Newborn screening is a very important test that every baby can benefit from. The testing involves a heel prick on a newborn between 24 and 48 hours after birth that can identify certain metabolic or genetic disorders that can cause serious illness, disability or death to the baby if not identified early. Newborn screening is a screening test and if there is an abnormal result, the newborn always requires further testing to confirm whether he or she has a disorder. There is a treatment available for all of the disorders that are screened, although some treatments may be lifelong.
Newborn Hearing ScreeningScreening tests using specialized equipment are conducted to identify newborn infants who are deaf or hard of hearing so appropriate intervention services can be started as soon as possible.
ND Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI)
EHDI works to provide hearing screenings to all newborns in the state before hospital discharge and to refer those identified to appropriate early intervention services. Learn more.
National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management (NCHAM)
The goal of NCHAM is to ensure that all infants and toddlers with hearing loss are identified as early as possible and provided with timely and appropriate audiological, educational, and medical intervention. Learn more.
2023 Newborn Screening Advisory Meetings:
- January 10, 2023 from 11:30am to 1:00pm CST (Microsoft Teams)
- May 3, 2023 from 10:00am to 4:00pm (Tentative In-Person Meeting to coincide with the NBS 1 Day Conference)
- July 11, 2023 from 11:30am to 1:00pm CST (Microsoft Teams)
- October 3, 2023 from 11:30am to 1:00pm CST (Microsoft Teams)