Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is Newborn screening?
  • Newborn Screening (NBS) is a Screening test to find out if your baby has a congenital metabolic disorder that may lead to mental retardation or other developmental disability if left untreated.

  • Why we should get our baby screened?
  • Most babies are born healthy. However, some infants could have medical disorder even though they look and act like all newborns. Newborn screening allows health professionals to identify and treat certain conditions before they make a baby sick. Most babies with these conditions who are identified at birth and treated early are able to grow up healthy with normal development.

  • How is newborn screening done?
  • A few drops of blood are taken from the baby's heel, blotted on a special absorbent filter card and then sent to the lab for test.

  • What is the ideal time to undergo newborn screening?
  • The newborn screening is best performed when a baby is 48 hours or older. This timing window is important because certain conditions may go undetected if the blood sample is drawn before 24 hours of age.

  • Can we perform newborn Screening for Preterm, Low Birth Weight, NICU or Sick Newborns?
  • Babies born preterm, sick or with a low birth weight often have certain medical problems that require special treatments. These treatments or procedures can affect the newborn screening results. These infants may require a special process for newborn screening. For example, many preterm, sick or low birth weight infants require more than one blood draw to ensure accurate testing.

  • When are newborn screening results available?
  • Results will be available within two days.
    A NEGATIVE screen means that the screening result is normal.
    A POSITIVE screen means that the newborn must be brought back to his/her health practitioner for further testing.

  • What should be done when a baby is tested positive?
  • Babies with positive results must be referred at once to a specialist for confirmatory testing and further health management. Should there be no specialist in the area, our consultants would advise you.
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