Inherited genetic diseases in newborns could prove to be a major cause of worry for parents. Ideally, parents would be keen on an early detection of genetic diseases in newborns so that suitable treatment can be administered right from the outset. As a result, several screening procedures have been developed which help in detecting the presence of genetic problems in babies, as soon as they are born, or sometimes even prior to that.
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The screening process or tests can be categorised into three important groups. The first one is associated with genetic abnormalities amounting to family history, the second one detects those associated with the ethnic group to which the family belongs and lastly, the third one deduces the presence of random indicators which might signal the onset of critical illnesses in the future.
Genetic Diseases—Classifications as Per Screenings
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In certain isolated cases, both or a single parent might be tested during the course of pregnancy to detect if they carry a particular disease. Foetal fluid is also extracted in certain cases for accurate testing. Screening processes for detecting genetic diseases in newborns should be encouraged. In case your little one is carrying a life threatening strain of any disease, early detection will always make recovery much simpler.
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