September is Newborn Screening Awareness Month

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Newborn Screening Awareness Month

Newborn

 

Did you know that September is Newborn Screening Awareness Month?  There are two non-profit organizations that both work to raise awareness: Baby’s First Test and the Save Babies Through Screening Foundation.  Newborn Screenings are a series of simple tests that can detect a variety of disorders in newborns.  There are 3 different tests that they do after your baby is born.  They do a hearing test, heel prick blood test, and in some states the pulse oximeter.  Each state has their own requirements and you can click here to see what conditions are screened for in your state.

Newborn Screenings are specifically designed to reduce the occurrence of conditions that alter health and quality of life and increase the risk of death due to certain metabolic, endocrine, and hematological conditions by identifying the disorder prior to the onset of symptoms. This allows treatment to begin before clinical symptoms (i.e. permanent brain damage, growth retardation, sepsis, or severe anemia) or death can occur in the newborn.

 

 

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My Kids and Their Newborn Screenings
I am currently 30 weeks pregnant with my 4th child so I have had 3 babies go through the screenings so far.  If you’re currently pregnant, or plan to be soon, now is a good time to learn about newborn screenings.  I must admit I haven’t read much about them but in doing this post have learned a lot and wish I would’ve known more with my other 3.  I’ve given birth at a hospital each time and there’s always lots going on between the nurses taking care of me and my baby.  I remember my newborns going to the nursery and coming back with a little paper that said our baby had passed their hearing test or other screenings.  I didn’t really know what screenings they would be doing with my baby after he/she was born and wish I would’ve been more informed.  It is nice to know that they do those screenings and that so many disorders can be detected from them.  I live in Utah and here they screen for several disorders including: Amindo Acid, Endocrine, Fatty Acid Oxidation, Hemoglobin, Organic Acid, etc.

 

Jana

 

3 Kids



Interesting Facts About Newborn Screenings

  • The conditions newborns are screened for differ in each state.
  • Most states screen for 29 of the 31 conditions recommended by the Discretionary Advisory Committee on Heritable Disorders in Newborns and Children. Although these conditions are rare, each year over 5,000 babies are identified with a newborn screening condition.
  •  There are three parts to newborn screening. A heel stick to collect a small blood sample, pulse oximetry to look at the amount of oxygen in the baby’s blood, and a hearing screen.
  • The blood test is generally performed when a baby is 24 to 48 hours old. This timing is important because certain conditions may go undetected if the blood sample is drawn before 24 hours of age.
  • Newborn screening does not confirm a baby has a condition. If a positive screen is detected, parents will be notified immediately and follow-up testing will be done.
  • Every baby born in the United States will be screened unless a parent decides to opt out for religious reasons.

 

If you want to find out more about newborn screenings there are lots of resources available to learn.  Here are a few websites that might be helpful:
Baby’s First Test

Have your babies had newborn screenings done?
 
 
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Comments

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    Thanks for sharing the great info!! My first had his screening in the hospital and my second took a little more work because I had her at home – but we still got it all done!
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