The Texas Newborn Screening Test can identify babies with certain diseases
so that treatment can be started right away. Early identification and
treatment can prevent mental retardation and/or life-threatening illness.
To protect the health of all its newborns, State law requires that all
babies born in Texas have the Newborn Screening (NBS) Test before leaving
the hospital. This test screens for specific diseases in the following groups:
Chemical reactions in the body to create energy and build tissue
Hormones that affect body functions
Red blood cells that carry oxygen
Other Genetic Diseases
· Cystic Fibrosis (CF)
· Severe Combined Immunodeficiency
The newborn screening test should be done when the baby is at least 12
hours of age but before 6 days of age. The ideal time to do the test is
when the baby is between 24 and 48 hours of age. The test is simple and
safe. The NBS test will performed by a Registered Nurse caring for you
and your baby during the hospital stay.
For more information about Newborn Screening and the most current list
of diseases that can be detected through the program, visit http://cdph.ca.gov/nbs.