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Texas is now testing newborns for a life threatening immune disorder

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) -

Texas is now testing newborns for a life threatening immune disorder.

The screening is so new some hospitals aren't even aware it's been added to the program.

"I'm always excited when they add another test that can be added at birth," said Linda Lawson, director of Women's and Children's Services for Nacogdoches Memorial hospital.

The state health services is now screening all newborns for Severe Combined Immunodeficiency or SCID.

"If caught early, it's treatable. If not caught, it's deadly," said Lawson.

SCID is often called the bubble boy disease.

"They are not able to fight infections. They are not able to build any kind of immunities to anything. So they must be given medications to help their immune systems and keep them from getting infections and dying from those infections," said Lawson.

The additional screening doesn't mean any extra sticks for the babies. The simple heel stick is enough.

"We'll clean her off real good with alcohol and then use our little heel stick things we have and stick her and then we'll just kinda squeeze it out. We have five little circles on the piece of paper that they fill in and then once it's done, we put a band-aid on her and she's good to go," said Elizabeth Cox, R. N for Memorial Labor and Delivery.

If medical conditions are detected the hospital will be notified.

Any discovered medical attention can be addressed early to help give Texas babies the opportunity for a healthy life.

Copyright 2012 KTRE. All Rights Reserved.

The screening is so new some hospitals aren't even aware it's been added to the program.

"I'm always excited when they add another test that can be added at birth," said Linda Lawson, director of Women's and Children's Services for Nacogdoches Memorial hospital.

The state health services is now screening all newborns for Severe Combined Immunodeficiency or SCID.

"If caught early, it's treatable. If not caught, it's deadly," said Lawson.

SCID is often called the bubble boy disease.

"They are not able to fight infections. They are not able to build any kind of immunities to anything. So they must be given medications to help their immune systems and keep them from getting infections and dying from those infections," said Lawson.

The additional screening doesn't mean any extra sticks for the babies. The simple heel stick is enough.

"We'll clean her off real good with alcohol and then use our little heel stick things we have and stick her and then we'll just kinda squeeze it out. We have five little circles on the piece of paper that they fill in and then once it's done, we put a band-aid on her and she's good to go," said Elizabeth Cox, R. N for Memorial Labor and Delivery.

If medical conditions are detected the hospital will be notified.

Any discovered medical attention can be addressed early to help give Texas babies the opportunity for a healthy life.

Copyright 2012 KTRE. All Rights Reserved.

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