Two tests are carried out on your baby in the days following birth. While not compulsory they are highly recommended. These include:
Newborn Screening Test
The Newborn screening test is performed 48 hours after your baby's birth. This test screens for metabolic disorders which rarely occur in newborn babies but are very important to identify and treat early.
The infant hearing screen is a free, quick and simple way to check the hearing of newborn babies that is usually conducted during your stay in hospital.
Early identification and assistance for children with a hearing loss is important for their development.
A hearing loss may not be obvious in the first few weeks of life, but can usually be detected by a hearing screen. You will be advised of your baby's results at the time of testing.Top
Hepatitis B is a disease of the liver which can affect your child in later life. The most important and effective way of preventing Hepatitis B is immunisation. Hepatitis B vaccine can be safely given to babies shortly after birth and throughout infancy.
The National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia (NHMRC), recommend that all newborns be given Vitamin K at birth. This is to prevent a problem called haemorrhagic disease of the newborn (sometimes known as Vitamin K deficiency bleeding).