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Can a baby with high white blood count be normal that way, and not be infected?

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Dr. James Ferguson
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In brief: High is relative

It is known that stress releases hormonal factors that cause white cells to enter the flowing blood from their resting sites along the blood vessel wall.
Most would agree that labor and delivery incur some level of stress on baby.That factor broadens the range of "expected" white cell count at birth to 9, 000-30, 000 and 24h from 9, 400-34, 000.Other parameters must be examined to look for infection.

In brief: High is relative

It is known that stress releases hormonal factors that cause white cells to enter the flowing blood from their resting sites along the blood vessel wall.
Most would agree that labor and delivery incur some level of stress on baby.That factor broadens the range of "expected" white cell count at birth to 9, 000-30, 000 and 24h from 9, 400-34, 000.Other parameters must be examined to look for infection.
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