Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs
Newborn Blood Screening Program
Wisconsin's Newborn Screening Program strives to provide the best
service possible for infants and their families. Newborn screening began
in 1965 with testing for phenylketonuria (PKU), a rare genetic disorder.
Severe delays in brain development can be prevented if PKU is detected
and treated from birth. Currently, the program screens for 44 disorders.
In addition to screening all newborns for these disorders, the program
plays a crucial part in the care of infants who are diagnosed with these
conditions. Newborn Screening has prevented death and disability for
hundreds of Wisconsin residents since its inception.
The Newborn Screening Program, administered by the Wisconsin
Department of Health Services, has a Newborn Screening Advisory Group
whose members include health care professionals, public health
professionals and, most importantly, parents. This group's role is to
help ensure that the program succeeds in screening, diagnosing and
treating all Wisconsin newborns for a variety of preventable conditions
present at birth. Family involvement is essential to the program's