Early Check is a voluntary study that provides free health tests to new babies.
The Early Check test can find babies with rare health problems before the symptoms show up.
When babies are born in North Carolina, they get a heel prick to test for certain health conditions. This is called regular newborn screening. Early Check is a research study that offers two extra tests for fragile x syndrome and spinal muscular atrophy. These are rare but serious health conditions.
Why should you join?
Knowledge is power. Taking part in Early Check can help you know whether your baby has either of these health conditions. In the rare case that your baby has a condition, the sooner you know, the better.
The tests are free and painless. The Early Check tests don't require any extra blood to be drawn from your baby. They use blood that is already taken through a standard heel prick after birth. You can sign up for Early Check online without a doctor.
You can make a difference. By taking part in Early Check, you’ll help us find treatments for these rare health conditions and improve the lives of babies everywhere.