8 THINGS EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT PKU

There is a lot to worry about and prepare for when having a new baby. From picking a new name for your baby to choosing the right diaper brand, parents are faced with many stressful decisions they will make for their new baby. ​

Luckily whether to do a newborn screening test isn’t a choice a new parent will have to make. Newborn screening tests are now required to be performed on all newborn babies but there was a time not so long ago that the screening was optional and may disorders went undiagnosed in newborns, which resulted in permanent mental disorders.  PKU is one of the many genetic disorders that is on the newborn screening. If your baby is diagnosed with PKU it can be scary as a new parent. Understanding the condition and what to expect for your baby’s life is a lot to take in. There are 8 things listed below you should know about PKU listed below:

1. Early diagnosis of PKU birth can help prevent some serious problems, such as brain damage, organ damage, and more. Therefore, it is now required that all newborns are tested at birth for PKU.

2. PKU is a genetic metabolic disorder that greatly reduces the ability of those affected tometabolize phenylalanine, one of the aminoacids in protein. People with PKU must watch all their protein intake.  They are only able to have certain levels in their blood to maintain good health.

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