4 Tips About Newborn Screening Tests

Newborn screening tests vary from state to state. In a nutshell:

  1. Be informed on the subject – talk with your doctor about newborn screening tests before you give birth.
  2. You should know what tests are routinely done in your state and at the hospital you’ve chosen. Some hospitals do what the state requires, while others do additional screening tests unless you request otherwise.
  3. If you would like more tests than the state or hospital are doing, ask your doctor about supplemental testing, but know that you’ll probably have to pay for it if it’s not covered by insurance (ask what the prices are for each supplemental test so you’re not surprised).
  4. If you are concerned about what your baby was screened for, ask your child’s doctor for information about which tests were performed and whether further tests are recommended.

For more information about newborn screening tests, check out Newborn Screening Tests from KidsHealth.

The following is a list from the National Newborn Screening and Genetic Resource Center of the standard newborn screening procedures by state. For a pdf of this list, click here.

Newborn Screener: Alabama

Infants must be screened for:

Phenylketonuria (PKU), Congenital hypothyroidism, Galactosemia, Sickle cell disease, Congenital adrenal hyperplasia

Newborn Screener: Alaska

Infants must be screened for:

Phenylketonuria (PKU), Congenital hypothyroidism, Galactosemia, Maple syrup urine disease, Biotinidase deficiency, Congenital adrenal hyperplasia

Newborn Screener: Arizona

Infants must be screened for:

Phenylketonuria (PKU), Congenital hypothyroidism, Galactosemia, Maple syrup urine disease, Homocystinuria, Biotinidase deficiency, Sickle cell disease

Newborn Screener: Arkansas

Infants must be screened for:

Phenylketonuria (PKU), Congenital hypothyroidism, Galactosemia, Sickle cell disease, Hearing screening

Newborn Screener: California

Infants must be screened for:

Phenylketonuria (PKU), Congenital hypothyroidism, Galactosemia, Sickle cell disease, Hearing screening

Newborn Screener: Colorado

Infants must be screened for:

Phenylketonuria (PKU), Congenital hypothyroidism, Galactosemia, Biotinidase deficiency, Sickle cell disease, Cystic fibrosis, Hearing screening

Newborn Screener: Connecticut

Infants must be screened for:

Phenylketonuria (PKU), Congenital hypothyroidism, Galactosemia, Maple syrup urine disease, Homocystinuria, Biotinidase deficiency, Sickle cell disease, Congenital adrenal hyperplasia, Hearing screening

Newborn Screener: Delaware

Infants must be screened for:

Phenylketonuria (PKU), Congenital hypothyroidism, Galactosemia, Sickle cell disease

Newborn Screener: D.C.

Infants must be screened for:

Phenylketonuria (PKU), Congenital hypothyroidism, Galactosemia, Maple syrup urine disease, Homocystinuria, Sickle cell disease, Glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD)

Newborn Screener: Florida

Infants must be screened for:

Phenylketonuria (PKU), Congenital hypothyroidism, Galactosemia, Sickle cell disease, Congenital adrenal hyperplasia, Hearing screening

Newborn Screener: Georgia

Infants must be screened for:

Phenylketonuria (PKU), Congenital hypothyroidism, Galactosemia, Maple syrup urine disease, Homocystinuria, Sickle cell disease, Congenital adrenal hyperplasia, Tyrosinemia, Hearing screening

Newborn Screener: Hawaii

Infants must be screened for:

Phenylketonuria (PKU), Congenital hypothyroidism, Galactosemia, Maple syrup urine disease, Biotinidase deficiency, Sickle cell disease, Congenital adrenal hyperplasia, Hearing screening

Newborn Screener: Idaho

Infants must be screened for:

Phenylketonuria (PKU), Congenital hypothyroidism, Galactosemia, Maple syrup urine disease, Biotinidase deficiency

Newborn Screener: Illinois

Infants must be screened for:

Phenylketonuria (PKU), Congenital hypothyroidism, Galactosemia, Biotinidase deficiency, Sickle cell disease, Congenital adrenal hyperplasia, Hearing screening

