September is Newborn Screening Awareness Month. Newborn screening tests have been available to us for more than 50 years. Screening is a public health service provided by individual states to more than 4 million newborns annually. These screenings (performed shortly after birth with a small blood sample, pulse oximetry, and hearing exam), screen for up to 60 various medical conditions.
If babies are caught by the newborn screening tests and diagnosed early, most babies with serious but treatable conditions grow up healthy with expected development.
But not all states do every test routinely! Each state's newborn screening panel is determined by their public health department. Most states screen for 29 of the 31 conditions recommended by the Discretionary Advisory Committee on Heritable Disorders in Newborns and Children, which is still only half of the conditions that screening is available for. You can visit SaveBabies.org to see which screenings your state offers. Newborn screening saves babies one foot at a time.
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