Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Screening test offered to babies and children

1 day - 1 month : New born hearing screening
This test is usually offered to babies born with-in areas that are implementing newborn hearing screening programme. My little one had her's on the hospital the day after she was born at Calderdale Royal Hospital Halifax West Yorkshire UK.

1-3 days : Newborn Physical examination
Your baby will be check to screen his/her hearth, hips and eyes, and testes in boys. This also includes a general physical examination. This was also given at the hospital the day after my little girl was born.

5-8 days : Newborn bloodspot

A heel-prick sample is offered to test for phenylketonuria and congenital hypothyroidism for all babies. Screening for sickle cell disorders and cystic fibrosis is also being implemented. This test was offered and conducted by the health visitor at home.

6-36 months : Hearing assessment at 6-8 months
General Review between 8 and 36 months
An infant destruction test will be offered at 6-8 months if your child has not previously had a newborn screening test. This will be phased out when the newborn screening program has been fully implemented. At 8 -12 months and around 2 and 3 years, a review may be offered to asses your child's general well being.

3 1/2 - 4 1/2 years : School Entry vision screening, height and weight, dental screening and hearing screening.
Your child will be offered a review to asses general well-being.

Now, if you would like more information about these sort of test or if you got any concern's about your child's development, it would be best to seek an advice from your Doctor or your child's paediatrician.

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