Shortly after birth, your baby will have screening tests to detect a variety of congenital conditions. These tests are designed to detect problems early in order to treat them promptly, prevent disabilities, and save lives.
There is some variability between states for which tests are offered, but all states examine the baby’s blood for metabolic and genetic conditions. Newborns also have a hearing test done. A screening for critical congenital heart disease using pulse oximetry (measuring the oxygen in the infant’s blood) is now required in the hospital before newborn discharge.
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