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Is drawing of blood from a new born infant safe? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 16-Jan-2015
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User:Hello Doctor. I am XXXX and the query is about my son who is 5 days old.
Doctor:congratulations on the arrival of your baby
Doctor:Yes, XXXX please proceed with your query
User:He recently developed a typical yellow tinge - for which I am exposing him to tender sunlight. However, I was advised to perform a blood test to check for TSH, Bilirubin, Blood Group and G6PD..
User:I am just nervous about collecting blood from a 5 day old baby.
User:can you please help me understand if this is normal and how much blood will be collected? and if the baby will have any reactions (if at all)?
Doctor:There is nothing to be nervous about. In fact, new borns just a few hours old also, we do take samples for testing
Doctor:This is normal to collect blood sample in a new born
Doctor:no harm in it
User:oh ok. for the above 4 tests, typically how much blood will be taken? and from which part of the body will it be taken
Doctor:Around 4 to 5 ml would be collected
Doctor:No reactions as such to the baby
Doctor:the blood would be drawn from the vein in the hands or the feet or the heels
User:great. and also the clinic is 30-45 mins away. i am hoping the travel is fine (in a car). can you please confirm?
Doctor:yes, it is fine
User:ok, thanks much doctor. just wanted to alleviate my fears before going ahead with the test. this is very helpful
Doctor:my pleasure
Doctor:nothing to be worried about
Doctor:Please go ahead as suggested
Doctor:Wish your baby a very good health
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