Not really, aside from the privacy concerns mentioned previously if your state decides to keep the blood on file indefinitely. The largest risk is probably the tiny chance of an infection from the heel stick or blood draw. There is a risk of false positive (the test suggests a baby has PKU, but in reality the baby doesn't), which would temporarily cause unnecessary worry.
Removing the Bandage
Newborn skin is very thin and fragile. Take it from us and our personal experience -- don't leave that bandage on for a long period of time, hoping it will just gently fall off on its own. It may become extremely difficult (and painful) to remove. Instead, remove the bandage after an hour or so, when it is still easy to do so. If the puncture site is still bleeding, ask for another bandage.
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