Resources for Parents


On May 26, 2015, the Newborn Screening Program began reporting results for 24 secondary conditions in addition to the 29 core conditions.

How do I get my baby's test results?

You can get the results from your baby’s doctor. The results are sent to the doctor from the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) laboratory in one to two weeks.

What if the test is out of range or abnormal?

If a result is out of the expected range, DSHS Newborn Screening Clinical Care Coordination will follow up with the baby’s healthcare provider to ensure that the appropriate next steps are taken. Clinic staff will contact parents.

Is more testing available?

DSHS screens for many but not all diseases your baby may have. More tests can be done. Ask your baby’s health care provider, go to find a condition, or pregnant families for more information.

Financial Assistance

Limited financial assistance is available for infants, children and adults diagnosed with an identified NBS disorder and is prioritized by need as funds are available. Qualifications: 

  • Income at or below 350% of Federal Poverty Income Level (PDF) 
  • Resident of the state of Texas
  • Not eligibility for other programs providing the same services such as:
    -Children with Special Health Care Needs (eligible if on waiting list)
    -Children’s Health Insurance program
    -CHIP Perinatal
    -Title V Genetic Services
    -Private Insurance

    Assistance Provides
Dietary Supplements (metabolic or low-protein foods) 
    Confirmatory testing, evaluation, and follow-up care 
    Reimbursement to specialists for telephone consultations

    Email NBS Benefits or call 1-800-252-8023 ext. 2983 for more information.

Additional information:

Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia (CAH)

Things to Know about Cystic Fibrosis (CF) (PDF, English/Spanish)

Cystic Fibrosis (CF) - Accredited Care Centers in Texas (PDF)

Galactosemia (GAL)

    Alpha Thalassimia Trait (PDF)
    "F, A, Other"
    Sickle Cell Disease and Sickle Cell Trait


Phenylketonuria (PKU)

Severe Combined Immunodeficiency (SCID)


Baby's First Test: The nation's newborn screening clearinghouse - Facts, advice and support for parents and professionals.

Save Babies Through Screening Foundation - A non-profit organization that advocates for comprehensive newborn screening.


DSHS Newborn Screening Newsletter

The Sickle Cell "Rapper" (PDF) - Spring/Summer 2012 Newsletter, Christus Santa Rosa Children's Hospital, San Antonio

External links to other sites are intended to be informational and do not have the endorsement of the Texas Department of State Health Services. These sites may not be accessible to persons with visual impairment.

Last updated May 28, 2015