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newborn hearing test - am on ward and been offered nurse back inhalf hr for my decision, help!

(25 Posts)
hobbgoblin Fri 24-Jul-09 08:50:42

sorry about typing canula in wrong hand!

so, did u have test straight after birth? doesn't see,m that reliable to me and can poss create more worry than anything???

yama Fri 24-Jul-09 08:52:38

Dd was born at 4 pm on the Monday and hearing test was about 10am the next morning.

I never thought about it.

GoldenSnitch Fri 24-Jul-09 08:53:42

Ours went fine too. I think they come back and re-test later if there seems to be an issue

SoupDragon Fri 24-Jul-09 08:54:42

I don't understand why you wouldn't have it TBH.

PuppyMonkey Fri 24-Jul-09 08:55:37

It's not poisonous.

PuppyMonkey Fri 24-Jul-09 08:56:06

Oh and congrats! Hope the birth went well.. smile

hobbgoblin Fri 24-Jul-09 08:57:19

just wonder whether to have in a week or so
is all getting bit medicalised - not saying i don't want but i was supposed 2 b homebirth and peaceful instead is all drugs, needles, tests, bp checks and god knows...

sorry v tired so explanation bit rubbish

girlsyearapart Fri 24-Jul-09 08:58:43

Congrats how did it go what did you have?
Test doesn't hurt them at all. Had both mine done it was fine. Easier to do when tiny than bigger.

bamboostalks Fri 24-Jul-09 09:01:14

What is the problem with a hearing test, thought it was standard. If anything is amiss help can be sourced much quicker. Surely a good thing?

Congratulations on new baby. smile

TrinityRhinoHasASillyStepson Fri 24-Jul-09 09:01:20

I understand that you are feeling like it has all become medicalised

but this is not the same as unneccessary episiotomy/drugs/intervention

It wont hurt your gorgeous little bundle at all and its higly unlikely to show anything wrong

Huge congrats to you on your new baby smile

Nemoandthefishes Fri 24-Jul-09 09:02:02

they tried to do this for dd3 btu she failed due to crying. She is nearly 6wks and has an appointment for next week. Would have been easier if she had passed the hospital one as now have to go with all 4 dc next week and she is much more alert now so will prob fail again

TrinityRhinoHasASillyStepson Fri 24-Jul-09 09:03:27

just incase you haven't been given any info

SoupDragon Fri 24-Jul-09 09:04:32

Oh, have it done now. I had a HB with DD and had to cart her off to hospital for her hearing test a few weeks later. A complete PITA.

IdrisTheDragon Fri 24-Jul-09 09:04:38

Dd didn't have hers in hospital as had her in a different county from where we live and they didn't do the nnewborn test at the time. Was more of a hassle having it done when she was a few weeks older and more alert.

TrinityRhinoHasASillyStepson Fri 24-Jul-09 09:04:56

and they can do it if the baby is asleep smile

SoupDragon Fri 24-Jul-09 09:05:30

(Oh, and congratulations I was waiting for the 2nd half of your birth story)

bigstripeytiger Fri 24-Jul-09 09:08:28

The test isnt especially reliable.

If you get a pass, then I think you can be pretty sure there isnt a problem, but if the baby fails, there are a lot of reasons why that might be.
So I would probably let them do it, but try not to worry if the baby fails. Or if you are planning on staying in hospital maybe get them to do it later today/tomorrow.

Congratulations. smile

Littlefish Fri 24-Jul-09 09:11:52

Congratulations Hobb. Have you had a boy or girl?

theyoungvisiter Fri 24-Jul-09 09:13:32

I'd have it done now - it's much more of a faff to drag yourself out to a clinic a few weeks down the line, plus they have to be quiet for the test, so it's harder if you have to prise them out of buggies/cars.


ButterbeerAndLemon Fri 24-Jul-09 09:16:19

We were discharged from hospital within a couple of hours so went to get it done about a week later. But if they are offering to do it there I'd take them up on it; it's not intrusive and can be done with the baby asleep, and it's one less thing you have to take care of in the first few days after being discharged.

ButterbeerAndLemon Fri 24-Jul-09 09:19:49

(the first "test" is just a screening to see whether your baby needs a full hearing test. If there are any problems then it's important to pick them up early)

MollieO Fri 24-Jul-09 09:20:02

I would have it done. Ds had it done when he was 4 days old. We didn't have a choice as he was in SCBU. They attached a load of wires and did it via a computer. He was asleep and didn't know anything about it.

cece Fri 24-Jul-09 09:20:43

DS had his at 10 days old and slept through the whole thing. I would go for it.

FabBakerGirlIsBack Fri 24-Jul-09 09:31:10

Have the test.

We weren't given the option and had to travel a 100 miles when DS2 was 2 weeks old as I knew he couldn't hear and no one believed me.

ILikeToMoveItMoveIt Fri 24-Jul-09 09:34:24

Have the test.

It's non invasive. If they cannot get a reading - usually due to fluid in the ears - they will repeat the test in a few days.

Many congratulations smile

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