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3 months baby diagnosed with enlarged liver. Is it a serious problem ?

i took my almost 3 mth old son (will be on june 1) to dr for a cold and b/c he wasn t nursing all that well. dr said he was stuffed, so turn on humidifier. he is now eating better. but during the exam, dr said he felt his liver meaning its large. so we re going for an u/s. he said not to worry or lose sleep over it b/c 20 per cent of babes this age still have large livers. Like any mother would, i researched large livers in infants and what I read makes me paranoid!!!! of course I m going to lose sleep. u/s isnt until July 7 although i m calling around to get in sooner elsewhere. Is it possible that it s nothing serious???
Asked On : Fri, 27 May 2011
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1)Liver size varies with age , so in a normal baby of 3 months age you can still feel the liver while examining the abdomen.Thats completely normal.
2)If your doctor is a pediatrician , then he might be correct when he says your baby's liver is enlarged , if not a pediatrician please get a pediatrician s consultation .
3)Get an ultrasound scan and look for liver span , usually it will be Less than or equal to 12 cms, so if the report says that the liver is large or there is hepatomegaly - then yes there is some problem and he needs further evaluation to see whats wrong with him.
4) You can get an ultrasound done immediately at many places, i do not know where you are from else i could have suggested.
5)If your kid is normal , feeding well and passing urine and stools regularly , no jaundice , then no need to worry , just get a Ultrasound .
Answered: Sat, 28 May 2011
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