A national survey conducted by the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Perinatal Pediatrics Executive Committee challenged a select group of medical professionals to identify medical care procedures administered to both high- and low-risk newborns — procedures that may not be necessary. In case you're wondering, a newborn is considered to be high risk if there's a stronger chance of complications that stem from fetal development, problems during labor and delivery or with the mother while carrying her child.
The goal of the study was to pinpoint treatments and tests that either demonstrated little to no result or that made poor use of medical staff and resources. While no one seems to deny situations where these procedures are needed, their effectiveness due to insufficient evidence does raise concern.
Though the following list was never intended to stand in the place of a physician (you still need to speak to your doctor), it does serve as a resource parents can use to raise questions about the welfare of their child and the need for particular treatments — especially if they have a newborn in NICU.
In no particular order, here's a list of newborn tests and treatments the docs themselves say moms should be wary of:
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