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What re the dangers of jaundice in an infant?

What re  the dangers of jaundice in an infant?

Kernicterus: By far, most infants with jaundice are fine and get over it without difficulty. If, however, it gets really severe, the infant can get something called kernicterus, which refers to yellow staining of the brain, and leads to severe, lifelong physical problems. That's why we as physicians check to make sure jaundice doesn't get too severe, and why we treat it when we suspect it might. ...Read more

Jaundice (Definition)

Jaundice is the accumulation in the body of bilirubin. Normally it is excreted by the liver, via the bile. For a lot of different reasons, sometimes the bilirubin can accumulate. The most common reasons are a problem with the liver or the bile duct. This can make the skin and/or the whites of the eyes turn yellow. If this occurs, see your ...Read more


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What are the symptoms of jaundice in an infant?

What are the symptoms of jaundice in an infant?

They look yellow: Jaundiced babies take on a yellowish skin tone that can be evident in the white of their eyes.They will also have some looser stools & may not feed well. ...Read more

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How to get rid of infant jaundice?

How to get rid of infant jaundice?

May need eval: About half of infants will be visibly jaundiced by 5 days of age; some of those will need hospital based treatments like phototherapy or IV hydration, most will clear without help.I would contact your babies doc & discuss the finding with his/her staff.A blood test may be needed to assess the degree of jaundice. ...Read more

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Can cardiomyopathy in mother cause severe jaundice and low hemoglobin in 19 day old infant?

Can cardiomyopathy in mother cause severe jaundice and low hemoglobin in 19 day old infant?

Not likely: It appears your child has some kind of a hemolytic process going on. You need the immediate help of a pediatric hematologist. ...Read more

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I have a hh agency(new), peds & just had first time request for light therapy for newborn jaundice infant. What complications are there?

I have a hh agency(new), peds & just had first time request for light therapy for newborn jaundice infant. What complications are there?

See below: Blue light therapy for jaundice is standard for breaking down the bilirubin that is being produced and seen in the skin and sclera. As long as the child's eyes are protected and hydration is monitored along with the bilirubin levels (by a health care professional), i fore see no complications as long as the bilirubin level is lowering and the child is not sick as well. ...Read more

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Can breastfeeding an infant or giving them breast milk prevent jaundice?

Can breastfeeding an infant or giving them breast milk prevent jaundice?

Newborn jaundice : No breast milk does not prevent newborn jaundice which will happen to most of newborn. Usually breast feeding newborns may have more jaundice than formula feeding babies. Because breast milk is the best nutrition for infants it is recommended that babies fed with breast milk. Neonatal jaundice should be followed closely and treated with photo therapy (bili light) if needed. ...Read more

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Is there anyway I can help my baby avoid jaundice?

Is there anyway I can help my baby avoid jaundice?

No: Jaundice in the newborn occurs for many reasons, most of them are harmless. It depends on the type of jaundice and duration as to whether a more serious reason exists for the jaundice. There is no way to prevent these, and only a doctor can determine the best evaluation and treatment for your baby's jaundice. ...Read more

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My baby still jaundice at 7 weeks he feeds well an poos well ?

My baby still jaundice at 7 weeks he feeds well an poos well ?

See doctor: This could be very serious. Take the child to the pediatrician or to emergency immediately. ...Read more

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If a new baby with jaundice went untreated, what would happen?

If a new baby with jaundice went untreated, what would happen?

Depends on degree &: Type of jaundice. Mild jaundice does not leave any deleterious effect. However, severe jaundice, especially hemolytic one in preterm newborn can lead to the development of kernicterus, an encephalopathy (significant brain dysfunction) secondary to bilirubin toxicity. ...Read more

Dr. Robert Rahimi
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Yellow Eyes And Skin (Definition)

Jaundice is a yellow color in the skin, mucus membranes, or eyes. The yellow pigment is from bilirubin, a byproduct of the breakdown of old red blood cells. Jaundice is also a ...Read more


Dr. Anne Larson
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Yellow Skin (Definition)

Yellow skin may be seen in jaundice, which is an increased level of bilirubin in the blood, generally caused by liver disease, gall bladder ...Read more