What to Expect During a Newborn Screening

Posted on: September 11th, 2015 by JayHawkPharmacyBlogger
Health screenings for newborns is incredibly important. Here's what to expect at your baby's first screening.

Health screenings for newborns is incredibly important. Here’s what to expect at your baby’s first screening.


You’ve been expecting this baby for months, and the time is quickly ticking down. You have a lot of things to keep in mind as a new mom, but the one thing you probably haven’t thought of is baby’s first screening. Since September is Newborn Screening Awareness Month, we thought we talk in today’s blog about some of the things you can expect:

Why should my baby be screened?

There are certain health conditions that can cause big problems later on if they’re not treated soon in the child’s life. You can also request additional screenings if there are certain conditions that run in your family and you want to see if your child inherited them.

Should I ask the hospital to perform the screening?

Most hospitals automatically screen your newborn as a part of their policy, whether or not you have insurance.

What is involved in the screening?

A healthcare professional will take a sample of your baby’s blood by pricking the heel, or what is known as a “heel stick” collection. It doesn’t leave a scar, although your child will feel a little bit of discomfort. The sample is then sent to a laboratory for testing.

How soon after birth is this done?

Usually around the 24- to 48-hour mark. If it’s done too soon, it can skew the results.

What if the test results are abnormal?

You can talk to your doctor about what to do if there is anything found during the screening. But keep in mind that sometimes, the test can be off—for example, if your child didn’t have enough in his or her stomach before the test was done.

Here at Jayhawk Pharmacy, we’re all about helping new moms adjust to their role in their little one’s lives. That’s why we carry a number of maternity products, including breast pumps, in our online catalog.

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