Newborn Screening is the first test that gives clues on treatable Metabolic disorders. Early diagnosis can save your baby by early clinical intervention. A single drop of blood might be a life saver for the baby. A Physician cannot detect these disorders as baby will not have any symptoms. When the symptoms are already developed, it is too late to treat. Hence this test has been made mandatory in the developed countries. Now It's our turn to ensure the safety of our baby.
Newborn Screening test covers 50 treatable disorders.
Inborn Errors of Metabolism – Mainly Aminoacidopathies,Organic order disorders & Fatty acid oxidation defects.
Carbohydrate Disorders – Galactosemia is a rare genetic metabolic disorder that affects an individual's ability to metabolize the sugar galactose properly. Galactosemia follows an autosomal recessive mode of inheritance that confers a deficiency in an enzyme responsible for adequate galactose degradation.
Endocrine Disorders – Conditions causing hormonal excesses or deficiencies. Includes Hypothyroidism and Congenital Hyperthyroidism
Newborn screening is a mandatory test in over 60 countries including USA, Australia and New Zealand. These countries have an Infant Mortality Rate of less than 5 per 10,000 births. However, in India, only less than 1% of infants are screened and every year over 1.6 million babies are born with birth defects. The mortality rate in India is at an alarming 41 per 10,000 live births.