Newborn Screening (NBS)
practice of testing every newbornfrom certain harmful disorders thatcannot be seen at birth. It is a simpleblood test, a blood sample is taken byheel-prick and sent to newbornscreening lab for analysis.
The goal of NBS is to detectdisorders that are threatening tolife or long-term health beforethey present symptoms. This isfor early treatment to reducemortality and morbidity inaffected patients.
Newborn screening isideally done on the 48thhour or at least 24 hours
after birth. Some disorders
are not detected if the test isdone earlier. The baby must
be screened again for more