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Are genetic screens of newborns mandatory?
8 doctors weighed in

2 doctors agree
In brief: No
Newborn screens are performed with every birth.
Not mandated by law but they are highly recommended as they identify inborn errors that can be treated before they cause permanent damage to your infant.

In brief: No
Newborn screens are performed with every birth.
Not mandated by law but they are highly recommended as they identify inborn errors that can be treated before they cause permanent damage to your infant.
Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Genetic ?
They do not screen the genes of babies.
State law in all 50 states have mandatory screening in licensed hospitals for a variety of disorders like PKU or low thyroid that are evident on examining the blood for abnormal levels. The genes themselves could be studied if and when needed but they are not part of the mandated state screens.

In brief: Genetic ?
They do not screen the genes of babies.
State law in all 50 states have mandatory screening in licensed hospitals for a variety of disorders like PKU or low thyroid that are evident on examining the blood for abnormal levels. The genes themselves could be studied if and when needed but they are not part of the mandated state screens.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Golder Wilson
Clinical Genetics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes-with opt out
Newborn screening includes hearing and tests for up to 60 metabolic disorders plus cystic fibrosis (expanded newborn screen).
It is legally mandated for pediatricians to perform and interpret this testing but parents can opt out.

In brief: Yes-with opt out
Newborn screening includes hearing and tests for up to 60 metabolic disorders plus cystic fibrosis (expanded newborn screen).
It is legally mandated for pediatricians to perform and interpret this testing but parents can opt out.
Dr. Golder Wilson
Dr. Golder Wilson
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
In brief: Yes. State newborn
screening laws vary in the nature of their mandates & in the number of tests covered, from 4-40.
The federal recommendation based on advice from the American College of Medical Genetics is to test for 29 hereditary &/or metabolic conditions, many of which cause Intellectual Disability & poor growth if untreated . Some states allow parents an exemption; others require a religious exemption.

In brief: Yes. State newborn
screening laws vary in the nature of their mandates & in the number of tests covered, from 4-40.
The federal recommendation based on advice from the American College of Medical Genetics is to test for 29 hereditary &/or metabolic conditions, many of which cause Intellectual Disability & poor growth if untreated . Some states allow parents an exemption; others require a religious exemption.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Dr. Johanna Fricke
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