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Drug Testing In Newborn Babies
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?
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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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?
Varies: My delivering hospitals have lists from Child and Family Services that point out individuals with open drug investigations. When they deliver, urine from mom and baby will usually be screened and in many cases the first baby stool will also be submitted for study. I do not routinely order drug studies on babies, but any prior history of maternal drug use may require screening for medical purposes. ...Read more
Depends: There have some jurisdictions where laws have been passed calling for such testing, but a few appeals court decisions have gone in different directions, so there is no national policy. It is generally done if there is a suspicion that the mother has been using drugs through the pregnancy, or if the baby shows signs of a neonatal withdrawal syndrome. Some hospitals have their own policies on this. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
As often as needed: Meconium drug testing is often done to validate a positive drug screen in the mother or newborn as the method is not confused by some innocent otc preparations. It can also demonstrate drug use over the months prior to birth where a urine test may miss those not used within days of birth. ...Read more
Urine and saliva.: Urine toxicology screens are quite common, though some now use saliva tests which are less prone to deceptive behavior. Some employers also use hair analysis, which looks back over a longer period of time and almost eliminates any potential for deception. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Drugs: Most tests are looking for evidence of illicit drug use, marijuana Cocaine etc. Along with alcohol and narcotics. Other drugs may be tested for but the main reason is not to find out what medicines you take but to ensure that you are not using any illicit drugs. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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