This week’s unseasonably warm weather has likely whetted your appetite for more. In addition, for those of you with school-aged children, Spring Break is rapidly approaching. Some of you will travel to the beach. Some of you will enjoy a local “staycation.” Regardless,  you and your children will likely be spending more time outdoors. I want to remind all of you to stay safe. With that in mind, here are some helpful safety tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

 

Newborn Screening…What’s the Meaning?

In 1968 the state of Tennessee started it’s state newborn screening program. It was designed to screen infants shortly after birth that may have a treatable condition that is not immediately recognizable. The current program consists of three parts :

*A blood sample that screens for inherited conditions that are treatable if identified early

*A hearing screen to be conducted prior to discharge to help identify congenital hearing loss

*The Critical Congenital Heart Disease (CCHD) screen that is conducted through a simple oxygen reading while in the newborn nursery

These three simple tests allow for early detection for a wide range of treatable conditions. These tests will routinely be performed in the newborn nursery and the results of these tests will be made available to you as they are completed. The genetic blood screen is sent to the state lab so those results are usually not available until after you are discharged home from the hospital. Your pediatrician will be able to access those results for you. More information can be found here.

Additionally, one of our own KPA families has worked tirelessly to see that Krabbe’s disease was listed on the newborn screen through an act known as the Mabry Kate Webb Act in 2015. To read more of the Webb family story visit Facebook.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar – A Bedtime Favorite for A Healthier Generation

As our children were growing up, Eric Carle was one of our favorite authors and his book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, was often one of their choices at bedtime. Currently, the AAP is teaming up with The Alliance for A Healthier Generation along with this timeless book by Eric Carle to help families in their efforts to eat a healthier diet. The following link​ to the healthychildren.org website provides the tools for this initiative.