Newborn Screening Laboratory

The Newborn Screening Program tests more than 110,000 dried blood spot samples per year from New Jersey’s newborns. State law requires that every baby born in the state be screened for 54 disorders that can cause serious health problems. These disorders may not be apparent at birth, but if left undetected and not treated early in life, can lead to problems that include mental retardation, disability, or even death. Babies with abnormal screening results are aggressively followed by the Newborn Screening and Genetic Services Program in Special Child Health and early Intervention Services to ensure that affected children and their families are linked with a primary care provider and the regional network of specialty care centers to receive timely and appropriate services.

Last Reviewed: 10/7/2016