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What is Hyperbilirubinemia?

Steve Wagner

Hyperbilirubinemia, also known as an advanced form of jaundice, is a disease most commonly found among newborn infants. While jaundice in infants is extremely common, and typically non-threatening, if it goes undiagnosed, jaundice can advance in the infant’s system and cause them to develop Kernicterus.

A few things you should know about Hyperbilirubinemia:

  • It is 100% preventable. The only time an infant develops Hyperbilirubinemia, or a resulting case of Kernicterus is if their initial jaundice goes undiagnosed and untreated.
  • Treatments for jaundice are relatively simple, and it typically clears up within a matter of days.
  • Kernicterus is the most threatening consequence of Hyperbilirubinemia, and it can cause irreversible brain damage, cerebral palsy, hearing loss, and other learning disabilities.

If your newborn child displays any of the following symptoms, don’t panic, but do seek help from your pediatrician:

  • If you notice that your baby’s skin looks yellow, particularly their arms, legs, and abdomen
  • If the whites of your baby’s eyes have a yellowish tint to them
  • If your baby becomes lethargic, slow to feed, hard to wake up, or sick
  • If your baby has diagnosed jaundice that persists for more than three weeks

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If your child suffered as a result of mis or undiagnosed jaundice that resulted in a brain injury, the infant injury and brain injury attorneys at Wagner Reese are here to assist you in your recovery. We know nothing can ever undo the suffering your family has experienced, but we can help you get out from under the financial burden that medical bills cause. Call us today at (888) 204-8440 for a free consultation.


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