Every newborn receives a heel prick in its first week. A maternity nurse will come to your home for the heel prick. She will use a special tool to prick the heel of your baby to collect a few drops of blood. If your child is at the hospital, the heel prick will be done there. After the heel prick, the blood is sent to a laboratory, where the blood will be examined. The laboratory will check for 17 rare, but serious diseases. These diseases are incurable, but if they are discovered in a timely fashion, they can be treated with the right medication or diet. That way, we can prevent or limit any damage to the development of your child. That is why it’s important for your child’s health that you participate in this examination.
The obstetrician will inform you about the heel prick between the 35th and the 37th week into the pregnancy.
Besides a heel prick, every newborn will get a hearing test. The hearing test is done between the fourth and the seventh day after the child is born and is done at the same time as the heel prick.