Newborn Screenings Help Prevent a Lifetime of Problems

March 9, 2009

Indiana has one of the most comprehensive newborn screening programs in this region. “Infant screenings are an extremely important part of the care we provide,” explained Jeff Whitesel, MA, MT, SBB, SH, Floyd
Memorial Laboratory director. “They can detect serious developmental, genetic and metabolic disorders before symptoms become obvious and, in many cases, while action can still be taken to prevent lifelong problems.
Testing is simple and requires only a few drops of blood from the baby’s heel.” Newborns also receive a hearing
screening. Children begin learning speech and language within the first six months. When parents are aware of a hearing impairment, they can take action to help the child. Those with hearing difficulties who get   intervention very early in life tend to develop better communication skills than those who do not.