Newborn screening looks for rare but serious and mostly treatable health disorders. Babies with these disorders often look healthy, but if the condition is not diagnosed and treated early, a baby can develop lasting physical problems or intellectual disabilities, or may even die.
When is newborn screening done?
All babies in the United States get newborn screening before they leave the hospital, when they are 1 or 2 days old. Some states require that babies have newborn screening again, about 2 weeks later.
If your baby is not born in a hospital, talk to your baby’s provider about getting newborn screening before he is 7 days old.
How is newborn screening done?
Newborn screening is done in 3 ways:
How many health conditions should your baby be screened for?
The March of Dimes would like to see all babies in all states screened for at least 34 health conditions. Many of these health conditions can be treated if found early. Each state decides which tests are required. For example, all states require newborn screening, but they don’t all require screening for CCHD. You can find out which conditions your state screen for here.
Newborn Screening for Military Families
Babies born at Military Treatment Facilities (MTF's) worldwide will have newborn screening provided through a contract with Perkim Elmer. The standardized panel offered by the Department of Defense for MTFs enrolled in the contract screens for 29 disorders as primary targets and detects an additional 24 disorders as secondary targets. This specifically covers all of the conditions on the Recommended Uniform Screening Panel. For military babies born outside of MTF's, please visit the state page of where the baby will be born to learn about that state's panel.
- See more at: http://www.babysfirsttest.org/newborn-screening/screening-procedures#sthash.LMcQ9bVv.dpuf
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