January 2015 Moms

Salty skin?

So I know they say that babies with Cystic Fibrosis have salty skin, and that there's a sweat test that they perform if they think the baby has it. It's also one of the things they test for in the newborn screening too, I believe? Well, I'm crazy hypochondriac mom over here, and yes, I just licked my baby's forehead. Is there any other reason that baby would salty? The more I type this the dumber it sounds, but I'm just curious if it's worth contacting the doctor about?

Re: Salty skin?

  • I think there's a 99.99999% you're just being a worried mommy (which is not a bad thing to be!) and tasting either your sweat or hers. But that being said, for the 0.00001%, the newborn screen typically only screens for the top 4 mutations (depending on your state) for CF, so in theory it is possible for the newborn screen to be negative and still have it. But if she isn't having any symptoms (failure to thrive, loose frothy poop, thick mucous etc) then there's no reason to worry!
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  • And you are a nurse...nurses are THE WORST! Yesterday LO was twitching a bit and I had myself convinced he had epilepsy. :D

    Agreed. I work with liver transplant kiddos... Pretty sure I'm gonna be convinced my kids in liver failure when they have "normal" jaundice.
  • And you are a nurse...nurses are THE WORST! Yesterday LO was twitching a bit and I had myself convinced he had epilepsy. :D

    This is true. We diagnose ourselves with EVERYTHING!
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  • soon2bejpsoon2bejp member
    edited January 2015
    Ahh, this made me laugh so much I was concerned I'd wake the LO. Fellow nurse here and my kid "has" seizures, gerd, cdiff, etc. I will refrain from licking her head for fear of contracting cdiff.

    I'm glad I'm in good company!
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