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    Default Heal prick test.

    What is it, does it have to be done?

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    Thanks! I now know I will be skipping that! Not that my birth supporter would bring anything like that to my HB :-)

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    As long as it's not the b!tch of a midwife that did DD's, I'm sure it'll be fine.

    Pricked her heel, squeezed and milked her foot as hard as she could and then told me it didn't hurt, she just doesn't like being held still... Uh, she's 1 day old!!!

    I don't have a choice though, I have a very strong family history of Cystic Fibrosis.

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    Please talk to your doctor or midwife re: this test before you decide not to have it. It picked up a disorder in my good friend's baby (unable to process protein, called Phenylketonuria or PKU) that if had been left undetected can cause mental retardation and seizures amongst other things. You never think you will be that one of of thousands that it actually picks something up. But hey, she was. She is very glad she had it done. We are both homebirthing mamas with the viewpoint of 'the less injections/tests, the better'. However I personally feel this one is quite important.

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    None of my 3 boys have had this done.

    Guthrie test:

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    It tests for 7 metabolic disorders, namely:



    Phenylketonuria (incidence approximately 1:15,000, lack of enzyme to break
    down phenylalanine)


    Biotinidase deficiency (incidence approximately 1:50,000, lack of enzyme
    required to recycle biotin)


    Congenital adrenal hyperplasia (incidence approximately 1:20,000, lack of
    enzyme required to produce various hormones in the adrenal cortex)


    Cystic fibrosis (incidence approximately 1:3,000, lack of a gene vital for
    making a protein which is needed for the body’s transportation of salt)


    Galactosaemia (incidence approximately 1;50,000, lack of enzyme required to
    break down sugar in milk)


    Maple syrup urine disease (incidence approximately 1:250,000, lack of
    enzyme required to break down certain amino acids)


    Hypothyroidism (incidence approximately 1:4,500, abnormal development of
    the thyroid gland potentially leading to multiple developmental problems).

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    I didn't enjoy watching, but the MW was lovely and dipped his foot in a warm bowl of water, so she didnt need to do much squeezing. Hard to see your new baby be hurt at all though.

    I have a thyroid disease.. It was partially picked up at DS had some of the thyroid portion of the test come back abnormally. Will definitley be doing it again, as much as I don't like the idea of it.

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    PLEASE HAVE THIS TEST DONE!!! Both my children have the condition, PKU (Phenylketonuria) which was detected through the Heal Prick Screening Test. Neither my husband or I had ever heard of PKU, but we now know, that without this test, our two beautiful and very precious children, would be being fed a normal diet and we would be unknowingly causing them irreversible brain damage.
    The condition that our children have occurs 1:15,000 and many people who oppose the test would say that the odds of their child having the condition is virtually nil, but as the mum of TWO children who have PKU, I'd say to them - someone's baby has to be the 1 in the 15,000. We got the 2 babies out of 30,000.
    Whilst the diagnosis of PKU in both our children has been devastating and something I struggle with every single day and will never come to terms with, I do know that without this test, I'd be feeding my children food that would be causing serious brain damage to them and that would have way more serious repercussions than a quick heal prick. Ironically, because my children have PKU and their Phenylalanine levels have to be constantly monitored, we have to do weekly heal pricks on both kids for all their childhood years and then monthly heal pricks for their teenage years. My daughter is 5 and my little boy is 15 months old, and they don't even flinch anymore when I do their 'jibber jabber' each Sunday morning.
    Please let your baby have this VERY IMPORTANT test. It really could make a huge difference to your baby's health.

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    I know of a family that had their baby overseas and didn't get the guthries test despite being told they were getting all of the same tests as they have in Aust.
    Unfortunately their baby had PKU. It wasn't diagnosed until it was too late and their daughter is now severely mentally retarded. If they had had this test it would have been picked up and the PKU controlled with diet.
    The reason these disorders are included in the guthries is that they are
    1) easily diagnosed
    2) easily treated
    3) severe if left untreated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SuperTrooperVagiDuper View Post
    as above. i had my kids done. dd didnt even feel the prick at all and ds did but didnt cry all they do is prick the heel quickly and squeeze the heel gently to get four (?) drops of blood onto a piece of card for their tests
    This ^^ if you breastfeed (or bottle for that matter) whilst it's being done, they barely even flinch. My DS didn't even stop sucking for a moment, just ever so slightly pulled his foot back. Personal preference but 4 drops of blood was worth the piece of mind for us.

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    Oh and I forgot another
    4) nonspecific symptoms or no symptoms. That family I talked about had no idea their child was gravely unwell until it was too late


 

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