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Doctor insights on: Kernicterus Bilirubin And Breastfeeding

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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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Month old with high direct bilirubin? They say it's from my breastfeeding?

Month old with high direct bilirubin?  They say it's from my breastfeeding?

Maybe: It depends on how high the 'high level' is, and how healthy your baby is, better if the baby was full term, not as good if the baby is a premie. In general dr.S get worried when the level is near 20. It would be unusual for a level this high with a month old infant. There are 'baby metabolic factors' that are possible too. Have your doctor explain the evaluation process and tell you just how high. ...Read more

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Can a nursing mother with high bilirubin breast feed?

Can a nursing mother with high bilirubin breast feed?

Yes: If you are talking about your infant's high bilirubin level-the answer is yes, you may continue to nurse. Speak with your pediatrician regarding the plan for probable coordination with possible phototherapy for your infant and taking breaks to feed. If your infant is severely ill, a premie, or carring an bilirubin level > 20, your doctor may have other recommendations. ...Read more

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Is it normal for someone healthy with treated genetic hemochromatosis to have high bilirubin, ph 9, & 30mg protein in urinalysis? I'm breastfeeding.

High bilirubin worry: worrisome. Not knowing your medical history, I suggest strongly that you see your physician to determine whether you in fact have progressive hepatic fibrosis and whether your hemochromatosis was in fact successfully treated, and/or to determine the cause of your hyperbilirubinemia. ...Read more

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I am sufering from hepatitis a. My total bilirubin is 2.9. Sgot is 120. Sgpt is 280. Is it safe to breast feed? Do i will transfer the hepatitis?

I am sufering from hepatitis a. My total bilirubin is 2.9. Sgot is 120. Sgpt is 280. Is it safe to breast feed? Do i will transfer the hepatitis?

No: Physicians and scientists agree that it's safe for a mother infected with viral hepatitis to breastfeed her baby. Considering that the american academy of pediatrics is such a staunch advocate of breastfeeding, this will be good news to many who are worried. In fact, they promote breastfeeding as the best possible way for good health and development. ...Read more

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My doc. says my 3 days old girl has signs of Jaundice & kept under some kind of blue light & breastfeeding. bilirubin level is 16..should i worry?

Reason for jaundice?: This would make the big difference. Since we know that physiologic jaundice will increase the total load up to day number 5 on a full term baby. It is a good idea to keep the baby until bilirubin stops climbing under phototherapy. If the baby is acting healthy and eating good and having good bowel movements as long as there is no blood incompatibility seriousness goes down. ...Read more

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Is bilirubin 18mg in 2 weeks old baby abnormal/does it need phototherarapy or stop breast feeding, thanks?

Maybe (not) . . .: Check out http://www.Aafp.Org/afp/2002/0215/p599.Html for info re late onset breast milk jaundice. Typically we don't recommend stopping breast feeding but this may be one of those situations (although you still need to express milk to maintain production). Need to check bilirubin levels daily - expect rapid decrease after stop breast feeding. Then may start up again. Go see your doctor & discuss. ...Read more

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Can you reverse kernicterus?

Can you reverse kernicterus?

Kernicterus: Once the neurological symptoms and signs of kernicterus are established, then it is not revrersible. The child will have permenant neurological disabilities. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Kernicterus?

Brain damage & bili: When severe jaundice is not treated, it can cause kernicterus. This is a type of brain damage that can result from high levels of bilirubin in a baby’s blood. It can cause athetoid cerebral palsy, hearing loss, vision problems, mental retardation. ...Read more

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What are the tests for kernicterus?

Kernicterus tests: Kernicterus is a devastating chronic disabling condition characterized by the clinical tetrad of choreoathetoid cerebral palsy, central neural hearing loss, palsy of the vertical gaze, and tooth enamel hypoplasia as the result of bilirubin-induced cell toxicity. ...Read more

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Dr. Steven Griggs
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Breastfeeding (Definition)

Breastfeeding is providing nutrition to an infant using breat milk either directly by infant latching and sucking on the nipple or by feeding via bottle with expressed breast milk (when baby has difficulty suckling). Breast milk is the best milk for any baby but ...Read more


Dr. Valerie Hines
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Kernicterus (Definition)

When severe jaundice is not treated, it can cause kernicterus. This is a type of brain damage that can result from high levels of bilirubin in a baby’s blood. It can cause athetoid cerebral palsy, hearing loss, ...Read more