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March 17th, 2013, 12:58 PM
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This is probably super neurotic!!! However, I was just curious what your hospitals screen newborns for. This am I had an incident where I was cooking breakfast and for some reason I don't remember if I washed my hands after putting uncooked sausage in the pan. I am usually over the top about this stuff, hence the posting!!! Anyway, I started picking at some grapes and then said, Oh no, I didn't wash my hands before eating and after handling uncooked pork. Maybe I will have that toxiplasmosis now!! I am probably over the top and worrying too much but realized that it can be completely symptomless. The only way to test for it is if you've already had the titer test to see if you were exposed, or to wait till you have the baby. Apparently it's completely treatable if you do test positive, but it's usually really late in the game to notice symptoms for babies that contract at the end of a pregnancy.

Only a few states have that as a newborn screening, so I wondered if anyone lives in one of those places... Or if anyone has even asked what their hospitals screen the babies for.

I think I may be being nuts, but because it is one of those silent but awful illnesses, I just wondered if anyone else is nuts like me, or has inquired about this or other screenings.

Sorry if I'm going nuts!!!
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March 17th, 2013, 01:07 PM
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They do PKU heel stick which also tests for a bunch of other disorders and hearing screens at the hospitals here. NICU babies get their eyes screened as well because of the high oxygen levels they receive.
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March 17th, 2013, 02:34 PM
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http://kidshealth.org/parent/system/...ing_tests.html

Pretty good idea of what they screen for there.
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March 17th, 2013, 02:51 PM
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http://kidshealth.org/parent/system/...ing_tests.html

Pretty good idea of what they screen for there.
Thanks... I actually found that same article this am after I freaked out! It's apparently one of those optional tests, that most hospitals should do, because it can be life saving, but they choose not too!
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March 17th, 2013, 03:04 PM
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It's apparently one of those optional tests, that most hospitals should do, because it can be life saving, but they choose not too!

Kinda like the pulse ox test they should all do.
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March 17th, 2013, 04:05 PM
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kinda like the pulse ox test they should all do.
exactly!!!!
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March 18th, 2013, 12:17 PM
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Yeah, I've never heard of this one being done as part of the routine newborn screening. Sounds like it wouldn't hurt to request it, especially if it would set your mind at ease!
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