All parents are offered the opportunity to have their baby screened for a number of rare disorders. This test is called the ‘newborn screening’. You might also hear it called the ‘heel prick’ test. It is usually done a few days after your baby’s birth and you will need to give permission for it to be done. 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. Parents are contacted if there are concerns with the test results.
There should be more information in your hospital pack regarding the newborn screening test.