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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

    Last Updated: 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 information.
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