Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Newborn Screening?
Newborn screening is the process of testing newborn babies for treatable genetic, endocrinologic, metabolic and hematologic diseases. Newborn screening has been adopted by most countries around the world, though the lists of screened diseases vary widely. In general, metabolic and other inherited disorders can hinder an infant's normal physical and mental development in a variety of ways. And parents can pass along the gene for a certain disorder without even knowing that they're carriers.

Why is the Test Done?
The test is done to find out if your baby has a disease or condition for which early treatment can prevent death, mental retardation, or physical disability.

Is My Baby at Risk Even if We Have No Family History of These Disorders?
Parents who have no family history of problems and/or who have already had healthy children can still have children with these disorders. In fact, most children with these disorders come from families with no previous history of the condition.

Should I Still Ask for the Analysis if My Baby Looks Healthy?
Most babies with disorders look and act normal and seem perfectly healthy. The newborn screening test helps your doctor catch a problem with your baby before it makes him or her sick. Most babies that are diagnosed and treated early do well. The earlier the diagnosis, higher the chance of having a good prognosis.

What are the Treatments for these Disorders?
Treatment usually consists of dietary (eating) restrictions, special formulas, medication, and/or dietary supplements such as vitamins. Without appropriate management, some disorders can cause severe disability or death. It is estimated that 1 in every 1,500 babies has a disorder detectable through comprehensive newborn screening.

Is it too late to conduct the test if my baby is two years old?
No. You can take the test for your baby until your baby is 12 years old.

How is the Test Performed?
The test is performed by pricking your baby’s heel and putting a few drops of blood on a special filter paper. The paper is allowed to dry and then sent to the newborn screening laboratory where several different tests will be performed.

What is a Retest?
If the result of your child's test is abnormal, a repeat test or a "retest" is usually required. A request for a retest does not necessarily mean your child has a disorder, but it is possible. If you are asked for a retest, it is important that you take your baby for the retest as soon as possible.

How Will I Know the Results of My Baby's Test?
Generally, the results are sent to the physician directly. Please call your doctor to know the result of test. If your child’s test shows an abnormal result, you will be notified immediately and given directions about what to do next. Follow the directions of your doctor very carefully. If your child's test is abnormal, additional tests are usually necessary to verify if your child has the disorder.

Will My Baby Get the Same Test No Matter Where I Live?
The Newborn Screening test varies from country to country. Here, in the UAE, we offer newborn screening test which is capable of screening for more than 50 disorders. Some countries screen only for 30 disorders.

How Do I Order the Test?
Please call us: 04-4503875 or email us at info@easternbiotech.com to schedule an appointment.