What is Newborn Screening

It is a screening for every newborn for many harmful or potentially fatal metabolic disorders (also known as inborn errors of metabolism, or IEMs for short) that are not apparent at birth.

What is an Inborn Error of Metabolism

An inborn error of metabolism is a rare genetic disorder where the affected baby lacks certain enzymes that maintain normal bodily metabolic functions, causing the build-up of toxic substances or deficiency of critical substances required for development.

Can metabolic disorders be treated?

Although metabolic disorders are rare, the early diagnosis and follow-up management of the detected metabolic condition can sometimes make a huge difference between lifelong impairment and normal development for the affected baby. The affected baby can lead a healthy life by introducing appropriate treatment, medicine and dietary restriction.*

*This does not apply to all IEMs, please consult your doctor for medical advice.