According to state law, every baby born in Minnesota will receive newborn screening unless a parent refuses in writing. Newborn screening is a set of three tests that check babies for serious, rare disorders.
Most of these disorders can't be seen at birth but can be treated or helped if found early. That means that even if your baby seems healthy, she needs to be tested. The testes are:
To learn more about newborn screening in Minnesota, call 1-800-664-7772 or visit health.state.mn.us/newbornscreening. If your baby will not be born in Minnesota, ask your health care provider or check with that state's health department.
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