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  • Every newborn baby in Australia is offered a test for rare, but serious, medical conditions.
  • The conditions tested for are phenylketonuria, hypothyroidism and cystic fibrosis.
  • You can choose whether you want your baby to have this test.
  • A midwife will take a blood sample by pricking your baby’s heel. A few drops are collected on a piece of card.
  • This usually happens between 48 and 72 hours after your baby is born.
  • The card is then sent to a laboratory for testing.
  • Most babies will have a normal test result. 
  • Sometimes a repeat test is needed. The results will usually be normal. 
  • If your baby is found to have a serious medical condition, you will be contacted to arrange treatment for your baby. 

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Reviewed on: 03-06-2019