Monday, September 29, 2014

September is Newborn Screening Awareness Month

 This post is sponsored by Baby's First Test and Save Babies Through Screening Foundation. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced. disclosure

     Every baby  born is required to complete a series of newborn screenings.  These screenings are important for detecting possible inherited conditions within the first week of life.  A newborn may appear to be healthy, but still have a serious condition that is not easily seen.  When left untreated, these conditions can lead to problems such as slow growth, blindness, intellectual disabilities, and possibly even death.  These serious problems can be prevented with early detection and treatment.  In Arizona newborn screenings have identified serious conditions in over 100 babies every year.





     In Arizona babies are required to be screened twice.  This helps to ensure accuracy and sometimes a condition may not present itself for a few days after birth.  The first screening sample will be taken prior to leaving the hospital after birth.  The second is taken at the pediatricians office during their well baby visit about 5-10 days after birth.  The blood test is typically a heal prick and blood sample.  When Jayden was a baby I remember he had the test done 3 times because they had a problem with the first one at the hospital so they took a second at the hospital and then at his 1 week appointment. 


     Babies will also receive a hearing test prior to being discharged from the hospital.  All results are reported to the newborn screening program.  I remember when Evan was born the doctor and nurse came into our recovery room to test him.  They were able to hook up the machine for testing while he was swaddled and sleeping in the baby bassinet.  For the most part it simple and didn't disturb him too much.


     If there are any problems with your newborns screening tests your pediatrician will follow up with any further instructions to follow.  Parents should follow the doctors instructions carefully if any follow up is needed.  Newborn screenings can and do save lives.


     Every state has different requirements on newborn screenings.  Be sure to check out what your state requires.  If you are going to be giving birth any time soon check with your hospital or pediatrician to get knowledgeable about what to expect.  If you are giving birth at home or at a clinic be sure to talk with your midwife about newborn screenings and see how you can get these done.  You can get more information at Baby's First Test or Save Babies.

 This post is sponsored by Baby's First Test and Save Babies Through Screening Foundation. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced. disclosure

24 comments:

  1. I believe that it's good to get your infants screened for anything. Knowing is better than not knowing and finding out later.

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  2. I thought these tests were standard everywhere. Wow. I can't believe they're not seeing as they are so important.

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  3. I always ask for this test to be preformed. I did with my 4 boys and will with my baby due in November. It's better to know than not know. That's why I ask to have them doen.

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  4. I think any screening that can be done to help detect possible problems is great. I had these tests done when my kids were born and it help to give you peace of mind.

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  5. I've never thought much about things like this, I would have thought they were standard.

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  6. I didn't realize it wasn't standard! All of mine had their tests.

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  7. When I have my children I thought the testing was standard practice and I did not know about the pulse ox testing. It is only after I attended a blogger baby shower that I learned about it. Now I tell all my pregnant friends about it so they know what to expect and what to ask for.

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  8. Newborn screening is so important. It can catch so many things that might become important later.

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  9. i definitely would rather know than not. I didn't know some of these tests weren't standard

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  10. A good reminder to have newborns screened. It's best to catch any issues as early as possible.

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  11. All my babies got this screening in the hospital, I thought it was standard. Its a very important test.

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  12. It's such a good idea to have your newborn screened. So many things are treatable now, especially with early detection.

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  13. I'm a huge fan of newborn screens. It can catch so much, so early, and allow for treatments if needed. Great post!

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  14. I actually think it's great they screen twice in Arizona. Better safe than sorry!

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  15. I didn't realize it wasn't standard either! It must be here in Georgia because both of mine had all their tests.

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  16. Better safe than sorry, I agree with Liz! Double screening can't hurt.

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  17. There is screening in my province and I think it is so important. It is important to detect conditions as soon as possible.

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  18. It's great to see how far screening has come over the years. So important to get your little ones screened!

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  19. Had no idea. Great information here!!

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  20. It's so important to do this screening. Great post! So much information that needs getting out.

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  21. This sounds like a good thing to do! I didn't have my first one screened but we are trying for baby #2 now so will have to look into this! Thanks for sharing!

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  22. These types of screens are so important. You never know what they can uncover.

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  23. We had a few screenings done when I was pregnant, but I feel like there are even more options now! It is a hard decision to make.

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  24. Such important information. Thanks for sharing. I think I'd always thought this was standard.

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