Your baby will be weighed at birth and then again around day 5 by the midwife. It is not unusual for your baby to lose a little weight in the early days which is due to them losing excess fluids following the birth. Your midwife will tell you if there are any concerns about the weight loss.
Newborn Hearing Screening
You will be offered a quick and simple test to check your baby’s hearing shortly after birth, as some babies can be born with hearing loss.
When the cord is cut and clamped at birth, a small piece of cord, with the clamp, is left attached to your baby. Usually within the first week this will dry and drop off. Whilst you wait for this to happen keep the baby’s belly button clean with cotton wool and warm water and then dry.
Newborn Blood Spot Screening (heel prick test)
Between 5 and 8 days following birth your midwife can take a blood sample from your baby’s heel to test for some rare, but potentially serious illnesses: phenylketonuria (PKU), cystic fibrosis, sickle cell disorders, congenital hypothyroidism and in some babies a test is carried out for medium chain acyl dehydrogenase deficiency (MCADD) which is an inherited metabolic problem.
Registering your Baby’s Birth
You will need to register your baby’s birth within 42 days – contact your local Registry Office (you may be able to drop in or you might need an appointment).