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What kind of blood do they give to a newborn if needed?
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
8 doctors agree
In brief: Packed matched cells
Premi's or newborns blood needs vary with the issue being treated.
If it is simple anemia created by the need for frequent blood tests, type specific, washed, packed cells (high density, low serum volume) are normally used. Occasionally with high bilirubin levels may lead to an exchange transfusion with regular blood.

In brief: Packed matched cells
Premi's or newborns blood needs vary with the issue being treated.
If it is simple anemia created by the need for frequent blood tests, type specific, washed, packed cells (high density, low serum volume) are normally used. Occasionally with high bilirubin levels may lead to an exchange transfusion with regular blood.
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Donald Alves
Also must be CMV(-).Cytomegalovirus is an annoyance to big kids and adults, but can be fatal to wee ones, so blood donors are also screened to be CMV (-).
Dr. Edward Evans
Pediatrics - Neonatology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Matched. Blood
Just like an adult infants have the major blood groups of o, a, b, and ab, as well as minor antigens, therefore blood has to be matched appropriately.
In addition blood is typically irradiated and has white blood cells removed, to prevent reactions and infection. If your child is premature the also may avoid cmv+ blood. Parents also can frequently donate.Blood for their child if you desire.

In brief: Matched. Blood
Just like an adult infants have the major blood groups of o, a, b, and ab, as well as minor antigens, therefore blood has to be matched appropriately.
In addition blood is typically irradiated and has white blood cells removed, to prevent reactions and infection. If your child is premature the also may avoid cmv+ blood. Parents also can frequently donate.Blood for their child if you desire.
Dr. Edward Evans
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Dr. Donna Wilkins
Pediatrics - Neonatology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Blood transfusion
The hospital may give the baby o neg blood or blood that is the same type of the infant.

In brief: Blood transfusion
The hospital may give the baby o neg blood or blood that is the same type of the infant.
Dr. Donna Wilkins
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Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology
In brief: See below
They will give blood that matches the infants blood type if any is needed.

In brief: See below
They will give blood that matches the infants blood type if any is needed.
Dr. Richard Pollard
Dr. Richard Pollard
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