As you may or may not know I gave birth to my youngest at a birthing center. Things are run a little differently there and it’s one of the many reasons why I loved giving birth there.
One of my favorite reasons was not feeling like I was pressured into any procedures that I didn’t want done. We’re a pretty laid back family. I believe that good nutrition has healing powers. I believe that for the most part when it comes to the health of my baby, especially a newborn is that chances are they’re going to be 100% healthy.
While I have been fortunate to have my baby be exactly that, 100% healthy, I know that’s not the case for every family. There will also be the 1%s of the world which is why it’s important to educate yourself on newborn screening procedures. Early intervention in many cases can be HUGE. In honor of September being National Newborn Screening Awareness month here are some things you need to know about newborn screening!
What’s Newborn Screening?
Newborn Screening consists of a PKU test (aka heel prick), a hearing test and in many states a pulse ox test 24-48 hours after birth.
What Does it Test For?
The PKU tests for a variety of different aliments. It varies by state. You can find out what your state tests for here or here. The hearing test is for exactly what you think it’s for, hearing. Finally the pulse ox measure your child’s oxygen levels which can help detect a heart defect. 1 in 100 children are born with a heart defect so even if it’s not mandatory in your state, it’s a good thing to request!
Interactive Map here.
Virginia tests for 39 (or under) different diseases/conditions. How does your state match up?
No family history of anything listed above?
These tests can make a huge difference for your family. Just ask this family.
Newborn Screening has been around for 50 years and has been changing lives ever since.
You can learn more about Newborn Screening at Baby’s First Test or Save Babies Through Screening. They will answer any questions you may have and help provide resources and support if you get a negative diagnosis via your results.