The Parent's Guide to Newborn Screening: These Test Can Save Your Baby's Life
The Parent's Guide to Newborn Screening (PDF - 127 KB)
Esta Prueba Puede Salvar la Vida de su Bebé (PDF - 127 KB)
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.
- 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.
- 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
Baby's First Test
Your state health department's Newborn Screening Program