The parents of a newborn have been notified by the hospital that they need to bring their child back to the hospital for further testing. The parents are informed that one of the tests done at birth needs to be repeated. When the parents arrive at the hospital, they meet with a pediatrician who explains that their infant’s thyroid tests have come back abnormal and needs a repeat as results might be a false negative.
a. As the nurse prepares to take the infants blood, the mother asks what it means if the first test result is not a mistake. The nurse knows the best information to give the parents is what?
b. The parents want to know what will happen to their baby if the thyroid gland is not working correctly. The nurse correctly answers what?