What is NewBorn Screening?

Newborn Screening (NBS) is a simple procedure to find out if your baby has a congenital metabolic disorder that may lead to mental retardation and even death if left untreated.

The goal of newborn screening is to give all newborns a chance to live a normal life. It provides the opportunity for early treatment of diseases that are diagnosed before symptoms appear. Included in the panel of disorders under the Philippine Newborn Screening Program are: Congenital Hypothyroidism (CH), Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia (CAH), Glucose-6-Phosphate Dehydrogenase (G6PD) Deficiency, Galactosemia (Gal) and Phenylketonuria (PKU).

G6PD Deficiency

G6PD deficiency is known as Glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency which is the most common “inborn metabolic disorder” in the world. This simply means that from the time a baby is born, there already is something with the baby on how his body makes and breaks important substances. As according to statistics, there are about 400 million people who have G6PD deficiency and the most common place it is found is in Africa, Southeast Asia and the Middle East.

Babies who has this kind of deficiency have very little or no enzyme which is called Glucose-6-Phosphate Dehydrogenase. The enzyme of G6PD is important to red blood cells, when there is a lacking of this type of enzyme or it is missing then red blood cells are easily destroyed.

Tips for individuals with G6PD:

1. If you have a cough, cold or other bacterial, or viral infections, make sure to inform your doctor that you have a G6PD.

2. If you have ingested or were also exposed to any kind of medication and your urine became tea in color, you have to inform your physician immediately.

3. If you have a yellowish discoloration in your skin, sclera or any part of your body, consult your physician immediately.

4. Avoid ingestion of or exposure to the following food, drugs and chemicals.

Foods to be avoided:

Fava Beans - Dingdong nuts, Mr. Bean
Legumes - Habitswelas, Garbanzos, Kadyos or Black Beans, Monggo
Soya Food - Taho, Tofu or Tokwa, Soy Sauce
Tonic Water
Bitter Melon or Ampalaya

Herbs to be avoided:

Cattle gallstone bezoar
Honeysuckle flower
Chimonanathus flower
100% Pearl powder
Acalypha indica

Chemicals to be avoided:

Methylene Blue
Toluidine Blue

Aniline Eyes





Alaxan Gel



Broncho Rub White

Efficascent Oil

Listerine mouthwash

Listerine Pocketpacks


Megascent Oil

Mentopas Medicated Plaster


Omega Pain Killer




Transpulmin Balsam


Friedrich said...

could you place the common names of the herbs? thanks

rj18 said...

please always post the latest food,drinks,herbs and drugs that must be avoided with...

How is Newborn Screening done?

How is Newborn Screening done?