Bilirubins

7 Sep

Those darn bilirubins just don’t know when to quit.

Brandon and I have noticed that Rilyn’s been looking pretty yellow/orange again lately. The last time she was tested was on the 24th (August) and her levels were 15.4 which isn’t high enough to require phototherapy. Even though her doctor cleared her, I still couldn’t help being paranoid about her coloring lately and scheduled an appointment to take her in and have her looked at again. Better safe than sorry, right?

Long story short, she’s fine. YIPPEE!

Longer story short, I’m that paranoid spastic mom.

Basically they said that because she’s eating every two hours, has a poopy diaper with every feeding, pees lots, isn’t lethargic, and has surpassed her birth weight (7 pounds, 4 ounces at birth and she’s 7 pounds 8 ounces at two and half weeks old) that they’re not worried about her. She may just take a bit longer to return to her normal coloring…

OR…

..she could have whats called breast milk jaundice which is longterm jaundice in an otherwise healthy baby. They don’t know why it happens but if she has it, she’ll continue to rock that Oompa Loompa coloring until I’m done nursing her. Looks like she could be nice and tan during the upcoming winter months. Lucky duck.

I opted out of having another bilirubin test done for two reasons:
1. If I have the opportunity to NOT subject my child to pain, I’m gonna take it.
2. If I did want to do the heel prick, they’d have to run a couple other tests as well, including a cbc test (complete blood count). I have no idea what all that entails, but I’ll pass anyway.

The doctor’s reassurance that she was fine is good enough for me. I’ll take home my soothed, sleeping baby, instead of a screaming one with a bruised, bloody heel thank you very much.

Long story short, don’t be jealous that my baby’s more tan than you. She can’t help it.

Also, I’m trying to finish up her birth story so I can post it. Really, I am!

2 Responses to “Bilirubins”

  1. Tylie September 7, 2012 at 3:59 pm #

    I am so glad she is doing so great!!! And hey doesn’t every girl want a winter tan?!? Go sweet Rilyn!

    • Afton September 12, 2012 at 1:26 pm #

      Yes, she’s going to be the envy of all around her…especially her dear ol’ mom! :)

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