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Blood Sugar Testing
This is done when a baby is small (under five pounds) or large (over nine pounds), when the mother is diabetic and when the baby has symptoms of low blood sugar (trembling, shaking). This condition can usually be improved by feeding the baby, but if not, a glucose solution is give and the testing repeated as necessary.
Hepatitis B Vaccine
This is now offered for newborns in many hospitals. Hepatitis B (HBV) causes inflammation of the liver, and infants born to mothers with HBV are at highest risk of being exposed at birth. The optional vaccine involves a series of three shots given over several months. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends the vaccine and suggests that parents of low-risk infants may choose between starting the series at birth or waiting until the baby is one to two months old.
Parents are the guardians of their children's health and must listen to the experts, consult with their child's caregivers and still heed their own inner voice. Think about the tests described here, learn more about them and discuss your infant's testing with your healthcare providers. Enjoy knowing that you have already taken this step on the path to being a great parent.