Common questions

What is the newborn blood spot screening test?
It is a simple and safe blood test that looks to see if your baby has any rare, but serious diseases.
Why does my baby need the test?
Newborn babies can look healthy, but screening test helps babies for conditions early so they can get medical treatment before they get sick.
Who is tested?
State law requires all babies born in Colorado to have a newborn blood spot screening test. Parents have the right to refuse the screening but should keep in mind that it is safe and simple, and one of the most important things they can do to protect their baby's health.
Who pays for the testing?
Insurance or Medicaid pays for the test.
When will my baby be tested?
Your baby will be tested twice:
  • Your newborn must be tested before he or she is two days old.
  • All babies get a second newborn screening test when they are 1 to 2 weeks old.
Why are babies tested two times?
The second test is for your baby's safety and can find a condition that may have been missed on the first screening.
How is the test done?
A few drops of blood are taken from your baby's heel and put on a special paper. The paper is sent to our laboratory for testing.
How do I get my baby's results?
Our laboratory will give the results of your baby's test to the hospital, your baby's doctor or your midwife.It will take about two weeks for the results to be reported.However, if the results are "not normal,” your baby's doctor or your midwife will be notified by phone immediately.
What if my baby's test results are not normal?
If your baby's newborn blood spot screening test results are not normal, your baby will need additional testing.
Many healthy babies have screening results that are not normal.Your midwife or doctor will tell you how to get the testing your baby needs. Your baby might need to see a specialist. Get any additional testing your baby needs right away.
How are disorders treated?
If babies with these conditions get early and continuous treatment, most can grow and develop normally and live healthy lives.There are no cures for these conditions.
Hospital staff and your baby's doctor can answer questions you have about newborn screening, or you can contact our Health Care Program for Children With Special Needs: