Went back to the hospital yesterday and this guy was admitted with bilirubin levels of 22.
My doctors’ office has a new service where a public health nurse can come to your house after you give birth to check on you and baby (like in call the midwife/probably common in most other countries than US). I was on the fence about it, but decided to have her come as nursing hasn’t been too swell for us.
The nurse came yesterday and thought he looked a bit jaundice, so I moved his new baby check up to yesterday instead of Monday.
Ped thought he looked just a bit jaundice too, sent us to hospital for blood labs. Lab tech didn’t think he looked bad but could see bili in his blood.
We came home. Peds office called saying his level was 22, go admit him.
After dealing with total Neanderthals at the hospital, we were sent upstairs to the maternity ward. Nobody believed his levels were that high from looking at him, and the skin test read 10.7
We waited for another blood draw and results (this time 20), and were finally admitted and Felix was put under lights.
He and I spent the night and Daniel stayed with the older kids.
I came home awhile ago and D is at the hospital still. Felix’s last blood at 4am ish was 16.8, so he is improving.
Apparently breastfeeding can inhibit bilirubin breakdown, so they had me giving him formula in addition to nursing. Which I was totally not into at all, but he did improve quickly with it. So D is doing that for a few more hours and hopefully they will be home soon.
Of course I am totally stressing that he won’t want to nurse any more after having a bottle for some hours instead.
Hopefully this is not the case at all. Daniel thinks I’m crazy.
You know what’s crazy? The pamphlet I was given about jaundice which casually mentions things such as brain damage possible when levels are over 20, and how sometimes the jaundice is not pathological and rather is caused by mother-infant blood incompatibility - which apparently was a possibility for us (ruled out, phew) based on D and my blood types.
Never a dull moment over here.