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What Pain Management Measures Are Available in the Hospital?

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Posted August 25 2010 03:04pm
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There are usually several different measures used to manage the pain of your labour in hospital.  These include narcotic analgesics (pain killer medication), nitrous oxide gas and epidural anesthesia.  Not all hospitals provide all the measures, so be sure to check with your health care provider and your hospital to learn what is available in your birth setting before you go into labour.  If your hospital offers a tour of the labour and postnatal area for parents this is a good way to find out what pain relief measures are used.


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Blood Tests For Baby After The Birth

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Posted August 25 2010 04:25pm
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Routine blood tests are performed on your baby within the first few days of birth. Blood is drawn from your baby’s heel to measure blood glucose levels. As well, genetic screening is done for many rare and serious disorders such as hypothyroidism, galactosemia, phenylketonuria (PKU) and more.

Yes, the heel stick is somewhat painful for your newborn—just like for some adults who have their blood taken. Be there to cuddle and comfort your baby after the procedure. You may also ask to breastfeed your baby during the procedure or allow the baby to suck.

The number of tests for genetic screening varies, as required by law. As of September 8, 2005, the tests required in Ontario have now increased from the minimum of two (PKU and Hypothyroidism) to include testing for 21 rare genetic diseases. Blood for these tests is taken all at once. These tests are done so treatment can be started right away if it is needed.

 

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What Comfort Measures Will Help Me Cope with the Pain of Labour?

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Posted August 25 2010 03:31pm
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We all react to pain a little differently and, because we are not the same, the methods to relieve pain may or may not work for each of us.  Think of some of the actions you use when you have pain, such as a sore muscle, toothache or headache. Some of these may help you or your partner cope with labour.

Pain relief methods may include changing the space we are in, such as dimming the lights, making the space warmer or cooler, or shutting out any noise. Using our senses such as playing music, day dreaming, or using smells or scents, taking a warm bath or shower, massage, or putting hot or cold packs on an area may also help. Some might find distraction such as reading, meditating, watching a movie or T.V. show, going for a walk or focussing on an object or our breathing helpful.  Even changing our position can help ease pain.  For example, leaning against a wall or against an exercise ball may help moms who are having pain in their lower back during labour.  

Using a range of these pain relief actions may help you cope with your labour.

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Hearing Tests For Baby After Birth

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Posted August 25 2010 04:27pm
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Each year in Ontario, approximately 4 in 1000 babies are born deaf or hard of hearing. Hearing difficulties have a huge impact on your baby’s development, so catching and treating the problem early can help your baby get the best start in life.

Before newborns leave the hospital, their hearing is checked using a machine called a Distortion Product Otoacoustic Emission (DPOAE). A small earphone is place over your baby’s ear and soft sounds are played. Technicians monitor the ear’s response to these sounds. The test takes just a few minutes and will not hurt your baby.

Your baby will be given a pass or a refer result. A refer result will require your baby to have a second hearing test, using a different machine. This test is often done before you take your baby home.

Even if your baby receives a pass, watch for signs of hearing loss as your baby grows. Signs you should look for in your baby include:

  • No response to noises
  • No reaction to your voice
  • No cooing or babbling
  • Unintelligible speech

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