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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 are often caused by the breakdown of extra blood cells. This can also happen when a newborn's liver isn't able to process the bilirubin. This sometimes needs treatment. High levels may also be caused by liver disease.
The test is used to:
In general, you don't need to prepare before your child has this test.
A health professional takes a sample of your child's blood. It may be taken from the arm. In a newborn baby, blood can be taken from the heel.
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 call line 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: 5/19/2020
Adapted By: Alberta Health Services
Adaptation Reviewed By: Alberta Health Services
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