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The Heel Stick Checks if Newborns Carry Fatal Disorders

The Heel Stick is a test that is performed on newborn babies to check whether they carry fatal genetic disorders or not.

The heel of the baby is pricked within the first 48 hours after the baby is born. After a few drops of blood are taken, five categories of disorders are tested, some of which include Amino Acid Metabolism Disorders, Organic Acid Metabolism Disorders, Fatty Acid Oxidation Disorders, Hemoglobinopathies, and Cystic Fibrosis.

Although the concept was invented back in 1923 by a Danish pediatrician named Paul Drucker, the Heel Stick is a popular procedure that is becoming a hotly-searched topic on the Web.