Newborn Screening

If you are thinking about having a baby, are pregnant, or are the parent of a newborn, you may wonder how health care providers will check your baby’s health after birth. One way they do this is through newborn screening (NBS), a public health service that can change your baby’s life.

Newborn screening involves checking your baby shortly after birth for certain conditions that can cause serious problems within the first days, weeks or years of life. Finding these conditions and starting treatment or intervention early can reduce—or sometimes even prevent—problems with your baby’s health.

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Thanks to NBS, babies with many serious conditions can get treatment or intervention right away, giving each of them the best possible chance at a healthy life.

Date Last Reviewed:  February 2020