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1. Nurse/feed the baby before and/or after the procedure.
2. Hold the baby during the procedure.
3. Make sure the baby is warm and comfortable during the procedure.
Studies show that when mothers or health professionals comfort babies during the heel stick, the babies are less likely to cry.
The dried blood spots can also be made available to the parents for further health-related tests for their newborn, and can be used for identification purposes in the case of a missing or deceased child. The dried blood spots can be used to provide a match to help identify the child at the parent’s request.