Why is the test done?
The test is done to find out if your baby
has a disease or condition for which early
treatment can help prevent physical or
mental disability or even death. Newborn
screening has been adopted by most countries
around the world, though the list of screened
diseases varies widely.
How many disorders are usually detected
Every country has created their own parameter
of disorders which are detected through
Newborn Screening, depending on the prevalence
of the diseases in that region. Most of
the States in USA screen for around 30
parameters. The comprehensive Newborn
Screening programme that Eastern Innovative
offers, screens for 50+ IEM disorders
which are curable if detected at an early
Is my baby at risk
even if we have no family history of these
Parents who have no family history of
health problems and already have healthy
children can still have children with
these disorders. In fact, most children
with these disorders come from families
with no previous history of the condition.
Should I still ask
for the analysis if my baby looks healthy?
Most babies with disorders look and act
normal and seem perfectly healthy. The
newborn screening test helps your doctor
identify a problem with your baby before
it makes him or her sick. Toxic build
up can be rapid enough for the condition
to become irreversible within just a few days after birth. Most
babies that are diagnosed and treated
early do very well. The earlier the diagnosis
is made, the higher the chance of a good
What are the treatments
for these disorders?
Treatment usually consists of dietary
restrictions, special formulas, medication,
and/or dietary supplements. Without appropriate
management, some disorders can cause severe
disability or death.
Is it too late to conduct
the test if my baby is two years old?
No. You can take the test up until they
reach the age of 18.
How is the test performed?
The test is performed by pricking your
baby’s heel and collecting a few drops
of blood on a special filter paper. The
paper is allowed to dry and then sent
to the Laboratory for analysis.
What is a Retest?
If the result of your child's test is
abnormal, a repeat test or a ‘retest’
is usually required. A request for a retest
does not necessarily mean your child has
a disorder, but it is possible. If you
are asked for a retest, it is important
that you take your baby for the retest
as soon as possible.
How will I know the
results of my baby’s test?
Generally, the results are sent to the
physician directly. Please call your doctor
to obtain the results of your test. If
your child’s test shows an abnormal result,
you will be notified immediately and given
directions about what to do next. Follow
the directions of your doctor very carefully.