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Newborn and Infant Care

Bilirubin level

07/22/2008

Question:

What is normal bilirubin level in newborn

Answer:

That depends on many factors. Typically, a bilirubin level below 12 is considered "normal." However, there are many factors that must be taken into account when determining if a bilirubin level is "normal". The most important factors being the gestational age of the baby and age at the time of the laboratory value. A younger baby has a lower normal bilirubin than a term infant does. In addition, the infant's age is a factor. If the bilirubin is elevated during the first 24 hours of life, it is of greater concern than if the infant is a few days old. The best thing for you to do is talk with your child's health care provider who is aware of your child's history.

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Response by:

Tina   Weitkamp, RNC, MSN Tina Weitkamp, RNC, MSN
Associate Professor of Clinical Nursing
College of Nursing
University of Cincinnati