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Newborn Screening Tests

New Jersey law requires that every baby born in New Jersey be screened for many disorders that can cause serious health problems. These disorders may not be apparent at birth, but if left undetected and not treated early in life, can lead to problems that include poor growth or mental development, disability, or even death.

These Tests Could Save Your Baby’s Life: information for expectant or new parents (English) [pdf 3.8m]

Esta Prueba Puede Salvar la Vida de su Bebé: información para los futuros padres o nuevos (Español) [pdf 4.3m]

Newborn Biochemical (bloodspot) Screening: lists the conditions for which we currently screen. More...

Family Genetic Testing And Counseling: describes what services are available. More...

Newborn Hearing Screening: detects congenital hearing loss. More...

Screening for Critical Congenital Heart Defects (CCHD): detects some types of critical congenital heart defects using pulse oximetry. More...

Supplemental Screening: gives information about other newborn screening tests you may choose at your own expense.

  • SCH-7, Notice of Availability of Supplemental Newborn Screening (English)
  • SCH-7a, Aviso de Disponibilidad del Examen Suplementario para Recién Nacidos (Español)

Family Genetic Testing And Counseling: describes what services are available. More...

Retention of Newborn Screening Blood Spots: Currently, the New Jersey Department of Health securely stores all newborn screening specimens at ambient temperature and humidity for 23 years after testing. They are not used for purposes other than newborn screening without parental consent or court order.  This retention and use policy is undergoing significant revision as our State Newborn Screening Annual Review Committee has gathered a group of medical experts, advocates, and parents to review the current policy.

 


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