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Critical Congenital Heart Defect Screening added to required Kansas Newborn Screenings

from KDHE

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) Newborn Screening Program is pleased to announce that Kansas has added Critical Congenital Heart Defects (CCHD) as one of the required Kansas screenings authorized by K.S.A. 65-180(i). In the United States, a baby is born with a birth defect every 4½ minutes, about 120,000 babies each year, with approximately 1,150 cases occurring in Kansas. Birth defects are the most common cause of death in the first year of life and the second most common cause of death in children ages one to four years. CCHD are among the most common birth defects, accounting for up to 30 percent of infant deaths due to birth defects. Babies born with a CCHD may appear healthy at first and may be sent home with their families before their heart defect is detected. These babies are at risk for having serious complications within the first few days or weeks of life and often require emergency care. For more information: CCHD Screening in Kansas. more

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