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Kernicterus Bilirubin And Breastfeeding
NOT ABSOLUTELY: Necessary , but to monitor severity and response to treatment it is. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
Term definitions: Kernicterus is a term uses to describe the effect that occurs when bilirubin rises to toxic levels in a baby and injures brain cells.It goes through several phases leading to a variety of permanent defects. These can include a movement disorder,deafness,visual problems and others. Recognition and treatment of high bilirubin levels can prevent this if done quickly. ...Read more
Mostly not: Most of chidren who survived kernicterus-severe bilirubin toxicity-develop sensorineural hearing loss and athetoid type cerebral palsy which adversely affects coordination of fine movements. Neuronal damage in cerebral cortex often associated in kernicterus results in hampering of higher cognitive function. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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