Why does my baby need Newborn Screening tests?
- Most babies are healthy when they are born.
- We test all babies because a few babies look healthy but have a rare health problem.
- If we find problems early, we can help prevent serious problems like mental retardation or death.
How will my baby be tested?
- Before you leave the hospital, a nurse will take a few drops of blood from your baby's heel.
- The hospital will send the blood sample to a newborn screening lab.
How will I get the results of the test?
- Parents are notified of test results if there is a problem.
- Ask about results when you see your baby's health professional.
Why do some babies need to be retested?
- Your baby may be retested if you leave the hospital before 24 hours.
- Some States require a second test on all babies.
- Some babies need to be retested because there is a problem with the blood sample.
- A few babies need to be retested because the first test showed a possible health problem.
What if I have questions?
Ask your baby's health professional if you have questions or concerns.There may be other tests besides those required in your state. More helpful information is available from
- The National Newborn Screening and Genetics Resource Center (grantee Web site)
- Your state health department's Newborn Screening Program