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Dr. James Ferguson
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My new born baby (10 Days ) have bilirubin level in 19.4. Is it normal ?

Dr. James Ferguson
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My new born baby (10 Days ) have bilirubin level in 19.4. Is it normal ?

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 more

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Dr. James Ferguson
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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?

Dr. James Ferguson
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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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?

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

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Dr. Oscar Novick
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Could you tell me what are normal test procedures for newborn babies immediatley after birth?

Dr. Oscar Novick
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Could you tell me what are normal test procedures for newborn babies immediatley after birth?

Metabolic screen: Most states require newborns to undergo a metabolic blood screen which includes things like pku , thyroid profile, or as many as 25tests depending on the state one lives in. ...Read more

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Dr. Oscar Novick
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Is it normal for newborns hands and feet to peel a few days/weeks after delivery, or is this just seen in overdue babies?

Dr. Oscar Novick
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Is it normal for newborns hands and feet to peel a few days/weeks after delivery, or is this just seen in overdue babies?

Peeling skin: Yes normal baby's skin can peel a few days to weeks after birth. This is a normal phenomenon. ...Read more

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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
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What is a high bilirubin level in a newborn?

Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
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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?

Dr. James Ferguson
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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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Dr. James Ferguson
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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?

Dr. James Ferguson
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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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Dr. Lori Semel
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What do you suggest if my newborn has bilirubin which is causing jaundice?

Dr. Lori Semel
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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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Dr. Jonathan Jassey
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My newborn has bilirubin which is causing jaundice. How is this treated?

Dr. Jonathan Jassey
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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

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