Q. Is Hb level of 22 normal in newborn?

Answered by Dr. Faisal Abdul Karim Malim and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.

 

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Hi doctor,

This is regarding my friend's daughter. The baby is 7 days old. Initially, we were reported that the baby had jaundice. She was on phototherapy for two days and was declared normal. Now, her hemoglobin level is 22. Her father's Hb level is 17. Is hemoglobin level 22 normal in newborn? We are advised now to go for drips due to high Hb level. Is that a correct treatment?


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Dr. Faisal Abdul Karim Malim
MBBS., DCH
Child Health, Paediatrics

Hello,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

  • Yes, hemoglobin of 22 is definitely on the higher side. It can cause complications like hypoglycemia and sluggish blood flow to vital organs.
  • A partial exchange transfusion is required in which a small amount of blood will be withdrawn from the baby and will be replaced with fluid (saline). So, please go ahead with the procedure.

For further information consult a paediatrician online --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/paediatrician

 
 
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