Newborn screening is a special test for newborns for certain harmful or potentially fatal disorders that aren’t otherwise apparent at birth, which need immediate treatment.
Simply because there are no immediate signs and symptoms, these harmful disorders are usually missed at birth; hence, if not diagnosed and treated promptly, such disorders can lead to poor growth, severe illness, brain damage and death.
diagnosis and early proper treatment will not only significantly reduce but also prevent harmful consequences of these disorders.
The test is very safe and simple.
Between the 2nd and 3rd day after birth, a few drops of blood from your baby’s heel is to be collected and sent to United Genetics Medical Laboratory for screening.
These few drops of blood are enough to test for over 49 different possible health problems.
In some, cases (positive results) have to be confirmed, as part of hospital procedures. To repeat the test, a new blood sample is to be collected from your baby. If your doctor asks you to bring your baby back to repeat the test, do so as requested; it is very important for your baby’s wellbeing that testing is done right and on time.
If the test result is abnormal, you will be contacted by your doctor to discuss further testing and treatment options.
This screening test diagnoses babies who may be at risk of developing serious disorders. Further testing may be needed, if your baby has a disorder that requires treatment.
Newborn Screening Test will give you a peace of mind by identifying babies at risk. Therefore, screening is valuable because early identification and timely treatment should prevent terrible consequences such as mental retardation and handicaps.
Disorders are different. Some are treated with special diet and others with drugs. Please remember that early and timely treated babies grow up to enjoy normal and healthy life.