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Newborn Screening Tests by State

Newborn screening tests vary from state to state. Be informed on the subject.

Talk with your doctor about newborn screening tests before you give birth.

Know what tests are routinely done in your state and at the hospital you've chosen. Ask your child's doctor for information about which tests were performed and whether further tests are recommended.

WHN Tip: Some hospitals do what the state requires, while others do additional screening tests unless you request otherwise.

If you would like more tests than the state or hospital are doing, ask your doctor about supplemental testing, but know that you'll probably have to pay for it if it's not covered by insurance.

WHN Tip: Ask what the prices are for each supplemental test so you're not surprised.

For more information about newborn screening tests, check out Babycenter's article on Newborn Screening Tests.

The following is a list from the National Newborn Screening and Genetic Resource Center of the standard newborn screening procedures by state. Other tests may be offered but not yet required.

Alabama
Required screening: Hearing, Congenital hypothyroidism, Congenital adrenal hyperplasia, Sickle cell anemia, Sickle – C disease, S-βeta thalassemia, Biotinidase, Galactosemia (classical), cystic fibrosis, 5 fatty acid disorders, 9 organic acid disorders, 5 amino acid disorders

Alaska
Required screening: Hearing, Congenital hypothyroidism, Congenital adrenal hyperplasia, Sickle cell anemia, Sickle – C disease, S-βeta thalassemia, Biotinidase, Galactosemia (classical), cystic fibrosis, 5 fatty acid disorders, 9 organic acid disorders, 6 amino acid disorders

Arizona
Required screening: Congenital hypothyroidism, Congenital adrenal hyperplasia, Sickle cell anemia, Sickle – C disease, S-βeta thalassemia, Biotinidase, Galactosemia (classical), cystic fibrosis, 5 fatty acid disorders, 9 organic acid disorders, 6 amino acid disorders

Arkansas
Required screening: Hearing, Congenital hypothyroidism, Congenital adrenal hyperplasia, Sickle cell anemia, Sickle – C disease, S-βeta thalassemia, Biotinidase, Galactosemia (classical), cystic fibrosis, 5 fatty acid disorders, 9 organic acid disorders, 6 amino acid disorders

California
Required screening: Congenital hypothyroidism, Congenital adrenal hyperplasia, Sickle cell anemia, Sickle – C disease, S-βeta thalassemia, Biotinidase, Galactosemia (classical), cystic fibrosis, 5 fatty acid disorders, 9 organic acid disorders, 6 amino acid disorders

Colorado
Required screening: Hearing, Congenital hypothyroidism, Congenital adrenal hyperplasia, Sickle cell anemia, Sickle – C disease, S-βeta thalassemia, Biotinidase, Galactosemia (classical), cystic fibrosis, 5 fatty acid disorders, 9 organic acid disorders, 6 amino acid disorders

Connecticut
Required screening: Hearing, Congenital hypothyroidism, Congenital adrenal hyperplasia, Sickle cell anemia, Sickle – C disease, S-βeta thalassemia, Biotinidase, Galactosemia (classical), cystic fibrosis, 5 fatty acid disorders, 9 organic acid disorders, 6 amino acid disorders

D.C.
Required screening: Hearing, Congenital hypothyroidism, Congenital adrenal hyperplasia, Sickle cell anemia, Sickle – C disease, S-βeta thalassemia, Biotinidase, Galactosemia (classical), cystic fibrosis, 5 fatty acid disorders, 9 organic acid disorders, 6 amino acid disorders

Delaware
Required screening: Hearing, Congenital hypothyroidism, Congenital adrenal hyperplasia, Sickle cell anemia, Sickle – C disease, S-βeta thalassemia, Biotinidase, Galactosemia (classical), cystic fibrosis, 5 fatty acid disorders, 9 organic acid disorders, 6 amino acid disorders

Florida
Required screening: Hearing, Congenital hypothyroidism, Congenital adrenal hyperplasia, Sickle cell anemia, Sickle – C disease, S-βeta thalassemia, Biotinidase, Galactosemia (classical), cystic fibrosis, 5 fatty acid disorders, 9 organic acid disorders, 6 amino acid disorders

Georgia
Required screening: Congenital hypothyroidism, Congenital adrenal hyperplasia, Sickle cell anemia, Sickle – C disease, S-βeta thalassemia, Biotinidase, Galactosemia (classical), cystic fibrosis, 5 fatty acid disorders, 9 organic acid disorders, 6 amino acid disorders

