H is for Heal Prick

How is the test done?

If parents consent to screening, a midwife or nurse will perform the test by pricking your baby’s heel and putting a few drops of blood on a special filter paper.

The heel prick may be uncomfortable and your baby may cry, but it’s all over very quickly. You can help by making sure that your baby is warm and comfortable and by being ready to feed and cuddle your baby.

The filter paper is allowed to dry and is then sent to the newborn screening laboratory where several different tests will be performed. 

What is being screened for?

Newborn screening helps to identify babies thought to be affected by one of the following conditions:

Phenylketonuria (PKU) 

Congenital hypothyroidism (CHT)

Cystic fibrosis (CF)

Galactosaemia

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https://www.pregnancybirthbaby.org.au/neonatal-screening-test