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This test measures the amount of bilirubin in your child's blood. When bilirubin levels are high, your child's skin and whites of the eyes may look yellow (jaundice). High levels in newborns are often caused by the breakdown of extra blood cells and a liver that isn't yet able to get rid of extra bilirubin very well. This sometimes needs treatment. High levels may also be caused by liver disease.
The test is used to:
In general, there's nothing you have to do before this test, unless your doctor tells you to.
The test will take a few minutes.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if your child is having problems. Ask your doctor when you can expect to have your child's test results.
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Adaptation Date: 1/24/2022
Adapted By: Alberta Health Services
Adaptation Reviewed By: Alberta Health Services
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