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Screening Tests for Infants

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Not everyone in this age group may need screening for every condition listed here. Click on the links above to read more about each condition and to determine if screening may be appropriate for you or your family member. You should discuss screening options with your health care practitioner.

Overview

Without symptoms of disease, infants generally do not need many laboratory screening tests once newborn screening tests have been performed during the first week of life.

The menu above links you to articles on the few conditions and diseases for which infants may be screened. The articles summarize recommendations from various authorities on screening tests for infants, and there is consensus in many areas, but not all. Therefore, when discussing screening with your child's health care provider and making decisions about testing, it is important to consider your infant's individual health situation and risk factors.

For more information on what happens at your infant's medical exams, see Bright Futures: Guidelines for Health Supervision of Infants, Children, and Adolescents, Pocket Guide.

You can find out more about preventive medicine and steps you can take to keep you and your family healthy by reading the companion article Wellness and Prevention in an Era of Patient Responsibility.


General Sources

Schedules for children and adolescents—United States, 2008 (policy statement). Jan 2008. Pediatrics 121(1):219-220.

Hagan JF, Shaw JS and Duncan PM, eds. Bright Futures Guidelines: Guidelines for Health Supervision of Infants, Children, and Adolescents (3rd ed.). 2008. Elk Grove Village, Ill: American Academy of Pediatrics.

Green M and Palfrey JS. Bright Futures: Guidelines for Health Supervision of Infants, Children, and Adolescents, Pocket Guide (2nd rev.). 2002. National Center for Education in Maternal and Child Health. Available online through http://www.brightfutures.org. Reaccessed 3 Dec 2007.

Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement (ICSI). Preventive services for children and adolescents. Bloomington (MN): Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement (ICSI); 2007 Oct.

Biagioli F et al. What are appropriate screening tests for infants and children? Sep 2006. Journal of Family Practice 55;9:803-808.

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