Newborn screening, often referred to as the “PKU test,” is a simple, inexpensive blood test performed on babies in the first 48 hours after birth to look for serious and often life-threatening disorders.

Newborn screening, often referred to as the “PKU test,” is a simple, inexpensive blood test performed on babies in the first 48 hours after birth to look for serious and often life-threatening disorders.

Newborn screening, often referred to as the “PKU test,” is a simple, inexpensive blood test performed on babies in the first 48 hours after birth to look for serious and often life-threatening disorders.

Standard newborn screening consists of a small sample of blood being taken from your baby before being discharged from the hospital. The heel used to be the most common place to take the sample, so it is often called a “heel stick,” but the blood may also be drawn from the inside of the elbow. The blood should be taken around 48 hours after birth.

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