Newborn Screening (BabyShield)

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Newborn Screening Overview

Newborn Screening is a program that identifies babies at risk of having rare, but serious medical conditions that can affect normal development. BabyShield Newborn Screening combines biochemical testing of 100+ metabolic & genetic conditions with confirmatory genetic testing for screen-positive results. It aims to achieve early identification of conditions. Thus, resulting in early intervention that can lead to the elimination or reduction of mortality, morbidity and disability in affected newborns.

Who should consider the test?

Why Should You get your Baby tested?

  1. Early Diagnosis of disease - Reflex genetic testing of screen positive conditions helps in identification of genetic anomalies that can help make a quick diagnosis.
  2. Faster Initiation of Treatment: Confirmation of a screen positive result with reflex genetic testing within 96 hours helps ensure prompt treatment and effective disease management.

How Does Newborn Screening Work?

Enrolment

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Sample Collection

LifeCell’s paramedics will safely collect the samples from the baby.

Laboratory Analysis

Samples are examined using an advanced 2-step testing process.

Reports

Test reports are made available to the parents within 72 hours.

Counselling

Post-result genetic counselling is offered to parents to understand the test results better.

Frequently Asked Questions

Between 48-72 hours after birth, your physician, nurse or a trained member of the hospital staff will collect a urine sample or a few drops of blood onto a screening card by pricking your baby’s heel. If you are discharged early, the sample will be collected during a home visit.

Screening is quick and safe. The heel prick may cause brief discomfort to your newborn, but holding or feeding them during collection will help.

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