What is Newborn Metabolic Screening?

What is Newborn Screening

It is a screening for every newborn for many harmful or potentially fatal metabolic disorders (also known as inborn errors of metabolism, or IEMs for short) that are not apparent at birth. An inborn error of metabolism (IEM) is a rare genetic disorder where the affected baby lacks certain enzymes that maintain normal bodily metabolic function, causing the build-up of toxic substances or deficiency of critical substances required for development.

Screening your newborn will facilitate early treatment and prevent long term detrimental effects to your baby’s health.