Preventive screening for children

Who knows about intolerances is able to prevent

Even small children may suffer from intolerances, e.g. to gluten or lactose. If not diagnosed, this may cause troubles. The preventive screening checks whether your child belongs to the high-risk group. If this is the case, the pediatrician in attendance may advise special dietary tips and recommend preventive measures.

In collaboration with gynecologists, human geneticists, and pediatricians, Vita 34 developed an analysis package especially for newborns and toddlers, supplementing and consistently continuing the medical standard tests.

Preventive screening of DNA in umbilical cord blood

Options in addition to stem cell deposit

The preventive screening includes additional DNA tests of the umbilical cord blood, which may be important to the health of your child when it grows older.
 

Screening for:

  • Lactose intolerance
  • Gluten intolerance
  • Antibiotic intolerance
  • Hemochromatosis
  • AAT deficiency

Price: one-time 390 Euro
Or in three monthly instalments of 130 Euro each

 

Preventive screening of DNA by means of saliva sample

Irrespective of stem cell deposit

DNA diagnostics helps you to find out about predispositions to selected risks and intolerances at an early stage. Symptoms often develop only later in connection with external influences.

Screenings included from age 1.5 to 4 years:

  • Lactose intolerance
  • Gluten intolerance
  • Antibiotic intolerance
  • Hemochromatosis
     

Price: one-time 360 Euro
Or in three monthly instalments of 120 Euro each

 

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  • Gluten intolerance

    • Also called gluten sensitivity or gluten-sensitive enteropathy

    Gluten is a protein composite found in the seed of cereal. The symptoms of this protein sensitivity, called celiac disease, often are digestion troubles. 95 percent of the affected persons show a specific genetic constellation, which is quickly discovered by means of the screening.

  • Lactose intolerance

    • Intolerance against milk sugar

    Milk sugar (lactose) found in milk products, is split in the small intestine by the enzyme lactase to be absorbed. In the first months of life, this enzyme is fully developed for the baby being able to digest mother’s milk. In some people, the development of lactase may reduce. Consequences are e.g. indigestion, abdominal pain, diarrhea, or vomiting.

  • Antibiotic intolerance

    • Also called drug-induced deafness
    • Belongs to the category of “drug intolerance/allergies”

    If people are accordingly genetically predisposed, even the one-time taking of certain antibiotics (aminoglycosides) may cause permanent hearing damage or even deafness. If you know the risk because of the screening test, the pediatrician may take an alternative antibiotic – and the danger is averted.

  • AAT deficiency

    • Alpha 1 antitrypsin deficiency

    If the body’s own inhibitor AAT is not available in sufficient quantities, damage to lungs and liver may be the result, if not treated. One of 2,000 children is affected by this AAT deficiency. If recognized early in our preventive screening (up to the age of 18 months), it can be balanced by means of an AAT drug. Health damage can thus be prevented in combination with other preventive measures.

  • Hemochromatosis

    • Iron overload disorder

    The so-called iron overload disorder is one of the most common genetically caused diseases. The body absorbs more iron from food than it needs. The consequence: It stores it in the organs like the liver. If diagnosed early, you can treat the disease very well and organ damage can be prevented.

Preventive screening – this is how it works

Do you want to know about predispositions early and opt for the preventive screening?

  1. Place the order by telephone, fax, or mail.
  2. After we received the order, we will send you a kit containing the necessary equipment for the collection.
  3. If you place the order together with the storage of umbilical cord blood, you do not need to do anything else – we execute the analysis automatically. If you ordered the screening retroactively, you will be sent material to take a saliva sample. Swipe the cotton swap inside of the cheek in your child’s mouth up and down a few times. Then return the swab into the tube. Send the sample postage free back to Vita 34.
  4. We will send you the test results and detailed explanations of the findings a few weeks later.

If you have any questions or want to order the preventive screening directly by telephone, please call us from Monday to Friday between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. at 0800 034 00 00.