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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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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 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

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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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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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What causes a baby to have jaundice?

What causes a baby to have jaundice?

Work backs up : Before delivery mom's body extracts all waste products from baby & allows babies organs to grow & function at minimal levels. At birth, the work switches to baby who must process & recycle hemoglobin from fetus blood so it can be used in regular blood.If there is extra bruising at delivery or a blood incompatibility, there is more work to do. The backup produces the jaundice. ...Read more

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What's the cause of being jaundice in new born baby?

What's the cause of being jaundice in new born baby?

Neonatal jaundice: Increased bilirubin in the blood. Follow your doctors advice. The condition is usually temporary. Frequent breastfeeding sessions may help. Phototherapy may be used. Good luck. ...Read more

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What to do if i suffer from anxiety, so i'm always thinking. But can having jaundice as a baby, cause health problems in the future?

What to do if i suffer from anxiety, so i'm always thinking. But can having jaundice as a baby, cause health problems in the future?

It sounds like you: Have 2 questions. 1 what to do about your anxiety ; 2 can jaundice as a baby cause problems in the future. For anxiety seek help from a psychologist. As far as i know, most infants that have jaundice recover fully with no future health problems, but ask your pediatrician. Books like dr. Spock's book on parenting ; what to expect when you have a child, may help ally your anxiety, too. ...Read more

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What causes neonatal jaundice in breastfed baby?

What causes neonatal jaundice in breastfed baby?

Depends,often normal: Mild jaundice is common & results from the baby's GI system just maturing & being able to excrete bilirubin. This happens when the liver becomes more functional during the first week or so of life. As the baby feeds, bilirubin leaves the body in the stool (hence yellow stools) & urine. If breastmilk is not yet in, more jaundice may occur. In other babies, it can be due to more serious conditions. ...Read more

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What are the causes of jaundice?

What are the causes of jaundice?

Breakdown of cells: Jaundice is caused by collection of bilirubin in the skin and conjunctivae. Bilirubin is the breakdown product of red blood cells. An excess of bilirubin may be caused by excessive breakdown of rbc, inability of the liver to either pick up, metabolize or appropriately excrete the bilirubin. There may also be obstruction to the flow of bile from the liver. ...Read more

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What are causes and symptoms of jaundice?

What are causes and symptoms of jaundice?

Yellow eyes: Jaundice is recognised by yellow eyes, pale stool and dsrk urine. Other symptoms may be related to the cause of jaundice. ...Read more

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What are the causes and symptoms of jaundice?

What are the causes and symptoms of jaundice?

One of the following: High bilirubin is what causes jaundice. Increased red cell destruction(from hemolytic anemia) makes you feel week and tired. Liver disease like hepatitis or bile obstruction due to stone or tumor can cause jaundice. Most pateints with liver disease feel weak, have loss of appetite and nausea. Pain in the right side of the abdoemn is common in such patients painless jaundice can also occur sometime. ...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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Can being jaundice as a baby have any effect on you later?

Can being jaundice as a baby have any effect on you later?

Shouldn't be: All of us have physiologic jaundice as babies to some degree.Spontaneously resolved by seven days without intervention considering no other risk factors involved. ...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)

Jaundice = yellowing of skin & eyes due ...Read more