Newborn screenings look for genetic, metabolic and developmental disorders in your baby. This allows steps to be taken before symptoms develop. Most of these illnesses are very rare, but can be treated if caught early. While your baby is at the Centegra Family Birth Center, he/she will receive Illinois’ required newborn screenings.
A hearing screening will check your newborn’s ability to hear and determine if more testing is needed. It is unlikely your baby will have a hearing loss, but if there is a problem it is important to catch it early since a hearing loss can hinder your baby’s speech and language development.
Illinois regulations require that all infants be screened for hearing loss preferably before discharge from the hospital, or by one month of age, and those results are reported to the Illinois Department of Health. Centegra uses the most accurate technology, which gives fewer alarming and expensive “false positive” results than other methods. Centegra will bill your health plan for this service.
Illinois requires every baby born to have a metabolic screening 24 hours or later after birth to detect any irregularities. After the tests are performed, your baby’s pediatrician will contact you regarding any further required intervention.
Car Seat Screening
Car seat testing is done in the hospital before your baby goes home. You will bring in your baby’s car seat, which he/she will sit in for a specified amount of time. During the test, the nurse will monitor your baby’s heart rate, breathing and oxygen level. If your baby passes the car seat newborn screening, he/she will be able to use the car seat you have provided. If not, the hospital may repeat the same car seat test. Some times the doctor may order a home monitor to check your baby’s heart rate and breathing if he/she does not pass the car seat screening.