In utero, baby’s blood is lower in oxygen than adults. Baby compensates brilliantly by making extra red blood cells to better deliver oxygen to tissues. This system insures that the pregnant parent has plenty of oxygen to keep their body healthy during pregnancy, too. When baby is born and breathes room air, the extra red blood… Continue reading Testing Tuesdays: Newborn Jaundice
Newborn metabolic screening (NBS) started with Dr. Bob Guthrie, father of 6 and a researcher in 1950s NY. After his son was born with a developmental delay, Guthrie became a patient advocate. Through advocacy, Guthrie met Dr. Robert Warner, who told Guthrie about phenylketonuria (PKU), a disorder that caused thousands of cases of intellectual disability… Continue reading Testing Tuesdays: The Newborn Metabolic Screen (A.K.A. The Heel Poke Screen or the PKU Screen)
With Lauren Archer from Love of a Little One CCHDs (critical congenital heart defects) are serious heart problems present from birth. CCHDs affect how the blood flows in and out of the heart. In the US, 18 out of every 10,000 babies are born with a CCHD, adding up to over 7,000 babies a year. … Continue reading Testing Tuesdays: The CCHD Screen
With Lauren Archer from Love of a Little One For parents of a healthy, term newborn, the Vitamin K shot tends to give parents a lot of worry. Here’s some info: The placenta won’t provide much K to your baby, breast milk is low in K, and baby doesn’t have the gut bacteria to make… Continue reading Testing Tuesdays: The Vitamin K Shot
Photo by Hana Souther When baby is born, the first question is often, “How much does baby weigh?!” We don’t know yet, because we don’t weigh the baby until we weigh the baby! When baby is transitioning well, there’s no reason to take them away for an immediate exam. Skin-to-skin in the first hour is… Continue reading Testing Tuesdays: The Newborn Exam
Baby’s First Test: The APGAR APGAR scoring was developed in 1952 by Dr. Virginia Apgar who noticed that providers didn’t have a standardized way of evaluating a baby after birth. She created the APGAR score (a handy acronym that is also her name) to get everybody on the same page. Since then, the APGAR score… Continue reading Testing Tuesday: APGARS!
Ever just watch people poke and prod your newborn and wonder “What the heck are they doing that for?!” Knowing that parents have questions is exactly why Love of A Little One's Lauren Archer and I are starting Testing Tuesdays! We find that over and over again, newborn procedures and routine testing are overwhelming, scary and… Continue reading Introducing Testing Tuesdays!