Hawaii
Required screening: Hearing, Congenital hypothyroidism, Congenital adrenal hyperplasia, Sickle cell anemia, Sickle – C disease, S-βeta thalassemia, Biotinidase, Galactosemia (classical), cystic fibrosis, 5 fatty acid disorders, 9 organic acid disorders, 6 amino acid disorders

Idaho
Required screening: Congenital hypothyroidism, Congenital adrenal hyperplasia, Sickle cell anemia, Sickle – C disease, S-βeta thalassemia, Biotinidase, Galactosemia (classical), cystic fibrosis, 5 fatty acid disorders, 9 organic acid disorders, 6 amino acid disorders

Illinois
Required screening: Hearing, Congenital hypothyroidism, Congenital adrenal hyperplasia, Sickle cell anemia, Sickle – C disease, S-βeta thalassemia, Biotinidase, Galactosemia (classical), cystic fibrosis, 5 fatty acid disorders, 9 organic acid disorders, 6 amino acid disorders

Indiana
Required screening: Hearing, Congenital hypothyroidism, Congenital adrenal hyperplasia, Sickle cell anemia, Sickle – C disease, S-βeta thalassemia, Biotinidase, Galactosemia (classical), cystic fibrosis, 5 fatty acid disorders, 9 organic acid disorders, 6 amino acid disorders

Iowa
Required screening: Hearing, Congenital hypothyroidism, Congenital adrenal hyperplasia, Sickle cell anemia, Sickle – C disease, S-βeta thalassemia, Biotinidase, Galactosemia (classical), cystic fibrosis, 5 fatty acid disorders, 9 organic acid disorders, 6 amino acid disorders

Kansas
Required screening: Hearing, Congenital hypothyroidism, Congenital adrenal hyperplasia, Sickle cell anemia, Sickle – C disease, S-βeta thalassemia, Biotinidase, Galactosemia (classical), cystic fibrosis, 5 fatty acid disorders, 9 organic acid disorders, 6 amino acid disorders

Kentucky
Required screening: Congenital hypothyroidism, Congenital adrenal hyperplasia, Sickle cell anemia, Sickle – C disease, S-βeta thalassemia, Biotinidase, Galactosemia (classical), cystic fibrosis, 5 fatty acid disorders, 9 organic acid disorders, 6 amino acid disorders

Louisiana
Required screening: Hearing, Congenital hypothyroidism, Congenital adrenal hyperplasia, Sickle cell anemia, Sickle – C disease, S-βeta thalassemia, Biotinidase, Galactosemia (classical), cystic fibrosis, 5 fatty acid disorders, 9 organic acid disorders, 6 amino acid disorders

Maine
Required screening: Congenital hypothyroidism, Congenital adrenal hyperplasia, Sickle cell anemia, Sickle – C disease, S-βeta thalassemia, Biotinidase, Galactosemia (classical), cystic fibrosis, 5 fatty acid disorders, 9 organic acid disorders, 6 amino acid disorders

Maryland
Required screening: Hearing, Congenital hypothyroidism, Congenital adrenal hyperplasia, Sickle cell anemia, Sickle – C disease, S-βeta thalassemia, Biotinidase, Galactosemia (classical), cystic fibrosis, 5 fatty acid disorders, 9 organic acid disorders, 6 amino acid disorders

Massachusetts
Required screening: Hearing, Congenital hypothyroidism, Congenital adrenal hyperplasia, Sickle cell anemia, Sickle – C disease, S-βeta thalassemia, Biotinidase, Galactosemia (classical), cystic fibrosis, 4 fatty acid disorders, 7 organic acid disorders, 6 amino acid disorders

Michigan
Required screening: Hearing, Congenital hypothyroidism, Congenital adrenal hyperplasia, Sickle cell anemia, Sickle – C disease, S-βeta thalassemia, Biotinidase, Galactosemia (classical), cystic fibrosis, 5 fatty acid disorders, 9 organic acid disorders, 6 amino acid disorders

Minnesota
Required screening: Hearing, Congenital hypothyroidism, Congenital adrenal hyperplasia, Sickle cell anemia, Sickle – C disease, S-βeta thalassemia, Biotinidase, Galactosemia (classical), cystic fibrosis, 5 fatty acid disorders, 9 organic acid disorders, 6 amino acid disorders

Mississippi
Required screening: Hearing, Congenital hypothyroidism, Congenital adrenal hyperplasia, Sickle cell anemia, Sickle – C disease, S-βeta thalassemia, Biotinidase, Galactosemia (classical), cystic fibrosis, 5 fatty acid disorders, 9 organic acid disorders, 6 amino acid disorders

