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Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Newborn and Infant Care
What is normal bilirubin level in newborn
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.
Tina Weitkamp, RNC, MSN
Associate Professor of Clinical Nursing
College of Nursing
University of Cincinnati