All babies born in Maryland are screened for over 50 different serious medical disorders. Most babies are born healthy. However, some babies are born with rare problems that may cause them to get sick in the first few days of life or that may cause problems as the baby gets a little older. The newborn screen looks for several conditions that can occur because a baby is not able to break down their food correctly. It also looks for problems with some of the body’s hormones (chemicals made by the body that can affect how a person grows and develops). It also identifies babies who have certain kinds of blood disorders, and other types of inherited conditions.
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