How will I get the results of the test? Your health care professional will contact you if test results indicate a problem. Otherwise, you can ask about the results at your baby's well child checkup.
Do babies born at home need to be tested? Yes. Your birth attendant should provide a test. If not you can arrange testing at your first doctor visit. Because some of the disorders detected on a newborn screen require immediate treatment, it is best to have the screening sent off within the first 5-6 days after birth.
What if there is a family history of a disorder? If the family history contains a disorder in the panel, the screening laboratory should be informed to expedite processing. The treatment for many endocrinologic and metabolic disorders must begin as soon after birth as possible.
Improvements in technology and medicine allow more treatable conditions to be added to newborn screening. Educating and urging your state government to add these additional disorders to its newborn screening program allows all children, regardless of birth place, screening for many rare but treatable conditions.
What about DNA testing? In the future, it is possible that DNA testing could be part of the newborn screen. Knowing a baby's genetic vulnerability would allow parents the change to prevent potential disease.
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