Health Screening: Finding Health Problems Early - Screening, Birth to 12 Months Newborn screening tests
All states require
newborn screening, although the tests
required vary from state to state. These tests can help find serious problems that could affect your baby's long-term health. They may include: Well-baby visits
It's important for your baby to have
regularly scheduled checkups, often called
well-baby visits, starting shortly after birth. During
these visits, the doctor examines your baby for possible problems and asks you
questions about your baby's growth and development.
At each well-baby
visit, the doctor or nurse will check your baby's:
It's also recommended that your baby have
developmental delay screening and a blood test for iron-deficiency anemia.
If the doctor is concerned that your child has been exposed to certain substances or diseases, tests may include:
For more information on important markers (milestones) of
infant growth and development, see:
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
March 12, 2014
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor.
Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this
© 1995-2014 Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.
Health Screening: Finding Health Problems Early Topics