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What you need to know

Newborn Screening is done for every baby born in Nebraska. A set of blood tests are done to find conditions that could be harmful to your child.

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Even after a baby is born, there are usually no signs or symptoms, so parents cannot tell whether or not their baby may have a condition. This is why newborn screening is so important. It may find something you cannot see.

If a baby has one of these conditions and it is not found early, a baby could have seizures, physical disabilities, developmental disabilities, chronic illness, or may die.  

Blood tests are needed to help find the conditions so treatment can begin early and prevent these effects.

Disclaimer Statement

The screening tests are very efficient and give newborns the best chance to have the conditions found early. The tests are not diagnostic. They are a "screen" to find newborns that need more testing to see if they have certain conditions. However, like most lab tests, they cannot guarantee that every affected newborn will be identified, or that only newborns at higher risk of being affected will be found. There will be some "false positives" (newborns with a positive or abnormal screen result who are later found to have normal results), and there might be "false negatives" (affected newborns whose screening test results did not suggest a condition). 

  

Newborn Screening
Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services
Phone Number
(402) 471-6733
Fax Number
(402) 471-1863
Mailing Address
P.O. Box 95026, Lincoln, Nebraska 68509-5026

Julie Luedtke 
Contact for information about program planning, evaluation and management, professional and patient education materials, metabolic foods, and advisory committee
Phone Number
(402) 471-6733

 Krystal Baumert
Contact for information about metabolic and endocrine conditions, transfusions, lysosomal storage diseases
Phone Number
(402) 471-0374

Karen Eveans 
Contact for information about hemoglobinopathies, cystic fibrosis, SCID, and X-ALD 
Phone Number
(402) 471-6558

Sarah Seberger
Contact for information about drawn early and unsatisfactory specimens, hospital QA monitoring, and out of hospital births
Phone Number
(402) 471-6759

 Mamie Lush
Patient educational materials, advisory committee, staff support
Phone Number
(402) 471-9731