

Why I’ll do it.

Again it’s not invasive. And considering all the issues that not being able to hear can cause if there is something wrong I want to know as soon as possible.

EVERY state is different. Know which tests you want to get done and ask about them, make sure they’re getting done, when they’re suppose to get done. Check out this map to see what’s required in your state.

You may need further testing for your baby depending on the results. You may do further testing and find out that their is NOTHING wrong with your baby. I know this aggravates some mothers because they subjected their baby to further testing when it actually wasn’t needed. I completely understand that point of view but in many of the cases it’s a better safe than sorry situation. You will never regret making sure your baby is as healthy as he/she can be. You will regret something negative happening to your baby because you decided to forgo testing.
Want to see what these tests look like while being done? Having a home birth and not sure how you’ll get your screenings done? Check out little Rebecca at Baby Dickey getting her newborn screenings.

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