Important: Newborn screening appointments and vaccinations heel prick test for the coronavirus (covid-19) update continue as normal, including.
Newborn blood spot test
Newborn hearing screening test
Newborn physical exams
Be sure to make an appointment unless you or your baby has symptoms of neonatal pneumonia.
What is a blood spot test?
Newborn blood spot screening involves taking a blood sample to determine if your baby has one of nine rare but serious health conditions.
Most babies do not have these conditions, but for the few who do, the benefits of screening are enormous.
Early treatment can prevent severe disability or even death by improving their health.
What is included in the blood spot test?
When your baby is 5 days old, a health care professional will collect 4 drops of blood on a special card at their heel.
You can relieve any pain and make sure your baby is warm and comfortable to hold and feed.
Sometimes you may need to collect a sample when your baby is 6,7,8 days old.
Sometimes a second blood spot sample is needed. I will explain to you why. This does not necessarily mean that there is a problem with your baby.
The test does not pose a known risk to your baby's company.
When is the heel-prick test performed?
The newborn blood spot test (also known as a heel prick) involves obtaining a small sample of your baby's blood to screen it for nine uncommon but critical medical disorders. A healthcare provider will prick your baby's heel when he or she is around five days old and collect a few drops of blood on a specific card.
Is a heel-prick test required?
The newborn heel stick test, which is administered to infants 24 to 48 hours after birth, is used to check for major medical issues, such as several metabolic and hormonal diseases that don't have symptoms at birth but can be fatal if left untreated.
How are heel pricks performed?
Every newborn baby has the "heel prick" screening, often between the ages of 3 and 5 days. The screen is performed by a midwife or public health nurse (PHN) in a hospital or at your house. They draw a tiny amount of blood from the heel of your infant. It is referred to as the heel prick for this reason.