A newborn may appear normal at birth but may have a hidden medical condition. As the child grows, these conditions could later manifest into serious illnesses and affect the growth and life of the child. Newborn screening is a simple test that can be performed 48 hours after the baby’s birth to rule out these risks.
Why is newborn screening essential ?
- Newborn screening checks for rare, serious but treatable conditions at birth before they cause irreversible damage to the baby
- Sometimes a baby could have a condition even if there is no family history to it
- Early detection allows early treatment which usually involves a change in diet or medication that can help the baby live a normal life
Newborn screening test is to be done between 48 & 72 hours from the time of the baby’s birth ideally. It is important that parents get this test done for their babies before leaving the hospital. However it is also recommended that older babies who did not undergo screening can avail test irrespective of their current age.