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What is the minimum serum bilirubin level in neonates that requires phototherapy treatment?

Age: 0 - 5
Gastroenterology Children’s Health
DOCTOR’S ANSWER (1)

It depends on several facts:

  1. Is the baby premature?
  2. Is the baby sick with other medical conditions
  3. Does the baby have G6 PD deficiency?
  4. Is the baby on breast milk, formula, or a mix?
  5. How many days old is the baby?
  6. Does the baby have a blood group incompatibility with the mother's blood group?
  7. Is the baby on medication?
  8. Is baby feeding well? Or is the baby lethargic?


So it is not possible to base the decision on a single value, but interpreted in the context of the above factors. It is best for the baby to be seen and their condition discussed with a doctor.

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