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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.


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 healthcare provider and making decisions about testing, it is important to consider your infant's individual health situation and risk factors.

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.

AAP Schedule of Well-Child Care Visits

General Sources

American Academy of Pediatrics. 2014 Recommendations for Pediatric Preventive Health Care. Pediatrics March 2014, VOLUME 133 / ISSUE 3. Available online at Accessed October 2016.

2016 Pediatric Preventive Care Guidelines. Massachusetts Health Quality Partners. Available online through Accessed October 2016.