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Office of Newborn Screening
Information for Parents
The Newborn Screening Story: How One Simple Test Changed Lives, Science and Health in America - published by the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL),The Newborn Screening Story covers the origins, science, importance and future of Newborn Screening.
With the right information, you can provide the best start for your baby's health. Did you know that over 90,000 babies are born in Arizona each year? Most of them are healthy but some have a rare and serious disease or hearing loss. Testing and early detection of these disorders is important for all babies. Early treatment can prevent or minimize serious symptoms like growth problems, brain damage and even death.
- Bloodspot/Heel Stick Screening
Quick answers about when and how this blood test is done.
- Hearing Screening
Learn more about the hearing test given to all newborns at their birth hospitals.
- Disorder Information
A simple heel stick (or bloodspot test) screens for 28 rare and serious disorders.
Get answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about newborn screening.