Newborn screenings refer to a panel of tests that are conducted either before you leave the hospital with your infant, or in their second or third day of life (if you have a home birth). These tests are important, as they can help determine if your child has a pre-existing condition, enabling you to start treatment as quickly as possible.
Several of these tests are required by the state of North Carolina, and can be performed through a single needle prick in your baby’s heel. They include:
- Cystic fibrosis
- Phenylketonuria (and other similar metabolic disorders)
- Biotinidase deficiency
- Congenital hypothyroidism (CH)
- Sickle cell (and other hemoglobinopathy diseases)
- Congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH)
The state of North Carolina also requires that hospitals screen newborns for congenital heart defects. This is a separate test that requires the use of specialized sensors to get a clearer picture of your baby’s heart.
Treating Endocrine, Genetic & Metabolic Disorders at Western Wake Pediatrics
If your child’s newborn screening or congenital heart defect test comes back with abnormal results, the help you need is available at Western Wake Pediatrics. While this may be a scary time as a new parent, it’s important that your child receives as much care as possible early on to help battle their condition.
Western Wake Pediatrics offers services to treat metabolic, endocrine and genetic disorders in Cary, NC, serving patients ranging from infants to young adults. Don’t wait any longer to get your child the help they need. Reach out to us online or call Western Wake Pediatrics today at 919-859-9991.