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Why is it necessary to retest some babies?

Premature babies may have immature enzyme systems or underdeveloped thyroid function. It may be necessary to monitor the infant’s progress to ensure they reach normal levels. Unnecessary, repeat testing can be avoided by collecting blood specimens no sooner than 24 hours after birth, before a transfusion (and in less than 24 hours after birth if necessary), and following correct specimen collection procedures.


Testing for Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)

The Florida Department of Health, Newborn Screening (NBS) Program, is pleased to announce that beginning April 27, 2020, all newborns screened will be tested for a new condition, Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA). If you have any questions, please contact the