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A newborn screening typically consists of three tests that evaluate a baby’s health within the first day of life. The tests check for potentially serious health conditions. If the results reveal a problem, early treatment can minimize or prevent later health problems for the baby.
The tests include a hearing test, a blood test, and a critical congenital heart defects (CCHD) test. Your doctor will perform these at the hospital. In the case of home births, babies should receive the screening at a hospital or other medical facility within the first few days after birth.
At Dignity Health, our doctors have the experience and technology you can depend on during pregnancy, labor, delivery, and beyond. If you would like to learn more about newborn screening in Arizona, call 844.898.8079.
Newborn screening includes:
If the screening results come back in the normal range, the baby usually will not need any more testing for these conditions. If the test results are not in the normal range, the baby may need to be tested again to rule out a false positive.
Your doctor may recommend additional tests to make a diagnosis and determine a treatment plan, or may refer you and your baby to a specialist for further evaluation and treatment, if necessary.
Dignity Health provides specialized postnatal care for babies, including newborn screening, in Arizona.