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Talk with Your Doctor about Newborn Screening

Newborn screenings will help you make sure your baby grows up healthy. Talk about newborn screening with your doctor or midwife before your baby is born.

Review Date: April 23, 2012

National Health Information Center - NHIC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Newborn Screening Test: Frequently Asked Questions

This page answers the most frequently asked questions by parents about the newborn screening test, often referred to as the PKU or heel-stick test.

Review Date: April 25, 2012

Save Babies Through Screening Foundation, Inc.

Baby’s First Test

Get answers to some of the common questions that come up about newborn screening.

Review Date: October 11, 2011

Genetic Alliance

Causes and Prevention of Intellectual Disabilities

Although not all intellectual disabilities can be prevented, there are some that can be prevented through newborn screening, immunization and prenatal care. Learn more about it.

Review Date: January 31, 2013

The Arc

Commercial and Non-Profit Organizations offering Expanded Newborn Screening Tests

The organizations listed here charge a fee for additional screening that may not be offered in your state. NNSGRC provides the following websites for information only, and does not imply endorsement of any particular company.

Review Date: November 01, 2011

National Newborn Screening and Genetics Resource Center

Has Your Baby's Hearing Been Screened?

Your baby should have a hearing screening within the first month of life. It's important to detect deafness or hearing loss as early as possible.

Review Date: November 09, 2012

NIH National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders

InfantSEE™ Program

Under the InfantSEE program, AOA optometrists provide a comprehensive eye and vision assessment for infants within the first year of life regardless of a family's income or access to insurance. Use the InfantSEE doctor locator to find a provider near you.

Review Date: March 24, 2013

American Optometric Association

Jaundice in Healthy Newborns

Jaundice usually appears around the second or third day of life. A jaundiced baby's skin will usually appear yellow first on the face, followed by the chest and stomach, and finally, the legs. It can also cause the whites of an infant's eyes to appear yellow. Learn about the symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of jaundice.

Review Date: July 31, 2012

The Nemours Foundation

National Newborn Screening Status Report- (PDF)

Find out which newborn screening tests are required by each state.

Review Date: March 18, 2013

Educational Institution--Follow the Resource URL for More Information

Newborn Screening Tests

All states screen newborns for certain birth defects. When test results show that the baby has a birth defect, early diagnosis and treatment can make the difference between lifelong disabilities and healthy development.

Review Date: April 25, 2012

March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation

Pediatric Genetics: Newborn Screening

Learn why it's important to know your family health history, and how genetic counseling and newborn screening can help doctors find and treat a genetic condition early.

Review Date: January 25, 2013

National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, CDC

Phenylketonuria (PKU): Coping and Support

Living with PKU can be difficult. Read these strategies to help you cope with the challenges of PKU.

Review Date: February 08, 2013

Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research

PKU (Phenylketonuria)

PKU (phenylketonuria) is an inherited disorder that, if untreated, causes mental retardation. Fortunately, through routine newborn screening, almost all affected newborns are diagnosed and treated early, allowing them to grow up with normal intelligence.

Review Date: November 16, 2012

March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation

Pregnancy & Newborn Timeline of Tips

As an expectant parent, there is so much to learn about caring for your unborn baby and even more to learn about caring for your newborn once you’re home from the hospital. Here is a timeline of tips that provides accurate and up-to-date information on infant health and survival.

Review Date: November 06, 2012

First Candle/SIDS Alliance

State Map Page: Newborn Screening

Every newborn in the U.S. receives a newborn screening test. Select the state initials on the map or the state name in the table below for newborn screening information in your state.

Review Date: November 01, 2011

National Newborn Screening and Genetics Resource Center

The Parent's Guide to Newborn Screening: These Test Can Save Your Baby's Life

This publication answers questions about tests that could save your baby’s life, including why your baby needs newborn screening tests.

Review Date: April 25, 2012

Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration