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My daughter was jaundice. Born at 37 weeks. Exclusively breastfed. Was directed to give her sunlight therapy. Her skin became dark, like having a tan. Does this go away? After how long? She is now 4 months. Her face is lightening but her body is still dark

My daughter was jaundice. Born at 37 weeks. Exclusively breastfed. Was directed to give her sunlight therapy. Her skin became dark, like having a tan. Does this go away? After how long? She is now 4 months. Her face is lightening but her body is still dark

? unrelated?: There should really be no jaundice in any infant at 4 months or there is a problem. If you can't tell the difference in her skin & eyes now from the first week or so have her checked. If you are leaving her in the sun every day she may get a tan. This is confusing & your doc needs to get involved. ...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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My 1 month old son still have mild jaundice, doc said keep him under sun light, why its not going? Should I take him to hospital again?

My 1 month old son still have mild jaundice, doc said keep him under sun light, why its not going? Should I take him to hospital again?

Yes: This is one of those problems where a visit to your doctor is necessary to figure out what's going on. Only after a thorough evaluation, including examination and possibly labs and other tests, can your doctor correctly diagnose you and treat you effectively. ...Read more

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My Son jaundice. He is 7 weeks old. His total bilirubin was 8.3. 7.3 for indirect. 1.0 for direct. He was mostly breastfed until 3 days ago. I added more formula and have had him in indirect sun. Looks better. Hida Monday. Chances of BA?

My Son jaundice. He is 7 weeks old. His total bilirubin was 8.3. 7.3 for indirect. 1.0 for direct. He was mostly breastfed until 3 days ago. I added more formula and have had him in indirect sun. Looks better. Hida Monday. Chances of BA?

HIGH BREAST FEED: BIALRY ATRESIA USU PRESENTS BEFORE 8 WEEKS.
THE BILI IS PRETTY HIGH AND HIGHER THAN EXPECTED FOR BREAST FEEDING ONLY. I THINK BILIARY ATRESIA IS LIKELY. BE PREPARED TO TALK ABOUT LIVER TRANSPLANT IF THE HIDA SHOWS BA ...Read more

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I have jaundice?

I have jaundice?

See a doctor: You need to see a doctor to check your liver function and hepatitis. ...Read more

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What is jaundice?

What is jaundice?

Don't hide, get help: Jaundice in the setting of chronic liver disease is serious stuff. Either there has been an acute insult to an already compromised liver, or liver failure is progressing. Cholestasis associated with jaundice may mean a blocked bile duct, altered blood flow to ;/or away from the liver, or worsening liver disease. Sometimes, jaundice is due to relatively benign conditions like gilbert's syndrome. ...Read more

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What is jaundice?

What is jaundice?

Buildup of bilirubin: Bilirubin is a bile pigment produced by the body. Excess accumulation in the body turns the eyes and skin yellow - jaundice.
This can be due to either increased production (certain anemias, newborn jaundice, inherited metabolism defects), or failure of elimination (bile duct blockage, liver disease). ...Read more

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What is white jaundice?

What is white jaundice?

Jaundice: Jaundice occurs due to build-up of bilirubin which turns skin yellow. Can happen from biliary problem (liver, gall bladder, pancreas disease) or bursting red blood cells (hemolytic anemia). Sometimes, first sign of jaundice is scleral icterus (yellowing of whites of eyes). I imagine that is what is referred to as "white jaundice" which, to my knowledge, is not an official medical term. ...Read more

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Is jaundice communicable?

It depends: It depends on the cause of the jaundice. For example, viral hepatitis is communicable while alcoholic hepatitis is not. ...Read more

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How noticeable is jaundice?

Depends: Less so with lower level and easier as levels increase. ...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 the symptoms of jaundice?

What are the symptoms of jaundice?

Yellow skin: After the newborn period, jaundice (a yellow tint to the skin and eyes) may indicate a problem with the liver or red blood cells. Jaundice in newborns is very common but may still need to be monitored. Most newborns have a blood test done at 24 hours old to assess their risk of jaundice. If you think your baby looks a little more yellow lately, check with your pediatrician. ...Read more

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What are the effects of jaundice?

What are the effects of jaundice?

Itching: Jaundice in and of itself doesn't cause a lot of problems. People do complain of severe itching when they are jaundiced. The most important thing to do is discover why you are jaundiced. The cause of your skin discoloration could be very serious and have multiple other side effects. ...Read more

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How long does jaundice usually last?

How long does jaundice usually last?

A week to a few mos: Essentially focusing on new born jaundice- it lasts from 1 to 2 weeks in formula fed babies. It peaks at 3 to 4 days in a term baby. In breast babies mild indirect jaundice can persist for a few months, without any harm. I recommend checking a total and direct bilirubin when jaundice persists beyond 2 weeks of age. Very high jaundice is linked to brain damage. Discuss with a physician, to be sure. ...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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I need medical advice for jaundice?

Need more info..: Jaundice is just a symptom with many possible causes...infection, medications, metabolic problems, even cancer. We need more information to advise you. ...Read more

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How to know whether I have jaundice?

How to know whether I have jaundice?

Look in the mirror..: Jaundice is caused by elevation of bilirubin pigment in the blood. When it reaches critical levels it starts to discolor the whites of the eyes, urine and finally skin a yellow color. The urine turns dark like "tea". Sometimes it causes a diffuse itch without rash before skin discoloration becomes evident. If you think you are jaundice, see a doctor asap. Good luck! ...Read more

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What should one avoid when jaundice?

Depends: The cause of jaundice is very variable. More details needed to answer this question. Jaundice by itself means yellow skin coloring from liver secretions but there are dozens of possible causes. ...Read more

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How can I purge jaundice from my body?

How can I purge jaundice from my body?

Find the cause: Jaundice is due to accumulation of bilirubin that turns the skin/ conjunctiva yellow, it can be due to excessive breakdown of red blood cells (sickle cell anemia), liver disease, blockage of the bile ducts, pancreatic disease, gall bladder disease etc..., treating the cause will lower the excess bilirubin. ...Read more

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Are there different types of jaundice?

Jaundice: Pre-hepatic, hepatic & post-hepatic (cholestatic).

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Dr. Robert Rahimi
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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


Dr. Anne Larson
440 Doctors shared insights

Yellow Skin (Definition)

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