Newborn Screener: Indiana

Infants must be screened for:

Phenylketonuria (PKU), Congenital hypothyroidism, Galactosemia, Maple syrup urine disease, Homocystinuria, Sickle cell disease, Hearing screening

Newborn Screener: Iowa

Infants must be screened for:

Phenylketonuria (PKU), Congenital hypothyroidism, Galactosemia, Sickle cell disease, Congenital adrenal hyperplasia

Newborn Screener: Kansas

Infants must be screened for:

Phenylketonuria (PKU), Congenital hypothyroidism, Galactosemia, Sickle cell disease, Hearing screening

Newborn Screener: Kentucky

Infants must be screened for:

Phenylketonuria (PKU), Congenital hypothyroidism, Galactosemia, Sickle cell disease, Hearing screening

Newborn Screener: Louisiana

Infants must be screened for:

Phenylketonuria (PKU), Congenital hypothyroidism, Biotinidase deficiency, Sickle cell disease, Hearing screening

Newborn Screener: Maine

Infants must be screened for:

Phenylketonuria (PKU), Congenital hypothyroidism, Galactosemia, Maple syrup urine disease, Homocystinuria, Biotinidase deficiency, Congenital adrenal hyperplasia, Medium-chain acyl-CoA dehydrogenase (MCAD), Hearing screening

Newborn Screener: Maryland

Infants must be screened for:

Phenylketonuria (PKU), Congenital hypothyroidism, Galactosemia, Maple syrup urine disease, Homocystinuria, Biotinidase deficiency, Sickle cell disease, Tyrosinemia, Hearing screening

Newborn Screener: Massachusetts

Infants must be screened for:

Phenylketonuria (PKU), Congenital hypothyroidism, Galactosemia, Maple syrup urine disease, Homocystinuria, Biotinidase deficiency, Sickle cell disease, Congenital adrenal hyperplasia, Toxoplasmosis, Medium-chain acyl-CoA dehydrogenase (MCAD), Hearing screening

Newborn Screener: Michigan

Infants must be screened for:

Phenylketonuria (PKU), Congenital hypothyroidism, Galactosemia, Maple syrup urine disease, Biotinidase deficiency, Sickle cell disease, Congenital adrenal hyperplasia

Newborn Screener: Mississippi

Infants must be screened for:

Phenylketonuria (PKU), Congenital hypothyroidism, Galactosemia, Sickle cell disease, Hearing screening

Newborn Screener: Minnesota

Infants must be screened for:

Phenylketonuria (PKU), Congenital hypothyroidism, Galactosemia, Sickle cell disease, Congenital adrenal hyperplasia

Newborn Screener: Missouri

Infants must be screened for:

Phenylketonuria (PKU), Congenital hypothyroidism, Galactosemia, Sickle cell disease, Hearing screening

Newborn Screener: Montana

Infants must be screened for:

Phenylketonuria (PKU), Congenital hypothyroidism, Galactosemia

Newborn Screener: Nebraska

Infants must be screened for:

Phenylketonuria (PKU), Congenital hypothyroidism, Galactosemia, Biotinidase deficiency, Sickle cell disease, Hearing screening

Newborn Screener: Nevada

Infants must be screened for:

Phenylketonuria (PKU), Congenital hypothyroidism, Galactosemia, Maple syrup urine disease, Biotinidase deficiency, Sickle cell disease

Newborn Screener: New Hampshire

Infants must be screened for:

Phenylketonuria (PKU), Congenital hypothyroidism, Galactosemia, Maple syrup urine disease, Homocystinuria, Toxoplasmosis, Hearing screening

Newborn Screener: New Jersey

Infants must be screened for:

Phenylketonuria (PKU), Congenital hypothyroidism, Galactosemia, Sickle cell disease, Hearing screening

Newborn Screener: New Mexico

Infants must be screened for:

Phenylketonuria (PKU), Congenital hypothyroidism, Galactosemia, Biotinidase deficiency, Sickle cell disease, Congenital adrenal hyperplasia

