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Newborn screening is a special set of tests that help identify babies who are at risk for certain conditions. A newborn baby may look healthy, but can have a serious condition that cannot be seen. These conditions can be treated if found early.
Indiana's newborn screening law requires that every baby born in Indiana be tested for 47 conditions (including sickle cell anemia, cystic fibrosis, hearing loss, and critical congenital heart disease). Newborn screening must be done before the baby leaves the hospital. Babies born at home must have newborn screening within one week of birth.
Before every baby goes home from the nursery, he or she has a small amount of blood taken from his or her heel. This is called a heelstick. The blood from the heelstick is used to test for a specific group of conditions. If anything concerning is found, the Newborn Screening Laboratory contacts the baby’s doctor.
All babies also receive a hearing test to identify possible hearing loss. This is called the Universal Newborn Hearing Screening (UNHS). For more information about UNHS or hearing loss, please click here.
Beginning in 2012, all babies born in Indiana also have a test to look for critical congenital heart disease (also called CCHD). This test is called the pulse oximetry test. For more information about pulse oximetry or CCHD, please click here.
Click here to view Indiana's newborn screening brochure.
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For a list of resources for families of children with a newborn screening condition, please click here.