How will urine be collected?
The area where your infant urinates will be cleaned. We will place a small, flexible tube, or catheter, into your baby’s bladder to get urine. We will take the catheter out as soon as we collect the urine sample. This specimen will tell the doctor if your baby may have an infection in his or her urine.
How will blood be collected?
We will place a thin plastic tube, called an IV, into a vein to collect some blood. We may leave this IV in the vein so we can give your baby fluids and medicines. This specimen will tell the doctor if your baby may have an infection in his or her blood.
How is spinal fluid collected?
A spinal tap is also called a lumbar puncture. It is done to remove a small amount of spinal fluid. Someone will hold your baby still during the procedure to keep him or her safe. The caregiver will clean your baby’s back and then place a needle between the bones in the lower part of the spine. The needle does not enter the spinal cord. The needle goes into the lower back below the level of the spinal cord. A small amount of fluid will drip into tubes. We will remove the needle as soon as the fluid is collected. A small bandage will be placed over the area.