I'm not a nurse yet...not even an offical nursing student since I'm just finishing up my prerequisites...so please forgive any ignorance I may display in this message as far as terminology, phrasing, spelling
A friend of mine had her baby 2 weeks ago...she had a perfect pregnancy and an easy deliver...especially considering this was her first pregnancy...so everything's wonderful right?...well here's the question...
The baby is now jaundice...this, I understand is usual in babies...but now she has to bring him back to the emergency room because his levels were 15.7 on the bilirubin test that was taken yesterday. So, what does this mean? Any information you could provide would be great! Thanks so much!
Aug 14, '02
You're going to be a great nurse! You just got in there an looked up the info you needed. I suppose that since you are going to be a nurse, your friend is looking to you for info and support...
Hyperbilirubinemia has several causes, but is usually just treated with hydration and special lights that break down the bilirubin so that it can be excreted from the babe's body via stool and urine. 15.7 on a 2 week old isn't bad (nowhere near needing exchange transfusion) but that along with weight loss sure needs to be looked at. At the risk of "stepping in it" I have to guess: breast-fed only baby?
If you need any more info, just ask.
Last edit by nell on Aug 14, '02