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Newborn screening – tests for your baby

Screening tests are used to find people at higher chance of a health condition. This means they can get earlier, potentially more effective treatment, or make informed decisions about their health. It can be helpful to imagine screening like putting people through a sieve. Most people pass straight through but a small number get caught in the sieve. The people caught in the sieve are those considered to have a higher chance of having the health condition being screened for. Read more detail on the gov.uk website.

Newborn physical examination

The newborn ‘top to toe’ examination will be performed by a midwife or doctor within 72hrs of your baby’s birth, then again by your GP when baby is 6-8 weeks old. Watch a video about what to expect at the examination.

Hearing screening

Our hearing screening coordinators will see your baby either on the postnatal ward if you are to be an inpatient, or you will be offered an appointment to return at a later stage if you go home after the birth of your baby.

Not all babies get a clear response straight away, this is very common and you will be invited back again to re test at a later stage. Watch a video about what you can expect at your appointment.

Newborn blood spot

Often referred to as the ‘heel prick test’ we aim to complete the newborn blood spot test on day 5 of your baby’s life. Watch this video for more information about this test.

Further information

Easy read versions of this leaflet are available.

Additional information is also available for parents of babies who are in a special care baby unit, neonatal intensive care unit or paediatric intensive care unit.

The information is available in 12 other languages: Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, French, Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Romanian, Somali and Urdu.

Coping with Infant crying

“Babies Cry, You Can Cope – never, ever shake or hurt a baby” is the message from ‘ICON’ – a new programme of intervention that aims to help parents and carers to cope with a crying baby.

Developed by the Hampshire Safeguarding Children Partnership and the NHS, ICON involves midwives, health visitors, GPs and other professionals, who work with families, from a range of different organisations. It focuses on highlighting to parents and carers how they can cope with a crying baby and help to avoid them losing control and potentially harming a baby.

ICON represents the following important messages for parents and carers of babies and young children:

  • I – Infant crying is normal and it will stop
  • C– Comforting can sometimes soothe the baby – is the baby hungry, tired or in need of a nappy change
  • O– It’s okay to walk away for a few minutes if the crying is getting too much for you but you must leave the baby so it is safe, and return to check on the baby once you are calm
  • N– Never shake or harm a baby; it can cause lasting damage or death


This graph shows the normal pattern of early infant crying from 2weeks to 4-5 months



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