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Can you get a sample of blood for a newborn screen from a baby's arm instead of their foot?

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Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics
5 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

You can, but small quantities of blood are more easily and less apinfully obtained from the foot.

In brief: Yes

You can, but small quantities of blood are more easily and less apinfully obtained from the foot.
Dr. Mark Diamond
Dr. Mark Diamond
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Dr. Karen Johnston-Jones
Orthopedic Surgery
4 doctors agree

In brief: Theoretically yes

Blood is blood, but logistically tougher skin larger target and relative simplicity of getting a leg to stay still for a second to get a specimen support the continued use of heel sticks.

In brief: Theoretically yes

Blood is blood, but logistically tougher skin larger target and relative simplicity of getting a leg to stay still for a second to get a specimen support the continued use of heel sticks.
Dr. Karen Johnston-Jones
Dr. Karen Johnston-Jones
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree

In brief: YES, BUT

Young infants are stingy with their little veins and often need to be stuck several times for those tests that require a vein sample.
The foot draw is scary and looks barbaric, but is technically easier on both baby and the technician.Since the test does not require a direct vein sample, the foot wins out for practicality.

In brief: YES, BUT

Young infants are stingy with their little veins and often need to be stuck several times for those tests that require a vein sample.
The foot draw is scary and looks barbaric, but is technically easier on both baby and the technician.Since the test does not require a direct vein sample, the foot wins out for practicality.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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