What is newborn screening?
Newborn screening is the practice of testing all babies in their first days of life for certain disorders and conditions that can hinder their normal development. This testing is required in every state and is typically performed before the baby leaves the hospital. The conditions included in newborn screening can cause serious health problems starting in infancy or childhood. Early detection and treatment can help prevent intellectual and physical disabilities and life-threatening illnesses.
To learn more about newborn screening:
MedlinePlus from the National Library of Medicine can point you to resources related to newborn
The following websites and organizations also provide information about newborn screening:
- Newborn Screening Coding and Terminology
Guidefrom the U.S. National Library of Medicine