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How Does Phototherapy Cure Jaundice For Newborn Babies
Excrete via urine: Jaundice is a result of accumulation of bilirubin, end product of destroyed red cells. The bilirubins deposited under skin undergoes change in physical character when exposed to special light, i.e. To become water soluble. This change allows excess bilirubins deposited under skin to be excreted through urine. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Doctor's call: Jaundice phototherapy management is a doctor's decision which follows by the AAP guidelines and VK Bhutani's curve. It depends on the infant's assessment: his clinical status, underlying conditions (e.g. sepsis), inherited diseases (e.g. G6PD), gestational age (lower treatment threshold for the more premature), hours or days of infant's life, bilirubin fractions, albumin level, blood type, DAT. ...Read more
Jaundice on 3rd day bili 16.. Baby put on phototherapy .. How serious it is and long term issues associated with it.. How long can it take to cure .
BILIRUBINEMIA: Level of 16 is not too high but needs photo therapy to lower it to 10. It takes only a few days and baby will be ok. ...Read more
My son was born at 24 weeks. He's under phototherapy and his head is significantly darker than the rest of his body. Is that from the jaundice?
Reacts with light: The bilirubin in the patient's body absorbs energy in the blue range of the spectrum (420-470 nm lights are blue). As a result of absorbing this energy the bilirubin molecule is broken down and then metabolized and excreted in the urine or feces. Over time the bilirubin level will return to normal. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Neonatal Jaundice: Up to 60-65% newborns get mild jaundice, called 'physiological jaundice"; starts on day-3, resolves by 7-10 days, as long as the baby is feeding & pooping well. Many other causes- e.g. Poor feeding, blood group incompetibilities, perinatal infections, hepatitis etc. Breast milk jaundice: after 2nd week bc of a hormone in mother milk. Treatment: stop breastfeeding for 24-48 hours & restart. ...Read more
I have gilbert's syndrome ( mild case), but my baby didn't have any jaundice when he was a newborn. How can this be? I thought it was genetic?
Depends on factors.: This level needs to be monitored by your physician. High risk factors in a jaundiced infant include: *clinical jaundice first 24 hours *jaundice in the < 37 week gestation infant *male, oriental, family history of neonatal jaundice. 260 mmoles/l or greater is usually the number to consider phototherapy. Ensure weight is not substantially decreased from birth/feeding progressing. ...Read more
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