What is Newborn Screening?

Newborn screening is recognized nationally as an essential preventive public health measure.

California requires that every newborn be screened for a variety of metabolic, endocrine, hemoglobin, immunodeficiency and lysosomal storage disorders in addition to other genetic diseases. For a complete list of the disorders California screens, please refer to the CA Newborn Screening website: www.cdph.ca.gov/nbs

Rady Children’s has been designated by the California Department of Public Health, Genetic Disease Screening Program as an Area Service Center. This Area Service Center serves San Diego, Imperial, Orange and Riverside counties. It is one of seven Area Service Centers in California.

Newborn Screening Area Service Centers follow up on newborn screens that are positive, early or inadequate, as well as on newborn screen results that are missing, infants whose specimens were not obtained, and infants who are born outside of a birthing facility. In addition, we provide training, consultation and technical assistance, along with referrals and education.

Watch a video on the California Newborn Screening Program (Click on the image)