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Has anyone in IL refused the newborn screening? The state sent me a letter saying I had to get the screening done. In the pamphlet it says all babies must be screened unless it's against the parents' "religious beliefs and practices". Is this more difficult than refusing vaccinations? I haven't had any problems with that as of yet, and my DD is nearly 4 years old. My son is 3 months old and since I had a unassisted birth, I didn't do the screening. He has had well baby visits. I called his doctor and they said we could just talk about it at his 4 month appointment. I asked in the UC board, but didn't get any responses from IL. Anyone with experience want to chime in? Thanks!
 

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have you looked through this page? <a href="http://www.vaclib.org/exempt/illinois.htm" target="_blank">http://www.vaclib.org/exempt/illinois.htm</a><br>
it might have something useful.
 

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Yup, but I was hoping to avoid a long letter stating it's against my religious beliefs. So far, I haven't had to do anything at the doctor to avoid vaccinations other than say "no thanks". I didn't know if a letter was really needed, or if the doc could just mark in the records that I declined the screening.
 

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I received the same letter when my daughter was a couple months old. I just ignored it. She's a year old now and nothing ever came of it.
 

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We got one of those letters when my dd was a few months old too. We asked our family practice doc about it and he said not to bother at that point. We ignored it as well and nothing ever came of it -- she's 2 1/2 now. Don't sweat it.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/Peace.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Peace">
 

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Thanks! It's good to know that other people have gotten this letter, ignored it and not had any negative consequences. I'll keep you posted about what the doctor says at the 4 month appointment.
 

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Are you talking about the newborn hearing screening? The problem with delaying past 2-3 months is that babies become MUCH more difficult to screen/test. So by the time you might start to notice signs of hearing loss in your child's behavior (which is around the time that you're starting to look for speech development and is pretty late in the scope of when hearing loss needs to be addressed for good language development outcomes), it is unlikely that a full test could be obtained without your child being sedated. Contrast that to 10 minutes to an hour of sitting & holding a sleeping newborn and getting answers the same day ...
 

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Pretty sure she is talking about the blood test PKU.
 

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Just as an update, DS is now 6 months old and at his doctor appointments they never really cared/remembered to bring up the newborn blood screening. I guess they just kind of forgot about my phone call saying the state wanted the screening done. The state hasn't sent me any more letters as of yet. So it seems it has all worked out just fine for now. Thanks everyone.
 

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If they bother you, you just have to write a letter that says that you are opposed to it for religious reasons. You don't have to outline your religious beliefs. I've read the law. It is not as detailed as the vaccine law in terms of requirements of the letter.
 

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My midwife told me that IL will send you a letter but no one ever follows up on it. I think you're OK at this point.
 
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