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what are causes of jaundice in neonatals?

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Dr. Ira Rubin
Dr. Ira Rubin answered
36 years experience Pediatrics
Jandice: Jaundice is common and occurs in about 60 percent of newborns, more so in premies. The most common cause is physiologic, meaning due to normal changes. Then infections, blood incompatible with mothers, rare blood disorders like enzyme deficiencies or liver disorders. Most important is to know the kind of jandice - direct or indirect is elevated. There are other reasons for rare indirect.
Answered on Sep 14, 2014
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Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Transition: Before the cord is clamped, the babies blood is cleansed by the mother and all factors that would trigger jaundice are handled by her mature system.At birth,this work must be done by babies liver, that had been resting.Levels rise until the liver begins to catch up with the work.There are many additional causes to jaundice, but the most common is a transition of work from mom to baby.
Answered on Aug 14, 2014

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