Every newborn in Tennessee is tested for genetic disorders
Before your baby leaves the hospital, a nurse or health provider draws a few drops of blood to test for certain genetic conditions. Finding these conditions early can help prevent your child from becoming sick or having problems with mental development. Visit the Tennessee Newborn Genetic Screening website for details.
If a possible condition is found
Many babies with abnormal results do not have a genetic condition. If your child has an "abnormal" screening result, he or she needs to be retested soon at a genetics clinic.
If your child has a true positive test result for a confirmed condition, our genetics clinic offers parents and children access to leading experts in genetic disorders.
Newborn screening for hearing loss
We perform special hearing tests on all babies. These tests are safe and painless. If hearing loss is confirmed, it is important to get an early start to help children communicate. See the Tennessee Newborn Hearing Screening website.
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