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Acceptable Bilirubin Levels In Newborns
Bilirubin is the potentially toxic product of heme metabolism. It is formed by breakdown of heme present in hemoglobin, myoglobin, cytochromes, catalase, peroxidase and tryptophan pyrrolase. Eighty percent of the daily bilirubin production comes from hemoglobin. It requires conversion to a water-soluble form before elimination from the body by ...Read more
High: This is above what is expected but not necessarily dangerous. I would want to run a few blood tests.Breast feeding and mild dehydration can elevate these numbers.If the initial screening tests were OK, I would want to watch the level closely over the next several days. The need for any other therapies would be dependent on the screening tests. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Hyperbilirubinemia: Bilirubin levels are interpreted in context with other factors such as age, previous therapy, bilirubin level trends, response to therapy and other conditions such as organ disease, immunological issues (ABO incompatability), hemolysis, etc. Please provide more specific information for a more complete answer. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Very common: After the cord is clamped, babies body must begin doing the clean up work of metabolism without mom's help via the placenta.Bilirubin is generated by red cell recycling & 1/3 or more infants will be visably jaundiced by day 3-4. A level of 10 at birth or @1d would be excessive, but by day 2-3 would be common.Depending on babies other risk factors (premi, sick), this would require no special rx. ...Read more
My newborn is 2 days old, upon birth her bilirubin was a 2, it increased to a 5, and today it is an 11. How concerned should I be?
Sounds pretty normal: When the cord is clamped, baby looses mom's help cleansing it's blood & that shows up as some expected increase in the bilirubin level in the first few days. It commonly peaks around day 3-4 & declines as the babies system speeds the process. I take notice for levels above 12-14 at 2 days but consider a 11 pretty normal. I don't hold a discharge at that level. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My newborn grandson has bilirubin of 11 from 8 also had cephaluc hematoma. He is a big baby 9'12 and 20 inches. Is there any thing to watch for?
Common lever@ 2-3d: Bilirubin levels of that order are common & unimportant at day 2-3. The cephalhematoma can boost the level & it sounds like they are already watching things.Some kids handle the metabolic work & rid themselves of this temporary buildup & some need photo-therapy lights or other treatments. Monitoring & treatment as needed prevents jaundice from becoming a problem. ...Read more
Jaundice: It depends upon the age of the newborn, whether the baby is breastfed or not, what type of bilirubin is elevated (direct or indirect) and what the level is. Neonatal jaundice can be a very common occurrence or one that signifies other things. Please clarify. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Bilirubin: This is very common to have physiologic jaundice from days 4-6 of life. The liver is immature to break down the bilirubin, which can lead to some elevated numbers which causes the jaundice. There are other risk factors that can cause jaundice as well, like a cross reactivity bt babies and your blood type, prematurity,etc. Usually time will improve it, but sometimes the baby will need phototherapy ...Read more
day 10 bilirubin total 11.31mg/dl & bilirubin direct 0.43mg/dl
day 20 bilirubin total 5.6 & bilirubin direct 1.0
should i b worried?
Causes jaundice: Bilirubin is a breakdown product of heme (found in red blood cells) metabolism. It consists of both direct (water soluble) and indirect (water insoluble) forms. In a newborn, most of the bilirubin is in the indirect form. If the level gets high, it causes neonatal jaundice. See your pediatrician if your newborn looks yellow (jaundiced) or you have concerns. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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