Ever had a problem with heel prick test results????

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Ever had a problem with heel prick test results????
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Wed, 08-24-2011 - 7:35pm

I just got a letter from our county's health department saying that our son was tested for a slew of genetic disorders while in the hospital and that they either need to retest him or speak with us about the results immediatley.

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I havent had a problem personally, but try not to stress yourself out. It really can be anything. But did want to say my 2nd two were very sleepy, whereas my first was more routine. I remember being worried about how much my 2nd one slept, but she was fine (not even jaundiced).

But jaundice is actually something that can make a baby sleepy / lethargic.
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It could be just needing to retest. Did you get the second heel test yet? At my daughters 2nd heel test, the nurse said it's common to have it sent back and restest. I understand it's stressful not knowing. My firstborn was exactly like yours.... All she did was sleep, and it was a huge struggle just to wake her up for a few mins to eat. Most of my other kids were pretty sleepy too.

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Wed, 08-24-2011 - 10:36pm

I saw your post listed when I was heading my Dec board! This happened with my last child. First I "think" he had to be retested. Then we were sent a letter from a BIG hospital saying we had to call and make an appt with the genetic specialist. I had FINALLY gotten something out of my son's ped about what was "off." So I googled (bad idea) and freaked myself out, although he was seemingly fine for a newborn. The appt was at least a month out so I had to much time to google. Anyhow, it was SUCH a nervewracking day and in the end we were told he was FINE! Praise God, but geeze. Was it necessary to do all this. He explained that for one of the numbers Oliver was a little off than they like but not in the range for the disorder. Since he was doing fine otherwise, they said that was "his" normal number. Most babies fall in their range but he was just a bit different than that. I hope that this is the case for your child and things are going to be just fine, either way I know the unknown is scary!

Jill, mommy to Chloe, almost 5, Oliver, 3 & baby Ella born 12-1-11 !
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Wed, 08-24-2011 - 11:53pm

That happened with DS. He had to be tested like 3 times, I think. I remember getting 2 letters in the mail from the health dept saying he had to be retested. I would think that if there were a serious concern, they wouldn't just send you a letter.

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Thu, 08-25-2011 - 12:56am

Well I am feeling a little better right now because my husband tracked down the RN who signed the letter on Facebook and asked her if she remembered seeing his test results.

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EXactly! Don't know why they just couldn't say he needed to come in to redo the test because they messed up!

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It's so ironic that you posted this because I just received a call an hour a go that baby Marcus has to be retested as well. My pediatrician was notified so we have to go back in on the 8th of sept. He did tell me not to worry that the test is so broad and it doesn't mean that there is something wrong. Of course that's not going to help me because like you I'm looking at every little thing for signs that there may be something wrong. I just want the 8th to come.

So I guess we will both be waiting and I will check in for any updates that you put up. I hope all will be well for both our babies.

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Fri, 08-26-2011 - 12:54am

I am surprised they are having you wait until the 8th.

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