When & Why to do Newborn Screening?

Early diagnosis helps in early intervention


Newborns will not show any symptoms during birth. By the time baby exhibits any symptoms, it is too late to treat. Newborn Screening helps in knowing the treatable disorders at the earliest.

When & Why ?

  • The ideal time to perform this test is after 48 hrs of birth.
  • This test is necessary for all the babies irrespective of FAMILY HISTORY.
  • If diagnosed early, the intervention is possible by changing the diet or by medication.
  • Late diagnosis and delayed intervention would affect later treatment of the child.

The ideal time for Newborn Screening is 48 hours or older after the birth. However if Newborn Screening was not performed for any older baby, it is recommended to test that baby also so as to prevent further damage.

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