Missouri
Required screening: Hearing, Congenital hypothyroidism, Congenital adrenal hyperplasia, Sickle cell anemia, Sickle – C disease, S-βeta thalassemia, Biotinidase, Galactosemia (classical), cystic fibrosis, 5 fatty acid disorders, 9 organic acid disorders, 6 amino acid disorders

Montana
Required screening: Hearing, Congenital hypothyroidism, Congenital adrenal hyperplasia, Sickle cell anemia, Sickle – C disease, S-βeta thalassemia, Biotinidase, Galactosemia (classical), cystic fibrosis, 5 fatty acid disorders, 9 organic acid disorders, 6 amino acid disorders

Nebraska
Required screening: Congenital hypothyroidism, Congenital adrenal hyperplasia, Sickle cell anemia, Sickle – C disease, S-βeta thalassemia, Biotinidase, Galactosemia (classical), cystic fibrosis, 5 fatty acid disorders, 9 organic acid disorders, 6 amino acid disorders

Nevada
Required screening: Congenital hypothyroidism, Congenital adrenal hyperplasia, Sickle cell anemia, Sickle – C disease, S-βeta thalassemia, Biotinidase, Galactosemia (classical), cystic fibrosis, 5 fatty acid disorders, 9 organic acid disorders, 6 amino acid disorders

New Hampshire
Required screening: Congenital hypothyroidism, Congenital adrenal hyperplasia, Sickle cell anemia, Sickle – C disease, S-βeta thalassemia, Biotinidase, Galactosemia (classical), cystic fibrosis, 5 fatty acid disorders, 9 organic acid disorders, 6 amino acid disorders

New Jersey
Required screening: Hearing, Congenital hypothyroidism, Congenital adrenal hyperplasia, Sickle cell anemia, Sickle – C disease, S-βeta thalassemia, Biotinidase, Galactosemia (classical), cystic fibrosis, 5 fatty acid disorders, 9 organic acid disorders, 6 amino acid disorders

New Mexico
Required screening: Hearing, Congenital hypothyroidism, Congenital adrenal hyperplasia, Sickle cell anemia, Sickle – C disease, S-βeta thalassemia, Biotinidase, Galactosemia (classical), cystic fibrosis, 5 fatty acid disorders, 9 organic acid disorders, 6 amino acid disorders

New York
Required screening: Hearing, Congenital hypothyroidism, Congenital adrenal hyperplasia, Sickle cell anemia, Sickle – C disease, S-βeta thalassemia, Biotinidase, Galactosemia (classical), cystic fibrosis, Severe Combined Immunodeficiency, 5 fatty acid disorders, 9 organic acid disorders, 6 amino acid disorders

North Carolina
Required screening: Hearing, Congenital hypothyroidism, Congenital adrenal hyperplasia, Sickle cell anemia, Sickle – C disease, S-βeta thalassemia, Biotinidase, Galactosemia (classical), cystic fibrosis, 4 fatty acid disorders, 9 organic acid disorders, 5 amino acid disorders

North Dakota
Required screening: Congenital hypothyroidism, Congenital adrenal hyperplasia, Sickle cell anemia, Sickle – C disease, S-βeta thalassemia, Biotinidase, Galactosemia (classical), cystic fibrosis, 9 organic acid disorders, 6 amino acid disorders

Ohio
Required screening: Hearing, Congenital hypothyroidism, Congenital adrenal hyperplasia, Sickle cell anemia, Sickle – C disease, S-βeta thalassemia, Biotinidase, Galactosemia (classical), cystic fibrosis, 5 fatty acid disorders, 9 organic acid disorders, 6 amino acid disorders

Oklahoma
Required screening: Hearing, Congenital hypothyroidism, Congenital adrenal hyperplasia, Sickle cell anemia, Sickle – C disease, S-βeta thalassemia, Galactosemia (classical), cystic fibrosis, 5 fatty acid disorders, 9 organic acid disorders, 6 amino acid disorders

Oregon
Required screening: Congenital hypothyroidism, Congenital adrenal hyperplasia, Sickle cell anemia, Sickle – C disease, S-βeta thalassemia, Biotinidase, Galactosemia (classical), cystic fibrosis, 5 fatty acid disorders, 9 organic acid disorders, 6 amino acid disorders

