Parents, Hear This

Infant deafness screening crucial

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(HealthDayNews) -- New parents have lots of concerns and can be overwhelmed with having to care for a new baby.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention adds one more thing for parents to consider: their newborn's hearing.

The CDC says that about 1 in 500 babies has a hearing problem. Catching the problem early is the key to avoiding communication disabilities. So the agency says all infants should be screened within the first month of life, preferably before they go home for the first time.


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