Tests, Procedures and Treatments

Below are links to more detailed information about tests, procedures and treatments your child may experience in the NICU.

  • Universal Newborn Hearing Screening (UNHS) (Helping Hand): Ohio law requires that all newborns have a hearing test (screening) before going home from the hospital. Hearing loss is the most common birth defect. In Ohio about 450 babies are born with hearing loss every year.

  • Newborn Screen Blood Test (Helping Hand): State law requires that all babies born in Ohio have their blood drawn and tested. This is called a Newborn Screen Blood Test. The Newborn Screen Blood Test checks to see if your baby has certain diseases or conditions.

  • Congenital Heart Disease Screening FAQs: Congenital heart disease (CHD) is the most common birth defect. Infants with CHD have abnormal heart structure resulting in abnormal blood flow patterns. Approximately eight out of every 1,000 infants have a form of CHD. A pulse-oximetry test is used to screen for CHD.

  • Child Safety Seats (Helping Hand): Ohio law requires that a child ride in a car seat (and then a booster seat when he has outgrown the car seat) until he is 8 years old, unless the child is 4 feet 9 inches tall. The exceptions are children who are 4 feet 9 inches or taller before they are 8 years old.

  • Child Passenger Safety: Infant Car Seat Challenge (Helping Hand): Your baby’s doctor has ordered a Car Seat Challenge. This is a test that gives the doctor valuable information about how well your baby might be able to handle sitting in his or her car seat for travel.

  • Installing Child Safety Seats (The USAA Educational Foundation): Child safety seats are required by law in every state because they provide the best protection for infants and young children. However, correctly installing a child safety seat can be challenging, especially with the wide variety of restraint systems, vehicle belt systems and passenger vehicles available on the market today.