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Newborn Screening Program

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Newborn screening refers to medical tests, the majority of which are genetic, performed to identify babies with certain disorders, which without intervention, may permanently impact newborns and their families. Early recognition and treatment of most of these disorders leads to a better outcome for the newborn. The Newborn Screening Program’s goal is to help affected babies live as long and normal of a life as possible.

The Newborn Screening Program effectively identifies babies with certain disorders and is required for all newborns born in New York State unless the parents confirm, in writing, that they have a religious objection.

Quick Facts about Newborn Screening:

  • A small blood sample is collected by pricking your newborn’s heel usually 24-36 hours after birth.
  • The blood is used to screen for 50 different disorders.
  • There is no charge to you for this service.
  • Most newborns will not have one of these disorders.
  • Newborns with one of these disorders may look healthy at birth, which is why the testing must be performed to find those with a disorder. The earlier treatment is started, the better the outcome is for your newborn.
  • Screening is designed to identify all newborns with the potential for one of these disorders. Further testing is then required to verify whether or not your newborn has the disorder.

We work closely with health care providers to ensure newborns with abnormal test results receive appropriate confirmatory diagnoses and treatment.

No test is perfect. If your newborn’s healthcare provider suspects there is a problem or your newborn does not seem right despite a normal newborn screening result, your newborn may need further testing.

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Program Updates

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Amendment to New York State (NYS) Public Health Law regarding testing for G6PD deficiency

Attention Providers, Hospital Staff and Parents:

See below for information regarding a new amendment to New York State (NYS) Public Health Law §2500-a and 2500-f, effective June 22, 2022 regarding testing for G6PD deficiency:

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PCP Fact Sheet

Guide to Newborn Screening for Primary Care Providers in New York State

Pediatricians and primary care providers are important stakeholders in the newborn screening system.

Understand your role and responsibilities.

Read the Primary Care Provider Fact...

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Newborn Screening Program

New Resource: Newborn Screening Coordinator Toolkit

Newborn Screening Coordinator Toolkit

Attention Newborn Screening Coordinators and Newborn Screening Designees:

The Newborn Screening Coordinator Toolkit is a new resource from the Newborn Screening Program, which delivers a comprehensive review of the newborn screening process...

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