Everything about your postnatal period
The neonatal heel prick and hearing test
In the first week after the birth of the baby, an examination is offered for a number of abnormalities in the baby, the heel prick.
The blood from the heel prick is tested for a number of rare diseases. Most of these are hereditary. Fortunately, they are not very common. Most diseases cannot be cured. However, they can be treated with, for example, medication or a special diet.
A few drops of blood are taken from the baby’s heel.
The heel prick is voluntary, there are no additional costs.
Good hearing is important. For that reason, all babies are tested for hearing within the first few weeks after birth.
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