Newborn Screening Program

  

 

Program Contact:

Carleigh Soule

Phone:

(307) 777-6297 

 

 

What is Newborn Screening?

When is my baby screened? 

Why should my baby get screened?

   Can I opt my baby out of the screening?

   Does my baby need the screening if there is no family history of these disorders?

How is my baby screened?

How do I find out about my baby’s screening results?

What if my baby’s screen comes back abnormal?

Where can I learn more? 


 

What is Newborn Screening?

Newborn screening is a blood test to see if your baby has a metabolic or genetic disorder.

 

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When is my baby screened?

Between 24 and 72 hours after birth. Your baby will also be screened for hearing loss.
It is also very important to have a 2nd screen done when your baby is 7-10 days old. Some conditions may take longer to show up on the screen. 

 

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Why should my baby get screened?

If your baby has a disorder, it is important to find out early.  This way, they can get treatment to avoid serious problems.

Also, Wyoming State Law (W.S.35-4-801 and W.S.35-4-802) requires that ALL newborns be screened, unless you sign a consent/waiver form to opt out of screening.

Can I opt my baby out of the screening?

Yes, although it is not recommended. Risks of not screening your baby can be serious. When test results show that a baby has a metabolic disorder, early diagnosis and treatment can make the difference between lifelong disabilities and healthy development.

To opt your baby out of screening, you must sign a consent/waiver form.

Does my baby need the screening if there is no family history of these disorders?

YES. Most children who have disorders that have been detected by newborn screening DO NOT have a family history of genetic or metabolic disorders and often seem healthy at birth.

 

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How is my baby screened?

The doctor or nurse will take a few drops of blood from your baby’s heel. It will be sent to the lab to test for many rare diseases.

 

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How do I find out about my baby’s screening results?

Results are available from your baby’s primary care provider. Their office will contact you if the screening results are abnormal. Ask about your baby’s results at his/her well child visit.

 

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What if my baby’s screen comes back abnormal?

Don’t be overly alarmed. The first screen only gives preliminary information. Your baby will need to have more precise tests done to figure out what is going on. Your primary care provider may refer your baby to a specialist.

Just because your baby's screen comes back abnormal DOES NOT mean that your baby has the disease.

 

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Where can I learn more? 

March of Dimes - the March of Dimes website has a variety of articles about newborns and newborn screening

National Newborn Screening and Genetic Resource Center - Parent page with more information about the test

 

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