Posted: July 16th, 2017
The mothers asks the nurse why her child’s hemoglobin was normal at birth but now the child has S hemoglobin. Which of the following responses by the nurse is most appropriate?
A. “The placenta bars passage of the hemoglobin S from the mother to the fetus.”
B. “The red bone marrow does not begin to produce hemoglobin S until several months after birth.”
C. “Antibodies transmitted from you to the fetus provide the newborn with temporary immunity.”
D. “The newborn has a high concentration of fetal hemoglobin in the blood for some time after birth.”
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