The heel prick is administered in the first week after birth. A member of staff from the health clinic will visit you at home. The heel prick is automatically initiated once your baby has been registered with the municipality.
A few drops of blood will be taken from your baby through a prick in the heel. This requires your consent. The blood will then be tested by a laboratory for a number of rare and severe diseases. These are usually not curable, but they can be treated by, for instance, medicines or a diet. Tracing these diseases early means that treatment can be started quickly. As a result, serious harm to your baby’s physical and mental development can be prevented.
In total there are 18 different disorders, such as a disorder of the thyroid gland, a disorder of the adrenal gland, a blood disease (sickle cell disease), language mucous diseases and various metabolic diseases.
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The hearing test, also called hearing screening, is usually offered together with the heel prick. In some cases, the hearing test is done a few weeks later. The hearing test measures whether your baby’s hearing is sufficient to learn to talk. Again, the sooner this screening is done, the sooner treatment can begin.
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