Information for Parents
Newborn Screening in Vermont

Infant with MotherAll babies born in Vermont have the opportunity to receive a newborn screening test to check for rare but serious diseases which may not be apparent at birth.

Each year, millions of babies in the U.S. are routinely screened. They are also tested for hearing loss prior to discharge from a hospital or birthing center. Early detection, diagnosis, and intervention can prevent death or disability, and can enable children to live full, healthy lives.

Here you will find information about newborn screening, including frequently asked questions, resources for parents and health care providers, and information about the variety of programs which support families.

If you have questions about your baby's health, please contact your health care provider.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Newborn Screening?

Newborn screening identifies conditions that can affect a child's long-term health or survival. Early detection, diagnosis, and intervention can prevent death or disability and enable children to reach their full potential.

Each year, millions of babies in the U.S. are routinely screened and are also tested for hearing loss prior to discharge from a hospital or birthing center. Screening is also available for babies born at home.

Why does my baby need newborn screening tests?

How will my baby be tested?

How will I get the test results?

Why do some babies need to be retested?

How are disorders treated?

Sometimes babies are found to have one of the rare disorders for which Vermont screens. If that happens, you and your baby's health care provider will be referred to a team of specialists.

These specialists will recommend a treatment plan, which may include a special diet, medication, or other types of treatment. They will work closely with your baby's health care provider.

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Resources for Parents

Video: Newborn Screening Saves Babies.....One Foot at a Time

Produced by the Save Babies Through Screening Foundation, this video features parents sharing their experiences about the newborn screening and follow up process.

Vermont Department of Health

Brochures

Genetics & Newborn Screening

More Information

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