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Neonatal Claims

"Neonatal" is defined as from the moment of birth to 28 days. A neonatal check in the immediate minutes after birth is standard and should always be performed. Most hospitals have a policy of repeating this check at least once before mother and baby are discharged.

This is to check for any obvious abnormalities, or signs of problems that need immediate intervention. The check will cover things such as:-

  • head- shape, symmetry, facial appearance, eye position

  • eyes and ears- check for cataracts, red response, infection, positioning

  • mouth- checking the sucking reflex

  • arms, legs, hands, feet- checking alignment, shape, number of fingers and toes

  • torso- checking for hernia or possible spinal problems

  • skin tone- checking for jaundice or other blood conditions

Appropriate further tests or treatment should be carried out if there is any suggestion of birth defect, infection or malfunction of any body process.

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