Newborn Blood Spot Screening for Cystic Fibrosis
The leaflets included in this section are primarily for parents who have been informed by a specialised CF doctor or nurse following screening that their child:
(A) Is suspected of having CF (Leaflets 1 and 2)
(B) Does not have CF but is a healthy carrier of CF (Leaflet 3)
1. Increased Risk of Cystic Fibrosis: For parents who have been informed that the result of the Newborn Bloodspot (heel-prick) Test indicates their baby is at increased risk of cystic fibrosis.
2. The Sweat Test: For parents who have been informed that their child will have a sweat test to determine if the child has cystic fibrosis or not.
3. Healthy Carrier of Cystic Fibrosis: For parents who have been informed following screening that their child does not have cystic fibrosis, but is a healthy carrier of cystic fibrosis.
Background to Newborn Bloodspot ScreeningFrom 1 July 2011, newborn babies are screened for the following six conditions as part of the heelprick test:
- Cystic Fibrosis (CF)
- Pheylketonuria (PKU)
- Congenital Hypothyroidism
- Maple Syrup Urine Disease
- Classical Galactosaemia
CF Ireland have an Information for New Parents for parents whose child is diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis.
Please contact us at:
24 Lower Rathmines Road
t: +353 1 496 2433
f: +353 1 496 2201
More information on the newborn screening service can also be found on the HSE website at the following link: www.newbornscreening.ie
Last Updated 28/06/2011