The Newborn Screening test is a simple but very important evaluation to find out whether your baby has certain medical conditions. If present, these conditions can lead to serious brain and organ damage, or may even be lethal if left untreated. Early discovery allows for early management, which can change outcomes.
The screening is performed by taking a small amount of blood from your infant’s heel. The blood sample is then sent to the State’s Newborn Screening Laboratory for testing. In Nevada, there is screening for over 30 different conditions. Two samples are required for testing. The first is collected at the hospital at around 24 to 48 hours of life. The second specimen needs to be completed when your infant is between 10-14 days old.
Collection of the second sample can be done at the hospital, laboratory, or your doctor’s office. If you choose to have the procedure done at your doctor’s office, it may not be covered by your insurance plan. If convenience is your preference, West Side Pediatrics can perform this procedure for your infant. Simply let us know during your baby’s first visit and we will review policies and procedures related to non-covered insurance plan benefits.