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The First Check-Up: Newborn Screenings

For newly expectant mothers, there are so many things to consider – which pediatrician to use, which hospital to deliver at, or which car seat to buy are common decisions new parents have to make before the arrival of a little one. But depending on which state you live in and the laws in place there, you’ll want to acquaint yourself with what types of newborn screenings are done at birth.

Newborn screenings are typically done in the hospital, immediately after a baby is born. These screenings can include blood tests, a hearing screening, and a heart screening. The blood test typically is done by quickly pricking he baby’s heel to get a few drops of blood for lab work, which is then forwarded on to your pediatrician or other healthcare provider. During the hearing screening, your baby will be checked to see how he or she responds to sound. For the heart screening, your baby is checked to see what the amount of oxygen circulating in your baby’s blood is, and if they could have any kind of congenital heart disease that will present issues for them later in life.

These tests are done as a “due diligence” check to ensure that the baby doesn’t have any kind of serious or rare condition that may not have revealed itself – especially important for newborns, since many conditions can be treated before they even present problems.

Every state has different requirements for what types of newborn screenings are done, so it’s always best to discuss your specific state requirements for the types of screenings and tests that your baby will undergo after birth. If you’re an expectant mother or parent looking for information, call our main line at 706-322-9599 extension 1100 and schedule an appointment with our pediatrician, Dr. Judith Bennett today.