Newborn screening is a set of tests performed on newborns, usually before leaving the hospital. The specific tests performed vary somewhat by state. However, in every state, the tests screen for at least 30 genetic diseases, hearing impairment, and congenital heart defects.
Based on the results of the newborn screen, further testing may be needed. With early diagnosis, treatment for the diseases identified in newborn screening can begin right away before serious problems occur or become permanent.
The newborn screening tests performed in your state may include screening for this disease. You can learn more about newborn screening diseases, follow-up testing, and treatments by visiting the following:
Newborn Screening in Your State [HRSA]
Provides information for families and health professionals about newborn screening in the United States in English and Spanish, including:
- An overview of the newborn screening process, results, and follow-up
- A list of conditions that are screened in each state
- Contact information for each state's newborn screening program
Baby's First Test
Provides information in English and Spanish for families and health professionals about newborn health screening in the United States. Fact sheets are available for each state, including a list of conditions screened and contact information for related programs and services. There are also fact sheets on each covered condition, including early signs, treatment, expected outcomes, and cause.