September is Newborn Screening Awareness Month

September is Newborn Screening Awareness Month!  #newbornscreening is very important for the early detection and the successful treatment of a variety of diseases and crucial for rare diseases detection. #2019NBS

  • There are three parts to #newbornscreening: 1) the blood test (or heel stick); 2) the hearing screen; and 3) pulse oximetry
  • #Newbornscreening began in the 1960s in USA with a screen for #PKU, but today, NBS screens babies for more than 29 conditions. 
  • In the USA, #Newbornscreening is a state public health service that screens babies for serious but treatable medical conditions. 
  • Nearly 4 million babies receive #newbornscreening each year in the USA: #2019NBS
  • Each year, about 12,500 babies are born with one of the conditions included in state #newbornscreening panels.
  • More than 1 in 300 newborns have a treatable condition through #newbornscreening.
  • Most states screen for 29 out of 35 recommended #newbornscreening conditions.
  • 1-3 of every 1,000 babies are born with some degree of #hearingloss.
  • In the UK, newborn screening comprises the heel prick blood spot test, a hearing test and physical examination to check the baby’s eyes, heart, hips and testes (boys) A small sample of blood is taken from the newborn baby, with parental consent, by a midwife, nurse or health visitor within a few days of birth. Blood samples are collected on pre-printed ‘Guthrie’ cards which are sent to a laboratory for testing for a group of rare genetic diseases.