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Postnatal newborn screening checks your baby for a range of potential medical conditions a few months after birth. These can identify any health issues early on to ensure the best treatment and measures are put in place from the start, so they live a healthy and happy life.
Stem Protect can arrange newborn screening tests and postnatal checks in the UK for your baby. These simple tests check for conditions that manifest themselves in the first few months after birth. It’s a simple, non-invasive, and pain-free process you can even do at home for peace of mind about your baby’s health.
What is a newborn screening test?
A newborn screening test is an assessment of a baby in the first few weeks and months of their life for a range of health conditions. The NHS provides a physical examination, heel prick, and hearing screening soon after birth. Additional newborn screening tests a few weeks later look for signs of further health issues.
Newborn screening tests are non-invasive and pain-free. At Stem Protect we can offer newborn baby screening tests that are saliva-based and can be taken in your own home. It provides parental peace of mind through early identification of coeliac disease, lactose intolerance, and other conditions.
What do newborn baby screening tests identify?
Screening tests for newborn babies from Stem Protect can advise on the presence of:
- Medication-induced deafness – swab tests can indicate if your child is predisposed to deafness precipitated by antibiotics, so such medication can be avoided
- Genetically-linked bitter taste response
- Coeliac disease, linked to Chromosome 6 in nearly all cases
- Lactose intolerance, a distressing condition that occurs in 1-in-50 babies
How do newborn screening tests work?
Newborn screening tests from Stem Protect require just a couple of gently taken swabs of your baby’s saliva. It’s a quick, non-invasive, and painless process for you and your child. There’s no need to take any blood, unlike with the heel prick test.
Newborn screening testing can be done in the comfort of your own home without the hassle of visiting a hospital or medical centre. We offer rapid results and early insight into your child’s dietary and health requirements with our postnatal checks.
Contact Stem Protect today so we can put your mind at rest over your child’s current and future health. The initial consultation is free, in confidence, and there’s no obligation.
Why book postnatal checks for your newborn baby?
Enjoy peace of mind that some health conditions and dietary requirements can be identified in your child early on with our newborn screening process. Postnatal checks on your newborn baby are quick, easy, and painless. These may help protect their future health ensuring the right treatment and management of any conditions.
The NHS offers various screening tests in the first six to eight weeks of your child’s life. They check for various health problems and conditions that may need further testing or treatment, but it doesn’t cover everything. These include:
- Newborn hearing screening – to check your child’s hearing usually soon after birth in a hospital or the first few weeks at home.
- Newborn physical examination – one examination within 72 hours and another six to eight weeks later to assess their eyes, heart, hips, and testicles (in boys).
- Newborn blood spot test – a few drops of blood are taken when your baby is five days old to check for nine rare but serious health conditions.
Our additional test can provide further newborn screening information about other potential health conditions and dietary requirements of your child. This includes help identifying the presence of coeliac disease, lactose intolerance, bitter taste response, and more.
Arrange newborn screening in the UK
Protect your child’s future health with newborn checks after birth. Enjoy peace of mind that your baby is happy and healthy with a non-invasive test you can do at home. Identifying any conditions helps ensure you have the best treatment and any additional testing in place from early on.
Book newborn screening in the UK with Stem Protect today. Call 0800 211 8389 or contact us online for a free consultation with no obligation. Speak to one of our expert team for answers to any of your questions and for more information about how the newborn screening process works.
Banked stem cells, such as from a child's cord blood, can be used to help them in later life if they suffer from certain life-threatening illnesses such as leukaemia.
Most stem cells used in medicine come from donors. Safely storing your or your child's stem cells in a cell bank could avoid the need to use donor or embryonic cells at all.