It has been 1 month and 21 days? I should say close to 2 months…
Zara jaundice was extremely high when she is 3 weeks old. It was a lil bit disheartening as we did her follow up jaundice in Kinder Clinic. We were very upset as we felt failure as a parent as her jaundice didn’t subside. First time parents you see, and it was a rainy season. Mr sun just does not want to shine and help us. Furthermore, we were occupied with visitings and all. Somehow it was pretty hard. We felt blessed that our lil girl is strong. We decided to follow the next appointment the following week. To our surprise, it just drop a lil. When she was discharged, her jaundice was 140, then it went to 218 and subsided to 208 based on our last check up. It was pretty far for us to travel from our place to the Kinder Clinic @ Mount E Novena. Thus, we decided to just continue to check at Poly since our pd advised to do a liver test and we are just not keen to comeback there (not because of service but distance and due to work shift patterns of husband)
Liver test apparently is not something polyclinic does. What they usually do is a full blood test to check on the ratio of direct and indirect bilirubin in our daughter’s body/ result was pretty good. The jaundice level went down to 44 but somehow doctor there mentioned that the ratio is bit far too off like more than 10% of the expected amount. This, was nt clearly explained. She referred us to KKH to do the actual liver test (SIGH) and we thought the result was pretty satisfying but she said it wasn’t. I asked what were the consequences and she just brushed it off to tell us to go to the hospital.
Before our next appointment at KKH, we just don’t want our baby to just do any random blood test we went back to her pd at Kinder clinic to get further clarification. So, apparently the doctor also advised us just to make sure her liver is functioning well in case that was the main cause of the jaundice still present after baby even 41 days old. Clinically our daughter is just doing fine.
We wanted to take the 1st month jab at Poly bt were advised to make sure her jaundice s cleared before her jab. So, as a FTP we also follow the advise.
At KKH, the private clinic….
doctor reviewed and mentioned there is nothing to be worried. I make sure Zara drank well, poop and well prepared for the blood test. Apparently…it was a wasted trip. We were scolded when we tried to explain it to the doc as per advised by our PD…. he affirmed us that they got it wrong as our total jaundice level is not high. thus, the ratio was not something we ought to be worried.
he quickly discharged us from KKH. so, that is the end of our Jaundice woes….
So, lesson here is to just make sure jaundice level is just below the worried level. Then, it should be fine.
and so….we scheduled an appointment for her first month jab!(:
more of this will be shared..as i believe we know nuts about free jabs for Singaporean babies! heheee..
Anyway, I am just keeping this entry for memories sake as everything seems alien to us. Oh, Zara has shown some smiles, laughters and giggles =) priceless moments with her!
got to go now =)