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the hospital has requested a stool sample to test for calprotectin. should i be concerned ?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Yes: You're being worked up for inflammatory bowel disease. Your physician will explain on the next visit.

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What color poop is normal?

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Dr. Kathleen Forcier
Specializes in General Practice
Most colors: Stool color changes with age and diet. Newborns have sticky black stools (called meconium) until about 4 days of life when the stool transitions to a yellow color. When you start introducing solids, stool color may change depending on what the baby ate. Black (older than newborn) and clay/white colors may indicate a problem. If you think there is blood in the stool you need to see a pediatrician.
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How much poop is normal?

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Dr. Gregg Alexander
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Variable: Poop or stool is quite variable from one child to the next regardless of whether they're breast fed, bottle fed, or which formula they're on. Some babies poop with every feed, while some don't poop but for several days. As long as the stool is soft, normal, and they child is acting well and growing normally, it is probably ok. Always best to check with your pediatrician if you're not sure.
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When do I need to get my baby a hearing screen?

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Dr. Lisa Roberts
Pediatrics 23 years experience
At birth!: It is now recommended universally for babies to be screened for congenital hearing problems right after birth. This should be done at the hospital your baby is born at and you should receive a written report. If this was not done or if you ever have any concerns about your child's hearing, request that your doctor refer you to a pediatric audiologist.
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Dr. David Finke commented
Obstetrics and Gynecology 15 years experience
Usually testing is done in the first 24-48 hours of birth.
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A 40-year-old member asked:

Are down's syndrome screening tests accurate?

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Dr. Padmavati Garvey
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Yes: Amniocentesis is 100% accurate. The blood test screening tests are 85-95% accurate.
A 35-year-old member asked:

Do I need to have down's screening tests?

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No: Genetic screening is always offered, however, it is not required that you have testing done. I ask patients to think about what they would do with the information if the test comes back positive and whether they feel like they would want to be prepared if there was an abnormal result. Most women choose to have some type of genetic testing, but many decline any screening tests.

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