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Dr. BEVERLY D WALKER
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Newborn Screen Normal (Overview)

Newborn screen normal is a test result meaning the government-required blood test on newborns has no abnormal result. A normal result means the baby most likely does not have any of the approximately 50-100 rare diseases tested for on the newborn screen.


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Is breastfeeding a Duarte Galactosemic (D/G) safe? Borderline 1st newborn screen, normal 2nd screen after 9 days of being breastfed exclusively.

Is breastfeeding a Duarte Galactosemic (D/G) safe? Borderline 1st newborn screen, normal 2nd screen after 9 days of being breastfed exclusively.

Probably fine: It is a rare disorder. Seems that those kids that have it present with mild jaundice. Controversy as to whether to keep them on a galactose free formula. Check for enzyme levels at 1 year. Speak to your local geneticist about recurrence risk and counseling. ...Read more

Dr. BEVERLY D WALKER
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Newborn Screen Normal (Overview)

Newborn screen normal is a test result meaning the government-required blood test on newborns has no abnormal result. A normal result means the baby most likely does not have any of the approximately 50-100 rare diseases tested for on the newborn screen.


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What is the definition or description of: newborn screen?

What is the definition or description of: newborn screen?

A blood test: This is most likely referring to a heal stick blood test that is performed at 24-48 hours after first feeding to test for different inherited diseases some of which have a very simple treatment to avoid complications. Each stat has it's own list of diseases it screens for. Almost all include hypothyroid, sickle cell, galactosemia and more. Often referred to as the pku test since phenylketonuria. ...Read more

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How long before sickle cell disease can be tested for after the newborn screen?

How long before sickle cell disease can be tested for after the newborn screen?

Soon!: All states and the district of columbia screen for sickle cell disease as part of the newborn screen. The testing is very accurate and really doesn't need to be repeated if it is normal. If it is abnormal and confirmatory testing is desired it can an should be done promptly so appropriate treatment can be started as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Are genetic screens of newborns mandatory?

Are genetic screens of newborns mandatory?

No: Newborn screens are performed with every birth. Not mandated by law but they are highly recommended as they identify inborn errors that can be treated before they cause permanent damage to your infant. ...Read more

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What is the current drug screen preformed on newborns?

What is the current drug screen preformed on newborns?

Meconium/urine: Urine drug screens are rapid tests that can detect very recent maternal drug use. Meconium is tested to determine use within the last 4-5 months of pregnancy. ...Read more

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How newborns are screened for hearing loss?

How newborns are screened for hearing loss?

Newborn hearing test: A technique using emitted signals from the inner ear hair cells called otoacoustic emissions is used. This does not require the child to react to the sound in any way, but rather relies on a signal from the inner ear brought about by sending a combination of frequencies into the child's ear. It is a good screening test, but like all screening tests has limitations. ...Read more

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What is the result of neonatal screen positive in inherited metabolic disorders?

What is the result of neonatal screen positive in inherited metabolic disorders?

Depends: A screening test is a relatively simple & inexpensive test designed to narrow down the number of patients brought in for the more expensive specific tests. For every 10, 000 screened, 100 may show positive & secondary tests will show 2--3 with a real problem. The screen eliminated 99% that didn't need a specific test.The state notifies me of + screens & we get the tests.If a real pbm, rx is atarted. ...Read more

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Is it normal for a newborn to loose her empirical cord in 8 days?

Is it normal for a newborn to loose her empirical cord  in 8 days?

SEPARATION VARIES: The care of the umbilical cord stump influences the timing of separation. In areas where it is left to dry naturally or occasionally cleaned with rubbing alcohol, it often separates in a week or less. In areas that apply tripple dye as an antiseptic technique, it may delay separation 3 or more wks. International comparison studies show no increase in infections with simple drying over other methods. ...Read more

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How many diapers does a newborn use normally?

"CHANGES" daily: On the first day of life, the baby may pee only 1-2 times and poop only 1-2 times. As the days go by, this increases on a daily basis. Day 2 pees 3-5 times, maybe a couple of poops. Also depends on whether you breast or formula feed. By the end of the first week, they are usually peeing or pooping every couple of hours, so you usually go through about 10-12 diapers daily by that time. ...Read more

Dr. Ronald Krauser
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Newborn Screen (Definition)

This is most likely referring to a heal stick blood test that is performed at 24-48 hours after first feeding to test for different inherited diseases some of which have a very simple treatment to avoid complications. Each stat has it's own list of diseases it screens for. Almost all include hypothyroid, sickle cell, galactosemia and more. Often referred to as the ...Read more


Dr. Payam Mehranpour
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Neonatal (Definition)

The term neonatal is generally used to describe events that occur with an infant within the first 30 days after birth.Some practitioners are looser with the definition & extend the ...Read more