Newborn screening ensures your baby’s quality of life, study says
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There is no bond stronger than parents and their children. Parents even grow a deep relationship in the pregnancy stage. And when they give birth, the bond and the protection that they give to their offspring grow stronger.
And when it comes to health, they are more than willing to get the best treatments or preventive measures including making sure that their baby undergoes the New Born Screening (NBS) that doctors and other medical professionals strongly suggest to parents. However, there is always the issue on the cost of these examinations. But the benefits far outweigh the cost especially for NBS.
NBS is used to find out if the baby is at an increased risk for certain serious medical conditions. The usual technique is to draw blood by pricking the baby’s heel and sending the blood sample to a laboratory. A hearing test will also be done to ensure immediate preventive treatment once a disorder is discovered.
It is definitely a must and early detection is crucial for disorders and other medical conditions even if the family has no history of any serious medical condition. Though deemed costly, NBS prevents risk of any intellectual or physical disabilities.
In fact, there are two main advantages of NBS. One, early diagnosis and intervention can help identify potentially life-altering disorders in newborns. Studies show that 99% of all babies will have normal results, but if he or she is included in the slim 1% and they don’t get NBS, they could develop serious and lifelong complications.
But another advantage of doing NBS is reducing the family’s financial burden in the long run. Undetected medical disorders may lead to physical disabilities and even mental retardation. But if NBS is done, the cost is dramatically reduced compared to the expense of a series of tests in the future.
NBS also screens for metabolic disorder which lessens, if not obliterates, medical expenses in the future. “Our results show that newborn screening remains cost-effective after accounting for the measured loss in quality of life associated with a false positive screen,” said Lisa Prosser, Ph.D., Research Associate Professor in the Division of General Pediatrics at the University of Michigan Health System.
Meanwhile another study shows that NBS is more effective and shows increased detection for yet another major illness like Congenital Heart Disease (CHD). The study revealed that in using the Masimo SET Pulse Oximetry, a higher percentage of detection is achieved.
“CHD affects five to 10 of every 1,000 newborns, resulting in 3% of all infant mortalities. Improving early detection and treatment is critical because up to 30% of all CHD-related deaths in the first year of life are due to failure to detect the condition,” the study stated as per Biospace.
The Masimo SET Pulse Oximetry features noninvasive sensors which, instead of pricking the baby, will simply place sensors on the right or left foot. And from there, the results will be reflected in just two to five minutes.
“We have implemented pulse oximetry screening of all newborns with very positive results and believe that, based on the evidence and real-world success of CHD screening programs, physicians should advocate this approach as a standard of care in all nurseries,” Dr. Balaji Govindaswami, Chief of Neonatology and Director of the NICU at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center stated in the study.
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