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Update on guidelines for the management of neonatal hyperbilirubinemia

Guideline updated for managing hyperbilirubinemia in newborns

in the revised clinical practice guidelines published by the American Academy of Pediatrics and published online August 5 in Pediatrics, Updated recommendations for the management of neonatal hyperbilirubinemia beyond 35 weeks of gestation.

In updated guidelines, Alex R. Kemper, MD, MPH, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus, Ohio, and his Colleagues point out that infants should have direct antiglobulin testing, and if maternal antibody screening is positive or unknown, the infant’s blood type should be determined as soon as possible. Oral supplemental water or dextrose water is not recommended to prevent hyperbilirubinemia or reduce bilirubin concentrations. All infants should be visually assessed for jaundice at least every 12 hours after delivery and before discharge. For infants noticing jaundice

“kernicterus is rare but can be devastating for children and their families Yes,” Kemper said in a statement. “This guideline provides clinicians, birthing centers and hospitals with strategies for preventing worst-case scenarios, and helps educate families about the signs of jaundice and when to follow up with their pediatrician.”


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