Newborn Screening in Nebraska
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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.

Even after a baby is born, there are usually no signs or symptoms so parents can’t tell whether or not their baby may have a condition… that’s why newborn screening is so helpful. It finds things you can’t necessarily see.

If a baby has one of these conditions and it’s not found early, the baby can have:

  • seizures;
  • physical disabilities;
  • mental retardation;
  • chronic illness;
  • or may even die.

Blood tests are needed to help find the conditions so treatment can begin early and prevent these effects. Screening is required for these conditions:

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  • Argininosuccinic Acidemia (ASA)
  • Beta-ketothiolase Deficiency (BKT)
  • Biotinidase deficiency (BIO)
  • Carnitine Uptake Defect (CUD)
  • Citrullinemia (CIT)
  • Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia  (CAH)
  • Congenital Primary Hypothyroidism (CPH)
  • Cystic Fibrosis (CF)
  • Galactosemia (GAL)
  • Glutaric Acidemia Type 1 (GA1)
  • Hemoglobinopathies (Sickle cell disease, sickle hemoglobin-C disease, and thalassemias)
  • Homocystinuria (HCY)
  • Isovaleric Acidemia (IVA)
  • Long Chain Hydroxyacyl-CoA Dehydrogenase Deficiency (LCHAD)
  • Maple Syrup Urine Disease (MSUD)
  • Medium Chain Acyl-CoA Dehydrogenase Deficiency (MCAD)
  • Methylmalonic Acidemia-Mutase (MUT)
  • Methylmalonic Acidemia (Cbl A, B)
  • Multiple Carboxylase Deficiency (MCD)
  • Phenylketonuria (PKU)
  • Propionic Acidemia (PA)
    Tyrosinemia (Tyr)
  • Trifunctional Protein Deficiency (TFP)
  • Very Long-Chain Acyl-CoA Dehydrogenase Deficiency (VLCAD)
  • 3-Hydroxy 3-Methyl Glutaric Aciduria (HMG)
  • 3-Methylcrotonyl-CoA Carboxylase  Deficiency (3-MCC)


View the “ Parent’s Page” for descriptions of the conditions screened in non-medical terms and links to other condition specific resources.


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