The $4 Test That Could Save Your Baby’s Life

What takes four minutes and costs four dollars and saved the life of a baby in Washington?

A simple analysis of oxygen monitoring.

The test called pulse oximetry, is one you may be familiar with, as is often included in any time getting a checkup at the doctor’s office. A small machine is placed on the finger and measures the oxygen saturation in the skin, giving caregivers a picture of how well your body is using oxygen as it is supposed to.

The test was so easy to do with a small, flexible monitor that is wrapped around the baby’s heel, wrist, or sometimes even in your ear. It almost looks like a Band-Aid and is completely painless for the baby-often not even wake up when the monitor applied.

Why the test is required

With newborns, sometimes it may take some time for your cardiovascular and respiratory systems for the transition to work outside the uterus, so the readings of oxygen with the oxygen monitor are different from those of older babies or adults.

For example, a normal oxygen level for a baby, one minute after birth is different from a baby at 10 minutes of life. And babies born by cesarean section also have saturation levels lower initial oxygen.

Generally, it takes about 5 minutes for a newborn to a normal rate of air oxygen saturation breathing room.

Because the cardiovascular system and respiratory (heart and respiration) of a newborn can be transient, which means it may take some time to boot, it also means that sometimes a baby may seem perfectly healthy but actually they have an undiagnosed heart problem.

It’s almost as if the body of the newborn compensates the first day of birth as regulating systems and then a problem can be detected only when the baby is in severe respiratory distress.

One study found that oxygen saturation can vary widely from less than 60% to an average of 98.3% -in the first 24 hours of life, the numbers actually fluctuate during the first month of life, and as, indeed, many of newborns breathe irregularly. (Also completely normal.)

Large fluctuations are why take a reading device shortly after birth is so important that it can detect a problem before it is too late or will have to be raised before a baby.

Not to mention, in his poor body newborn is burning critical energy and calories just trying to breathe, it will not be able to make other vital, such as maintaining temperature or eat functions, and before you know it, one problem has become critical in many health problems.

How the baby’s life saved test A

Baby Conrad, who was profiled in a local newspaper in Washington, was just a baby.

born at home and appears completely healthy and normal in every relationship, he passed all the tests that you performed your midwife home birth after her mother. Save your pulse oximetry test done after he was 24 hours old.

He failed that test and spent the next 23 days in the Seattle Hospital where he underwent heart surgery to correct a heart abnormality previously undetected.

The American Heart Association notes that 9 out of every 1,000 babies born each year with a congenital heart defect. (Surprisingly, the AHA says heart defects are the # 1 cause of infant death in the United States!)

Promote the use of pulse oximmeter for those babies who may be at risk at birth, which is why more hospitals and states are making the law of pulse oximetry.

The conclusion of all this is, of course, to know exactly what kind of tests your baby will be in the hospital and to be aware of some of the signs and symptoms of respiratory distress in the baby, including a baby it seems very tired, do not want to eat, is having difficulty breathing or nasal flaring looks like his chest is “inside” or blue.

And, of course, if you are planning a home birth or a birth outside the hospital, to verify that the installation or midwife who will care for your baby will have equipment available pulse oximetry.


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