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What is Metabolic diseases and the importance of screening

Explained by Dr. Bosco Chan

 

Babies with metabolic disorders may appear healthy at first

About 1 in 1,250* newborns is born with a metabolic disorder, also known as “inborn error of metabolism”. While she may appear healthy and normal at birth, the affected newborn lacks certain enzymes to break down food (milk) properly, including breast milk.

*Cumulative incidence rate based on 106 IEMs tested by Metascreen.