Newborn Screening is a quick blood test used to identify potential genetically-inherited diseases before serious symptoms begin.[an error occurred while processing this directive]
The aim of newborn screening is to give these babies a chance to live a normal life, because early detection gives doctors the opportunity to treat diseases early.
Some of the conditions included in Newborn Screening
What's the whole point of newborn screening?
Well, babies might look normal. There's no way to tell if your baby is suffering from CH, CAH, G6PD, Gal, or PKU by simply looking at your child. By the time the actual symptoms appear, it may be too late to help your child.
Ideally, this should be done two days after birth.
How is screening done?
Newborn Screening will require a few drops of blood from your baby. Relax, they will draw if from your child's heel. The blood sample is placed on a special filter paper card, and is sent to the Newborn Screening Laboratory once it is dried.
When will the results be available?
The official results of newborn screening will be released to the hospital where the tests were done, and will be available in 4 to 8 weeks. If your baby was born in The Medical City, you may ask for the results from the attending pediatrician's clinic.
My baby tested positive for the screening... What happens now?
Try to calm down, because a positive result does not automatically mean your baby has any of the five disorders. Additional tests will still have to be done to confirm the diagnosis.
A negative screen, on the other hand, means that the result of the test is normal and your baby is not suffering from any of the disorders being screened.
(Strange... if the results will be ready in 4-8 weeks, and if additional tests will still be needed, what happens to babies suffering from CAH? What's the point of early detection then?)
Where is newborn screening available?
Newborn screening is available in participating health institutions including The Medical City and its TMC satellite clinics in: Antipolo, Cainta, Congressional, Fairview, Marikina, Pasig.
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