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Infant readmission was related to early discharge, young gestational age, and breast feeding

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Question Is a newborn infant's age at discharge associated with hospital readmission for hyperbilirubinaemia?


Case control study.


A large community hospital associated with a university in Detroit, Michigan, USA.


In a 6 year period, 127 newborn infants were readmitted to hospital because of hyperbilirubinaemia within 14 days of discharge from the well baby nursery. Control participants were 127 infants discharged in the same year who were not readmitted.

Assessment of risk factors

Maternal type 1 diabetes mellitus, maternal smoking, gestational age at birth (≤36, 36–37, >37–38, >38–39, >39–<40, and ≥40 wk), jaundice before discharge, breast feeding status, male sex, rupture of membranes ≥18 hours before birth, …

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  • Source of funding: no external funding.

  • For correspondence: Dr M J Maisels, Department of Pediatrics, William Beaumont Hospital, 3601 W 13 Mile Road, Royal Oak, MI 48073–6769, USA. Fax +1 248 551 5998.