Many newborns complete these screenings and procedures without any problems. We will be sure to explain the results in detail and refer you for any follow-up care if needed.
The screenings and preventive care we give newborns include:
Eye drops or ointment containing an antibiotic medication are placed in a newborn's eyes after birth. This ointment helps protect the eyes from infection. Any swelling from this ointment usually goes down in a day or two.
We will test your baby’s hearing with an otoacoustic emissions test (OAE). The test is safe, quick and painless. In fact, most infants sleep through the screening.
Transcutaneous bilirubin test
This test checks for jaundice. Jaundice is a common condition that causes the skin and whites of the eyes to yellow. It is caused by too much bilirubin in the baby’s red blood cells. During the test, your doctor will put a meter on your child’s skin to measure bilirubin levels.
Vitamin K injection
Shortly after birth, your care team will give your baby a Vitamin K injection. Vitamin K helps with blood clotting. Your baby needs this injection because most newborns do not have their own source of vitamin K for a few days after birth.
Hepatitis B vaccine
With your permission, the first of three doses of the hepatitis B vaccine will be given to your baby before you leave the hospital.
Your care team will run blood tests to check if your baby has any developmental, genetic or metabolic conditions. The blood is taken with a small prick from your baby’s heel.
Congenital heart defect testing
Your care team will check for heart defects using special sensors on the hands and feet. These sensors measure blood oxygen level and pulse.