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We aim to screen your baby's hearing before discharge from the hospital but if this is not possible, or we need to complete the screen, we will offer appointments at the following venues :
Frimley Park Hospital, Aldershot centre for Health, Farnham Hospital , Brants Bridge clinic ( HealthSpace), Bracknell


If you have any concerns at all , however small please ring - Newborn Hearing Screening team - 01483 783107


For further information visit:
http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/pages/newborn-hearing-test.aspx
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/newborn-hearing-screening-programme-overview


There is no set time of the day that the community midwife will visit. You will get a visit on the day after going home, day 5 and day 9.
If you need to be visited more frequently your midwife will negotiate this with you.
Please wait in on the days that you are due to be seen

If you are still receiving care from your community midwife please contact them for specific advice. If you are receiving care from your health visitor please contact them.
Other useful information can be found in the breastfeeding section of this website

Some babies have bloodshot eyes due to the pressure during delivery; this is not a problem and will resolve spontaneously.

Watery eyes are very common in newborn babies. Baby’s tear ducts are immature at first and do not always wash away dust or dirt in the baby’s eyes. This will naturally resolve in time. You can clean your baby’s eyes with cooled boiled water using a clean cotton wool ball with each wipe if your baby’s eyes appear ‘sticky’. If the discharge becomes green or yellow your midwife may take a swab to ensure that there is no infection present

The contents of your baby’s nappies change day by day at first.
These changes can help you know if your baby is feeding well.
Ask your midwife if there is anything you feel concerned about.


On days 1 – 2

  • Urine – two or more wet nappies per day
  • Dirty nappy – one or more per day. The first motion that your baby will pass is called meconium which is greenish black with no smell. It has gradually accumulated in the baby’s gut since the sixteenth week of pregnancy and is usually passed in the first 24 hours following birth. If your baby has not passed meconium within 48 hours please inform your midwife.

On days 3 – 4

  • Urine – three or more per day. The volume of urine increases and the nappies feel heavier.
  • Dirty nappy – two or more per day. The colour changes and looks more green, these are called ‘changing stools’. They change because your baby is taking more milk and digesting it.

On days 5 – 6

  • Urine – five or more heavier nappies per day
  • Dirty nappy – at least two soft, yellow stools per day.

Day 7 onwards

  • Urine – six or more heavy nappies per day.
  • Dirty nappy - at least two soft, yellow stools per day greater than a £2 pound coin. You might notice little seedy looking particles in it, don’t worry as that is normal. In the first couple of days some babies may have pink or orange staining in the nappy, this is because the urine is concentrated and high in coloured urates.


Baby girls may also have a mucousy vaginal discharge and may also have a small period because they are withdrawing from the hormones that were passed from you across the placenta.
The genitals of boys and girls often appear quite swollen but will look in proportion with their bodies in a few weeks.

Please follow this link which will take you to the government website where you can download the relevant forms and guidance