What is Newborn Metabolic Screening?

Affected baby appears normal

Affected baby appears normal

Affected lacks enzymes

Affected baby lacks enzyme to breakdown milk properly

Affected baby  becomes sick

Affected baby becomes sick, with symptoms like vomiting, seizures, poor feeding, lethargy or developmental delays.

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.