we did it with our first two, but not our third. my first was done right after birth <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> but my second was done i think at day 3? i don't think you're supposed to wait long though if you want it done.
I was told that it's actually most accurate if you wait at least 5-6 days, and that medically there isn't an upper limit on when it can be done.<br><br>
We had it done and we will do it again with our next baby.
<a href="http://www.pediatrix.com" target="_blank">www.pediatrix.com</a> is the most comprehensive screen available.<br><br>
The state of AZ doesn't screen for very many disorders, so it isn't surprising that only 18 come back positive.<br><br>
First children may be carriers or may not be affected at all. It could be the 6th child who is.<br><br>
Most metabolic disorders do not have symptoms to watch for before permanent injury or death occurs.<br><br>
The appropriate time to do the test varies by the screen. But the screen can be done for older babies and children as well through pediatrix.
My son was born in Nevada, and the test was required by law there. It was a simple blood test, nothing was "added" to him. I will have the test done for any future children I have.<br><br>
The second test was done 7 days after he was born, I think we were told we had up to 2 weeks.
Didn't do it and won't do it. Actually... Henry has never been to the dr. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">
We did it with DS, and will do it with future children. There's no downside - he slept through it, so definately not a traumatic experience for him - and while the chances of your child having PKU or another of the disorders tested for are slim, with PKU a delay in diagnosis and proper diet/treatment leads to brain damage and mental retardation. When we weighed avoidable-through-diet brain damage vs. a heel stick, it was an easy choice to make.
We did it with all three and will continue to do so...we live in Ontario, Canada and the test here has recently been updated to include many more disorders, and I felt it would be best to catch a metabolic disorder before we got too far out the door. One of my greataunts had an undiagnosed thyroid problem (this is in the 50s) until age 2 and she suffered brain damage...so I wanted that test. IMO, it's the most minimally invasive procedure with the most benefit...my mw did it while DD was nursing and she never cried.
Yes--although we waited until after my milk had come in and dd had been eating for 24 hours. It's one of the few tests that I feel has no major downside (just my personal opinion, of course). We nursed through the heel stick, and she barely even noticed. The disorders are very rare, but, as a pp suggested, they can cause severe problems or death with little warning. Nothing is injected into your child.