Now newborns can be screened non-invasively for as many as 118 conditions at birth.
Using samples from the child's umbilical cord soon after birth and urine sample retrieved after 48 hours of baby's birth the tests reports of 118 metabolic and blood related ailments can be procured within five days.
"Newborn screening can save child from mental retardation and death. The screening is recommended by medical councils across the world and is mandatory on countries including the US, UK, Germany, Japan and Australia," said Dr James Shoemaker, associate professor, department of biochemistry and molecular biology, Saint Louis University School of Medicine, USA.
"The test is a safe, simple and a non-invasive secure service that causes no harm to the baby," said Mayura Abhaya, executive director, Lifecell international. The company which primarily banks cord blood cells is offering this test for Rs. 5,000.