There are two important tests required in the first week after the baby is born. This is required to do an early detection of any abnormality so that it can be treated.
Heel Prick Test :
In the first week after the birth, blood from your baby heel is collected and examined for a number of rare diseases.If the heel prick test will show that your baby has a rare disease, you will be referred to a pediatrician. An employee of GGD (Gemeentelijke Gezondheidsdienst) will come to you home(usually without an appointment or call) to perform the heel test. The test will be performed within 4 to 8 days after the baby is born.
If the test results are good, you will not be notified. No news is a good news. If the test is abnormal, your will be notified and your family doctor will contact you.
Hearing Test :
Hearing test is also done at your home within first week after the birth. The test takes only few minutes and is painless. Results will be shared immediately. The hearing test will be done during the same visit as that of heel prick test.