Newborn screening in Pennsylvania is completed to ensure every newborn is tested for metabolic, endocrine, hemoglobin, heart disease and hearing loss. The majority of these diseases are genetic and the testing performed identifies babies with certain disorders which, without intervention, may permanently impact newborns and their families. Early recognition and treatment of most of these disorders leads to a better outcome for the newborn.
The Newborn Screening Program's goal is to eliminate or reduce mortality, morbidity and disabilities by screening and treatment of the disorders included in the Pennsylvania Newborn Screening Panel so as to help affected babies live as long and normal of a life as possible.
We work closely with health care providers to ensure newborns with abnormal test results receive appropriate confirmatory diagnoses and treatment. The Department of Health works closely with several treatment centers in the state.
No test is perfect. If your newborn's health care provider suspects there is a problem or your newborn does not seem right despite a normal newborn screening result, your newborn may need further testing.