Being a parent means putting your child’s safety first at all times, mothers are even more worried about their child’s wellbeing as they have gone through many hardships to give birth to them. But what if even after doing all you can you’re child is still not safe? Sounds harsh but there are many potential dangers that a newborn has to fight and without proper attention, things might take a turn for the bad. What potential dangers? Dangers like health disorders that might not show any symptoms, metabolic disorders, or development-related disorders.
Since most of the time diseases that are caught in the early stages can be cured by treatment, newborn testing is suggested to every soon-to-be parent or people who are planning to have a baby. Neglecting an NBS can prove to be dangerous for the child since disorders like Inborn errors of metabolism can get inherited from a parent can hinder the baby’s ability to convert food into energy, this could cause neurological repercussions in the child or even death in some cases.
This test can be done when a baby is 1 to 2 days old and it is performed by taking a small sample of blood from the heel of the child and examining it.
What are the diseases that NBS can find?
Some of the basic diseases that can be determined are:
- Cystic Fibrosis
- Glucose 6-Phosphate Deficiency (G6PD)
- Biotinidase Deficiency
- Congenital Primary Hypothyroidism (CAH)
- Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia (CH)
The outcome of the test
The result of this screening test is then sent to a healthcare provider and the provider then informs the outcome of the result.