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I don't know my LO's blood group

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I don't know my LO's blood group

Postby Mungo » Tue Nov 15, 2011 7:48 pm

I'm sure I ought to know it :oops: It's not in his red book or any other record that I can find. I feel like a bad mummy for not knowing something so basic. Am I looking in the wrong place? How can I find out?

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Re: I don't know my LO's blood group

Postby justme123 » Tue Nov 15, 2011 7:50 pm

I'm pretty sure they don't ever tell you. I'm not even sure if they test for it routinely. I know that ds1 is rhesus positive as I had to have anti-d after he was born, but apart from that I have no idea!

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Re: I don't know my LO's blood group

Postby KimmyM » Tue Nov 15, 2011 7:52 pm

I know they total me as I know it's the same as mine but I cant remember what that is :oops: I know it's common though.

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Re: I don't know my LO's blood group

Postby docmaggoo » Tue Nov 15, 2011 8:01 pm

It's not routinely tested.

It's only done on babies when they are born if there is a medical reason (ie baby unwell & might need blood) or if the mum is rhesus negative (because if baby is rh+ then the mum needs anti-D)

If at any point in your child's life they need blood/blood products- then they are tested at that point. Even if you know the blood group, it's still tested again to see if there are any special antibodies.

As a student I was curious, so started donating blood and found out then!

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Re: I don't know my LO's blood group

Postby Rox » Tue Nov 15, 2011 8:03 pm

Unless lo has ever needed to have tests done why would they know it?

Scarlett has never had blood taken from her body so its not known yet.

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Re: I don't know my LO's blood group

Postby Mungo » Tue Nov 15, 2011 8:08 pm

Oh phew, I was starting to get worried cos I thought I ought to know it! DS had the routine heel prick tests and they also tested his platelet levels when he was born (I had low platelets in pregnancy) but I don't remember anyone telling me his blood group.

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Re: I don't know my LO's blood group

Postby Miss_Purple » Tue Nov 15, 2011 8:09 pm

I don't know DDs either, although I am curious. Tbh I'm not even sure I know what DH's is! I only know mine because I give blood.

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Re: I don't know my LO's blood group

Postby monsterm » Tue Nov 15, 2011 8:21 pm

Rox wrote:Scarlett has never had blood taken from her body so its not known yet.


Do they not do the heel test in the U.K before you leave the hospital?

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Re: I don't know my LO's blood group

Postby Rox » Tue Nov 15, 2011 8:30 pm

monsterm wrote:
Rox wrote:Scarlett has never had blood taken from her body so its not known yet.


Do they not do the heel test in the U.K before you leave the hospital?


Scarlett had heal pricks whilst in hosp but only due to me having Gestational Diabetes - there isnt enough bleeding to test anything and the cotton wool etc was just put in a contamination bin there and then.

No blood for testing has ever been taken from her so far.

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