All babies receive a heel prick test. Some blood is dripped from the baby's heel onto a card. The heel prick takes place in the first days of life of the baby.
The heel prick is very important, because with this research very serious (sometimes even life-threatening) disorders can be detected, these are:
It goes without saying that it is important to trace these deviations as early as possible. Should the heel prick not be done, then such illnesses may be discovered much later and with poorer outcomes.
The heel prick test can discover:
If the result is good, you will not hear anything. If it turns out that the result is not good, you will be notified about this within 4 weeks. To prevent the result from being incorrect due to incorrect treatment of the blood, the heel prick will be done again. A second heel prick is done in a laboratory in the hospital. It often happens that after a second heel prick the result is still good. However, if this is not the case, the baby will be treated immediately.
Parents are generally unaware, but the blood taken during the heel prick is not only used for research on abnormalities. The blood is also used for scientific research. The blood is stored anonymously by the RIVM. At the request of scientists, this blood can be used to participate in research. It almost never happens that parents are asked for permission. If you do not want this blood of your baby to be used for scientific research, you can indicate this at the moment the heel prick is taken to your baby.
To make the heel prick for the baby more pleasant, you can pre-heat the feet in warm water, for example in a basin. The blood then drips easier from the heel causes less pain for baby.