Blood tests are not mandatory, but are recommended because heel prick test they can save darling's life.
Screening for sickle cell disease, cystic fibrosis or congenital hypothyroidism can be chosen alone, but only for all six genetic metabolic diseases or not at all.
If you do not want your baby to be screened without any of these developments, discuss this with your midwife.
You should provide information about blood spot testing and disease screening in advance so that you can make an informed decision for your baby.
If you change your mind, a 12-month-old child can be screened for all diseases except cystic fibrosis. Cystic fibrosis can only be screened at 8 weeks of age.
If you have any questions about the test, please consult your midwife, health visitor or general practitioner.
When will we get the results?
When your baby is 6 to 8 weeks old, you should receive the results by mail or from a health care professional.
The results should be recorded in your baby's personal Child Health Record (Red Book). It is important to keep it safe and bring it to every appointment with your baby.
If you have not yet developed the results for your Chinese baby, please consult your health and visitors or general practitioner.
If your baby screens positive, we will contact you as soon as possible. This means that they can be more likely to carry out tests to analyse which as a learning situation.