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Every baby born in Oklahoma is required to have a blood test in the first week of life. The test requires a small amount of blood to be collected from a baby’s heel.
The blood test helps to find babies with certain hidden disorders. Babies with these disorders often appear healthy at birth. This makes it difficult for doctors to know if a baby has one of the hidden disorders without a blood test.
Failure to treat a baby who has one of these disorders within the first month of life can lead to cognitive or intellectual disabilities, severe illness or death.
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