My newborn has a bilirubin level of 9. 1. Is it a cause for concern?

Q. My newborn has a bilirubin level of 9. 1. Is it a cause for concern?

Answered by
Dr. Bhaisara Baraturam Bhagrati
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Dec 31, 2017 and last reviewed on: Oct 18, 2022

Hello doctor,

My baby is 48 hours old now. Her bilirubin level is 9.1 mg/dL. Is it a cause for concern?

Thank you.



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I will need more details to analyze the report.

1. What was the birth weight?

2. What is the blood group of the mother and baby?

Usually, for a full-term baby with a birth weight of more than 3 kg, the mother's blood is not Rh negative or O Rh negative; it is considered normal. But, the baby needs observation. Risks for bilirubin high or in increasing trend are:

1. Poor breastfeeding. Make sure the mother is feeding well.

2. Mother blood group Rh negative or ABO incompatibility.

3. Preterm and low birth weight babies.

4. Bleed or birth trauma to the baby.

If these things are taken care of, you should not worry. But yes, for sure needs observation by doing blood tests for bilirubin and treatment like phototherapy. Let me know after 72 hours what the bilirubin count is. Meanwhile, continue breastfeeding.

Thank you.

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