High Levels Of Bilirubin In The Baby’s Blood?
Tonight, my child was born on November 7, 2018 .. On November 12, 2018 Results of labor check bilirubin level total was 21.44 (direct 0.67 u0026amp; Indirek 20.80) so on this night my son began to enter the incubator then on November 16 2018 the results of labor 14. xx and the hospital allowed my child to go home on 17 November 2018 noon. So today, November 26, 2018, my child still looks yellow after checking the bilirubin results again. 14.77 r n r nMy questions r nWith the conditions as I mentioned above, whether the yellow level of my baby is still at the limit normal, if we take action by drying the baby in the morning sun and giving breast milk every 2 hours?
Hello Ansher, Thank you for the question.
Bilirubin is a yellow substance produced from the breakdown of red blood cells. Bilirubin will be metabolized in the liver, bile, small intestine, and excreted with feces. If the metabolism of bilirubin is disturbed, the bilirubin level will increase in the blood and the baby will appear yellow (in the whites of the eyes and skin), or experience jaundice. High bilirubin levels in a baby's blood can be caused by a variety of the following conditions:
baby does not get enough milk (breastfeeding jaundice)
influence of breast milk content (breastmilk jaundice)
babies have different blood types than mothers
disorders of the liver or bile
infection at birth
red blood cell abnormalities
an enzyme disorder that functions to metabolize bilirubin
The possible cause of yellow in your baby is due to breastfeeding. Bilirubin levels in your baby are still relatively high. However, this condition is not said to be abnormal. These bilirubin levels will usually gradually decrease after your baby is over 2 weeks old. If your baby still looks yellow in the next 1-2 weeks, please re-check your child to a pediatrician. The doctor will check the condition of your child and will do further tests if necessary. In the meantime, please do the following suggestions:
give your baby milk about 8-12 times a day
You can continue drying your baby, make sure your baby's eyes are closed, use a blindfold if necessary
If the baby has a fever, is weak, does not want to breastfeed, the baby looks more yellow or dark, immediately take your child to see a doctor.
I hope this helps.