Neonatal screening

Soon after babies are born a series of tests are done by health care professionals. Neonatal screening consist of a series of genetic tests or a routine physical examination to ensure that there are no visible malformations such as a hearing test in the first few weeks of life.


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The tests can tell if babies are at risk to have one of many rare but serious health problems even before there are signs of these diseases. Finding the diseases at an early stage, means that the children, in some cases, may receive treatment which can lessen or prevent harm from the diseases. Neonatal screening can provide additional information such as revealing details about the health and risks for parents and relatives of the newborns and better knowledge of the true range of the condition for doctors.

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