March 2012

There are a number of metabolic or inherited diseases that can cause mental retardation if undetected in the newborn. Fortunately these illnesses can be treated if identified early enough, and will not result in mental retardation.

We have requested that the hospital draw a blood sample for a newborn metabolic screening test (sometimes called PKU) on your infant prior to discharge. We also recommend a repeat blood test around seven days of age.

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