Pennsylvania
Required screening: Hearing, Congenital hypothyroidism, Congenital adrenal hyperplasia, Sickle cell anemia, Sickle – C disease, S-βeta thalassemia, Biotinidase, Galactosemia (classical), cystic fibrosis, 5 fatty acid disorders, 9 organic acid disorders, 6 amino acid disorders

Rhode Island
Required screening: Hearing, Congenital hypothyroidism, Congenital adrenal hyperplasia, Sickle cell anemia, Sickle – C disease, S-βeta thalassemia, Biotinidase, Galactosemia (classical), cystic fibrosis, 5 fatty acid disorders, 9 organic acid disorders, 6 amino acid disorders

South Carolina
Required screening: Hearing, Congenital hypothyroidism, Congenital adrenal hyperplasia, Sickle cell anemia, Sickle – C disease, S-βeta thalassemia, Biotinidase, Galactosemia (classical), cystic fibrosis, 5 fatty acid disorders, 9 organic acid disorders, 6 amino acid disorders

South Dakota
Required screening: Congenital hypothyroidism, Congenital adrenal hyperplasia, Sickle cell anemia, Sickle – C disease, S-βeta thalassemia, Biotinidase, Galactosemia (classical), cystic fibrosis, 5 fatty acid disorders, 9 organic acid disorders, 6 amino acid disorders

Tennessee
Required screening: Hearing, Congenital hypothyroidism, Congenital adrenal hyperplasia, Sickle cell anemia, Sickle – C disease, S-βeta thalassemia, Biotinidase, Galactosemia (classical), cystic fibrosis, 5 fatty acid disorders, 9 organic acid disorders, 5 amino acid disorders

Texas
Required screening: Congenital hypothyroidism, Congenital adrenal hyperplasia, Sickle cell anemia, Sickle – C disease, S-βeta thalassemia, Biotinidase, Galactosemia (classical), cystic fibrosis, 5 fatty acid disorders, 9 organic acid disorders, 6 amino acid disorders

Utah
Required screening: Hearing, Congenital hypothyroidism, Congenital adrenal hyperplasia, Sickle cell anemia, Sickle – C disease, S-βeta thalassemia, Biotinidase, Galactosemia (classical), cystic fibrosis, 5 fatty acid disorders, 9 organic acid disorders, 6 amino acid disorders

Vermont
Required screening: Hearing, Congenital hypothyroidism, Congenital adrenal hyperplasia, Sickle cell anemia, Sickle – C disease, S-βeta thalassemia, Biotinidase, Galactosemia (classical), cystic fibrosis, 5 fatty acid disorders, 9 organic acid disorders, 6 amino acid disorders

Virginia
Required screening: Hearing, Congenital hypothyroidism, Congenital adrenal hyperplasia, Sickle cell anemia, Sickle – C disease, S-βeta thalassemia, Biotinidase, Galactosemia (classical), cystic fibrosis, 5 fatty acid disorders, 9 organic acid disorders, 6 amino acid disorders

Washington
Required screening: Congenital hypothyroidism, Congenital adrenal hyperplasia, Sickle cell anemia, Sickle – C disease, S-βeta thalassemia, Biotinidase, Galactosemia (classical), cystic fibrosis, 5 fatty acid disorders, 8 organic acid disorders, 6 amino acid disorders

West Virginia
Required screening: Hearing, Congenital hypothyroidism, Congenital adrenal hyperplasia, Sickle cell anemia, Sickle – C disease, S-βeta thalassemia, Biotinidase, Galactosemia (classical), cystic fibrosis, 5 fatty acid disorders, 9 organic acid disorders, 6 amino acid disorders

Wisconsin
Required screening: Hearing, Congenital hypothyroidism, Congenital adrenal hyperplasia, Sickle cell anemia, Sickle – C disease, S-βeta thalassemia, Biotinidase, Galactosemia (classical), cystic fibrosis, 5 fatty acid disorders, 9 organic acid disorders, 6 amino acid disorders

Wyoming
Required screening: Hearing, Congenital hypothyroidism, Congenital adrenal hyperplasia, Sickle cell anemia, Sickle – C disease, S-βeta thalassemia, Biotinidase, Galactosemia (classical), cystic fibrosis, 5 fatty acid disorders, 9 organic acid disorders, 6 amino acid disorders

Note: Additional tests for specific conditions or secondary target conditions may also be required by the state. For a complete breakdown of tests in pdf format, click here.

NOTE: The information provided here is not meant to be a substitute for professional medical advice. These tips are from doctors, nurses and people who have shared their real life advice; always check with a doctor or other appropriate medical professional you trust before making any healthcare changes.

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