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06 December 2011 @ 02:21 pm
Poor Babby  
Yesterday was a rough morning for Freya. One-year checkup, including three shots and two finger sticks for lead/hemoglobin testing. She was so unhappy. I have to bring her back next week for two more shots because of some new guidelines about not giving flu and PCV shots at the same time. Poor baby. 

Freya has been referred for Birth to Three Early Intervention for a speech delay, which did not really come as a big surprise to me. She is not talking at all. When I said she was not saying "Mama" and "Dada" (well, she says the sounds, but not with intention and meaning) the pediatrician got a funny look on his face and said "Ooooh. I'm referring you..." She does have a handful of signs she uses, though. We will have her hearing checked as well, even though I doubt that is the issue.

I called Birth to Three yesterday as soon as we got home and they haven't called me back yet. I have no doubt that the coordinator is probably doing the work of two or three people, but I hope I hear from her soon, because I really want to get this ball rolling.
let's move to the beat like we know that it's overxdarkstarx on December 6th, 2011 11:13 pm (UTC)
Shots are the worst. :/

Hope you hear back soon!
captain_ozcaptain_oz on December 6th, 2011 11:43 pm (UTC)
But how old is she? Isn't she just barely a year? 18 mos is when they tell you to start getting concerned, no?
Gold Oystergoldoyster on December 7th, 2011 12:06 am (UTC)


kooky haberdashery for the richsueg on December 7th, 2011 01:18 am (UTC)
He said it wouldn't concern him as much if she was a boy but that this was really unusual for a girl.

I know it might not amount to much in the long run, of course, and hope that's the case.

At any rate, everything I've ever seen says that the earlier you catch a delay, the better, so I don't mind if we err on the side of looking at things earlier.
fanlainfanlain on December 7th, 2011 02:42 am (UTC)
This is what my child development text says too - earlier intervention is better. If she doesn't end up needing it, what you have lost? But if she does, you'll be thankful you were there early.
captain_ozcaptain_oz on December 7th, 2011 12:41 am (UTC)
Never mind. I talked to you already.
fanlainfanlain on December 7th, 2011 01:18 am (UTC)
We never had the lead/hemoglobin testing yet, and we just had the 15 month appointment. Is that something we should be asking about?
kooky haberdashery for the richsueg on December 7th, 2011 02:07 am (UTC)
They always do it at 12 months here, but I guess I don't know if they routinely test children who are not "at risk" for lead (living in an older home). I thought both of these tests were always done. Lead can come from other sources besides old paint and any baby could become anemic. I would ask.
fanlainfanlain on December 7th, 2011 02:40 am (UTC)
It's by zip code:

"In Illinois, children who live in a high-risk area (or zip code) are considered at high risk for lead poisoning and are required by law to be screened from 6 months through 6 years of age. In Chicago, all children are considered at high risk for lead poisoning, and Chicago law requires children to be first tested at six or nine months of age.

Children who live in a low-risk area (or zip code) need a blood lead test when they are 12 months old only if their healthcare provider thinks they are at high risk for lead poisoning for other reasons. Healthcare providers can ask parents or guardians certain questions to determine if a child is at high risk for lead poisoning and requires a blood lead test."

Our zip code is not on the list. Affected Champaign zip codes:

61815 - Bondville area
61816 - Broadlands area by Allerton
61845 - Foosland area by Gibson City
61849 - Homer
61851 - Ivesdale
61852 - Longview
61862 - Penfield
61872 - Sadorus

So all more rural areas. I don't think it would have to do with just the age of the home since would the homes in these rural areas all be significantly older than say homes in the older areas of Champaign itself?

this page says this:

"More than 4% of children in the United States have lead poisoning. Rates of lead poisoning are higher in large cities and among people with low incomes."

all of chicago would get tested, probably because it's a city. the others are maybe just because they have low incomes, but i don't see why they wouldn't test for low income areas of champaign then. not us, but still.

"Fortunately, only a small number of babies and children have high enough levels of lead in their blood that they need treatment. If your child's blood lead level is very high, your doctor will treat your child with medicine to lower the amount of lead in the blood."

we're probably not at all likely to be within this small number is my guess why they would not test.