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NHS screening - newborn and 6 - 8 week infant examination

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Key messages from UK National Screening Committee:

    • Two full physical examinations are recommended. The first by 72 hours, the second at 6-8 weeks old
    • The examinations include a full general physical examination & detailed examination of: eyes, heart, hips, and testes
    • Examinations are performed by a trained and competent healthcare professional Clinical standards, competencies, learning resource and information became available Summer 2008
  • http://newbornphysical.screening.nhs.uk/

Newborn Physical Examination

  • after the birth of their baby, parents should be offered two full physical examinations of their newborn baby with four screening components to identify congenital cataracts, congenital heart disease, developmental dislocation of the hip and undescended testes in males. The first examination should take place in the first 72 hours after birth (Health for All Children, Hall & Elliman 2003) and the second should be carried out when the baby is 6-8 weeks old

Last reviewed 10/2019

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