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North Dakota Newborn Screening Program

Newborn screening is a very important test that every baby can benefit from. The testing involves a heel prick on a newborn between 24 and 48 hours after birth that can identify certain metabolic or genetic disorders that can cause serious illness, disability or death to the baby if not identified early. Newborn screening is a screening test and if there is an abnormal result, the newborn always requires further testing to confirm whether he or she has a disorder. There is a treatment available for all of the disorders that are screened, although some treatment may be lifelong.