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Your doctor will be more than happy to answer any medical queries that you may have and will make sure that your baby is as healthy as possible. To do this, they will carry out a comprehensive medical assessment as this is very important for your newborn child. This assessment will include height, weight, head circumference, a blood sample for Karyotype and any other investigations that may be appropriate.
During the first six weeks of your baby’s life, tests carried out still include:
• Heart assessment (to rule out congenital heart disease)
• Heel prick (normal routine metabolic screen for Phenylketonuria (PKU),
Hypothyroidism, Maple Syrup Urine Disease (MSUD), Galactosaemia and
• Eyes examination (to rule out cataract)
A primary health team will be informed of your child’s diagnosis to make sure your
child receives the best possible care. In hospitals where there is a hearing screening
programme for newborns, your baby should also be included. In addition, you may
meet with a social worker and physiotherapist while still in hospital, or this may be
arranged within the first six-week period after your baby is born.
When you’re ready to leave the hospital, make sure you know when you will next be
seen and who you can contact in the meantime if the need arises. Always pick up the
phone with any queries you have – there are lots of people willing to support you on
Your paediatrician is just one of a number of these health and non-health
professionals who will support your child and family. Other specialist doctors may
include those who look after the heart, hearing, vision and joints, if the need arises.
Therapists may include those who will look after muscle tone, feeding and language
development. All of these professionals will help you make sure that your baby gets
the best possible start in life.