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Newborn Screening

Newborn screenings are required in every state. Newborn screenings are important because they can detect problems, many of which can be corrected if found early. Some states screen with one test and other states require two tests. The first test was given at the hospital before your baby came home. If you live in a state that requires two tests, the second test is done at the first well baby checkup, usually at 1 to 2 weeks of age. If you aren’t sure whether a second newborn screening test is recommended, please ask at your baby’s well baby checkup. It is also a good idea at this time to ask about immunizations for your baby, which should start at 1 to 2 months old. Ask your health care provider for an immunization schedule.


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