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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?

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

Bilirubin (Definition)

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

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What is a high bilirubin level in a newborn?

See below: Bilirubin levels in full term, healthy newborns that may require treatment serum bilirubin levels age of baby above 10 mg less than 24 hours old above 15 mg 24-48 hours old above 18 mg 49-72 hours old above 20 mg older than 72 hours good luck. ...Read more

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If bilirubin is 10 on newborn is it ok or not?

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

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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?

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 more

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What do you suggest if my newborn has bilirubin which is causing jaundice?

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 more

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The term neonatal is generally used to describe events that occur with an infant within the first 30 days after birth.Some practitioners are looser with the definition & extend the ...Read more

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