Newborn Screening in Nebraska

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Newborn Screening and Early Hearing Detection Annual Report - 2017.pdfNewborn Screening and Early Hearing Detection Annual Report - 2017 

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 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.

View a list​​ of the 32 disorders that are screened for. 

View the “Parent’s Page” or "Additional Information" for additional information on disorders. 


Newborn Screening

301 Centennial Mall South

Lincoln NE 68509-5026
(402) 471-0374 
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 can’t 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).


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