Information on Newborn Screening Resources

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Information on Newborn Screening Resources

It is crucial for all babies to get screened within the first forty-eight hours of life to establish whether or not the recently born infant has any one of the distressing conditions.

There are many other diseases which are often determined early on through Newborn Screening Tests and allow screening for different numbers of diseases and illnesses.



Some illnesses and diseases that can be screened and have panel approval, include
i) Cystic fibrosis (CF)
ii) Congenital deafness (HEAR)
iii) Congenital hypothyroidism (CH)
iv) Congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH)

What is Newborn Screening?

Newborn screening testing usually involves a test called "heel stick" in which the child's heel is pricked, and blood sample are taken within 24-48 hours of birth. The screening is designed to find hereditary disorders that are curable.

What Does Newborn Screening Discover?

Metabolic disorders that can destroy a baby's ability to process and breakdown certain fats and proteins, or can cause digestion problems.

Blood disorders like sickle-cell anemia.

Other disorders such cystic fibrosis, hypothyroidism, deafness, and heart defects.

The screening has been completed by envisaging the test results then provided to the pediatrician and probably to the family doctor's office. Every normal result will indicate that the infant is improbable to be afflicted by any of the conditions which were tested by the lab. The abnormal result may reveal that there is a problem which requires additional tests to confirm whether or not the baby has a specific illness or condition. If there is a problem which is confirmed after additional assessment then the appropriate treatment can be taken immediately.