Newborn Screening Awareness Month, for couples who are planning or have just become parents, is one of the most important months. In September, special attention is paid to disseminating information about vitally important tests for newborns. With these tests, doctors can detect serious diseases and start treatment in a timely manner. Parental awareness of research undoubtedly saves countless children. That is why every year in America’s hospitals, millions of newborns are tested in the first 48 hours of life.
Before 1960, screening of newborns was not mandatory. Unfortunately, this contributed to the high infant mortality rate. Doctors fought this problem with the approach that diseases are easier to cure if detected early. Thus, in 1960s America, mandatory newborn screening was introduced, and this requirement has spread to all states. Tests include a blood test, a hearing test, and a heart screening.
- In 1960, hospitals screened babies for only one disease. Today there are 60 diseases on the list, all of them rare, but curable.
- According to statistics, screening saves about 12 children every year.
- The screening is mandatory, but parents can opt out only for religious reasons.
- Newborn screening is one of the most important and beneficial health advances.
How to join Newborn Screening Awareness Month
Many medical institutions conduct research to identify diseases in newborns. Support their work financially by making a donation. You have a whole month to talk about Newborn Screening Awareness Month and you can do it in any convenient way – social networks, seminars, or online forums. If there is a doctor in your area, invite him to conduct an educational event for couples who are planning to become parents.
When is Newborn Screening Awareness Month celebrated in 2022?
Newborn Screening Awareness Month is observed on September 1 each year.