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what is the extent of drug testing for a newborn baby for example there is several kinds of opiates is there a test for each different one or?

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Dr. James Henning
Anesthesiology 50 years experience
OB Question: Please consider speaking directly with your ob/gyn directly. Being reticent to discuss such an important matter about your child is taking unnecessary risks for both of you.
Dr. Leonard Spishakoff
Specializes in Addiction Medicine
Not really: It depends on the use of the mother.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Varies: To begin with not all babies would be tested. In a few places the mom might have a urine screening, which is rather generic. However, if the mom is on a watch list & I need to check baby, the specimen is sent for rather specific chromatography which can define which if any specific drugs the kid was exposed to in the womb.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Depends on situation: The routine newborn is not tested for drugs unless some suspicion is raised by the appearance or symptoms of the baby.If child protective services has a watch out for a given delivery, testing is routine & can be either a non specific screen or a more specific test.The more specific will differentiate opioids from the stimulants and cannabis. Once identified, no further id is needed for action.
Dr. Dennis Yun
Anesthesiology 19 years experience
Yes!: Through blood, urine, saliva, and even hair samples, laboratories can detect almost any substance.

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