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Testing Tuesdays: The Newborn Metabolic Screen (A.K.A. The Heel Poke Screen or the PKU Screen)

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)

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Testing Tuesdays: The Vitamin K Shot

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

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Testing Tuesdays: The Newborn Exam

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