After knowing the importance of Newborn Screening (NBS), it is now necessary for us to know what the NBS result means.
Negative Result - congratulations! Your newborn is perfectly normal and healthy!
But what if it's positive?
Positive Result - this means that the baby must be returned to the hospital immediately for additional medical examination.
Why other babies need repetition of medical tests?
- the blood from the baby was obtained before 24hours of birth
- the blood sample is defective, hence, giving wrong result
-the first test shows positive problem, hence, another test is to be conducted to double-check
If its necessary to repeat the medical test, do it as early as possible!
What to do if the result is still positive?
Consult your baby to the nearest hospital or specialist for confirmatory test and for other procedures to do.
Acting immediately is important because every minute count! The baby's health is dependent on his/her parents instantaneous action. The sooner you get help, the more chance for baby's healthier future.