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Hello. I'm Dr. Clark and I'm happy that you have asked me to assist you with your child and hope that you can benefit from my many years of helping parents like you.
Can you tell me first why the blood test was being done?
We are changing my son from formula to milk
the Doctor wanted to see if he should get vitamins
we had a cbc diff and lead test done
nothing that we were worrying about or thought was an issue
First, the blood count is fine and the only vitamin a blood count reflects is iron so I suppose that is what was being tested.
ok ... the levels on the results page make me concerned
If a baby is anemic sometimes whole milk can cause an irritation of the bowel that can lead to anemia but his total red cell count as well as his hemoglobin and hematocrit are fine, which is the test for anemia.
The lymphocyte count being "low" is not significant and changes all the time. Also, you should know that most labs do not print pediatric or age-adjusted values and his are fine.
was freaking and searching infant levels via the net
see many different ranges
i.e. the concern
All he really needed was a hemoglobin or hematocrit but a CBC was ordered which always leads to confusion, which begs the question "why do it?"
easier to bill/order?
Costs more, for sure!
so .. botXXXXX XXXXXne ... nothing to worry about?
I assure you this is nothing to be concerned about.
that's what I wanted to hear ...
In my practice parents are never given lab results without an explanation, especially on a weekend!
You are quite welcome and need not worry.
esp. because we wont talk to the dr. till monday
have a great weekend
Babies generally always tolerate a change to regular milk any time after 9 months so I'm sure he will do fine.
Please let me know if you have any further questions now or in the future.
will do ... thanks again .. I can not breath again :)
can now :)
Take a deep breath (and a sip of wine, perhaps!)
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