We provide a wealth of knowledge about the types of immunizations and screenings your child will receive. Below, you will find the list of screenings recommended and performed in our office. You can also find helpful information regarding the screenings and immunizations.
State Metabolic Screen (PKU)
This is a blood test that consists of a heel stick and is performed when the child is at least 24 hours old. The State of Louisiana currently screens for 27 different disorders including PKU (phenylketonuria). These 27 disorders are diseases that would otherwise go undiagnosed until serious problems occurred.
The State of Louisiana now requires that all newborns have their hearing tested before they leave the hospital. This simple test identifies children with congenital deafness. The American Academy of Pediatrics as well as the State of Louisiana have recommended hearing screenings at 9 months, 18 months, and 30 months of age. These screenings are done even if your child passed his or her newborn hearing test.
This is a blood test performed at one year of age to evaluate your child for anemia. This test may be repeated if your doctor feels it is necessary.
A urine sample is obtained starting at age 5 to evaluate for diabetes and kidney function. This test may be repeated as necessary.
A vision test is performed at age 4 and may be repeated as necessary.
This blood test demonstrates exposure to lead, which can cause anemia and neurologic problems. Routine testing is not performed. If your child lives in or frequently visits a house built before 1978 that has chipping or peeling paint or your home has been recently remodeled, we need to check their lead level. Other risk factors include children with friends or family members who have been diagnosed with lead poisoning and children who live with anyone whose job or hobby involves exposure to lead (such as painting, soldering, auto battery manufacturing or recycling, or auto radiator repair).
This blood test identifies children who have elevated levels of fat that can lead to heart disease and high blood pressure. Routine testing is not performed. If someone in the family has had problems with high cholesterol or heart problems before the age of 55, please notify your doctor.
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