Hello my baby is 3 months old and has a 4.4 biliruben (jaundice) reading (blood test) I've been looking everywhere on the net to see if this is commun in 3 month old baby's but anything I find always points to 6 week old baby's or younger?! My doctor is really short with his explanations and from what I gather from him is that is due to me breastfeeding!? I wanted to know if anyone else had the same problem and what I can do to fix it?
I'm assuming furthur work up is in progress? If not, I would seek out another opinion, preferably from a pediatric gastroenterologist.
There are many causes of pediatric hyperbilirubinemia. Start by ruling out the serious ones.
Well my Doctor asked me to take my baby to get another blood test one week after the last one reading 4.4 to see if the biliruvin levels would go down on their own......I'm just worried, hopefully everything is okay :(
A neonate, or the neonatal period, is that time from birth to 4 weeks of age. It can be very common for newborns to have jaundice, and it isn't treated until it increases to much higher levels or is rapidly rising soon after birth.
I didn't mean to panic you. It's good that the levels are going to be rechecked in a week. They are not dangerously high by any means. But if they do not promptly come down, a search needs to be undertaken to find out WHY they are elevated. There are certain diseases/conditions that can lead to elevations of bilirubin. It can also be normal in certain races or ethnicities. At 3 months of age, I don't know how much breastfeeding would still be affecting your infant in regards to bili levels.
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