Newborn Screener: New York

Infants must be screened for:

Phenylketonuria (PKU), Congenital hypothyroidism, Galactosemia, Maple syrup urine disease, Homocystinuria, Biotinidase deficiency, Sickle cell disease, Human immunodeficiency disease (HIV), Hearing screening

Newborn Screener: North Carolina

Infants must be screened for:

Phenylketonuria (PKU), Congenital hypothyroidism, Galactosemia, Sickle cell disease, Congenital adrenal hyperplasia, Medium-chain acyl-CoA dehydrogenase (MCAD), Hearing screening

Newborn Screener: North Dakota

Infants must be screened for:

Phenylketonuria (PKU), Congenital hypothyroidism, Galactosemia, Congenital adrenal hyperplasia

Newborn Screener: Ohio

Infants must be screened for:

Phenylketonuria (PKU), Congenital hypothyroidism, Galactosemia, Homocystinuria, Sickle cell disease

Newborn Screener: Oklahoma

Infants must be screened for:

Phenylketonuria (PKU), Congenital hypothyroidism, Galactosemia, Sickle cell disease, Hearing screening

Newborn Screener: Oregon

Infants must be screened for:

Phenylketonuria (PKU), Congenital hypothyroidism, Galactosemia, Maple syrup urine disease, Biotinidase deficiency, Sickle cell disease, Hearing screening

Newborn Screener: Pennsylvania

Infants must be screened for:

Phenylketonuria (PKU), Congenital hypothyroidism, Maple syrup urine disease, Sickle cell disease

Newborn Screener: Rhode Island

Infants must be screened for:

Phenylketonuria (PKU), Congenital hypothyroidism, Galactosemia, Maple syrup urine disease, Homocystinuria, Biotinidase deficiency, Sickle cell disease, Congenital adrenal hyperplasia, Hearing screening

Newborn Screener: South Carolina

Infants must be screened for:

Phenylketonuria (PKU), Congenital hypothyroidism, Galactosemia, Hemoglobinopathy Disorders and Traits, Congenital adrenal hyperplasia, Hearing screening

Newborn Screener: South Dakota

Infants must be screened for:

Phenylketonuria (PKU), Congenital hypothyroidism, Galactosemia

Newborn Screener: Tennessee

Infants must be screened for:

Phenylketonuria (PKU), Congenital hypothyroidism, Galactosemia, Sickle cell disease

Newborn Screener: Texas

Infants must be screened for:

Phenylketonuria (PKU), Congenital hypothyroidism, Galactosemia, Sickle cell disease, Congenital adrenal hyperplasia, Hearing screening

Newborn Screener: Utah

Infants must be screened for:

Phenylketonuria (PKU), Congenital hypothyroidism, Galactosemia, Hearing screening

Newborn Screener: Vermont

Infants must be screened for:

Phenylketonuria (PKU), Congenital hypothyroidism, Galactosemia, Maple syrup urine disease, Homocystinuria, Biotinidase deficiency, Sickle cell disease

Newborn Screener: Virginia

Infants must be screened for:

Phenylketonuria (PKU), Congenital hypothyroidism, Galactosemia, Maple syrup urine disease, Homocystinuria, Biotinidase deficiency, Sickle cell disease, Hearing screening

Newborn Screener: Washington

Infants must be screened for:

Phenylketonuria (PKU), Congenital hypothyroidism, Sickle cell disease, Congenital adrenal hyperplasia

Newborn Screener: West Virginia

Infants must be screened for:

Phenylketonuria (PKU), Congenital hypothyroidism, Galactosemia, Hearing screening

Newborn Screener: Wyoming

Infants must be screened for:

Phenylketonuria (PKU), Congenital hypothyroidism, Galactosemia, Biotinidase deficiency, Sickle cell disease, Cystic fibrosis, Hearing screening


Remember…

The information provided here is not meant to be a substitute for professional medical advice. These tips are from doctors, nurses and people who have shared their real-life advice; always check with a doctor or other appropriate medical professional you trust before making any healthcare changes.