Newborns to be Tested for More Conditions
Laramie, Wy – Babies born in Wyoming after July 1 will
undergo screening for more medical conditions. That's under a program administered by the Wyoming Department of Health.
Previously there has been testing for seven conditions, but will expand that to cover 28 conditions.
The manager of the Metabolic Screening Program, said that if the state can identify infants who may be threatened, they can get them early treatment. And she said that most children with problems detected by newborn screening do not have a family history of genetic or metabolic disorders, and often seem healthy at birth.
The cost of testing for the seven conditions has been 45 dollars that goes up to 70 dollars. The fees are included in what hospitals charge for delivering babies.