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What is the cause of jaundice in infants?

What is the cause of jaundice in infants?

Work overload: Mother cleanses babies blood, removing metabolic waste until the cord is clamped. Newborns must convert blood that worked better in the womb to air breather blood & this conversion creates byproducts that can result in jaundice. Most are visibly jaundiced by day 4 clearing by a week or so. Some have additional issues with blood type or bruises that add to jaundice. Too much jaundice can injure baby. ...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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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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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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Can breastfeeding an infant or giving them breast milk prevent jaundice?

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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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My 5days old baby girl is suffering from jaundice, help?

My 5days old baby girl is suffering from jaundice, help?

May need eval: About half of infants will be visibly jaundiced by 5 days of age & some of those will need hospital based treatment, most will not.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. Call now. ...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

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Is it normal for baby to still have jaundice at three weeks?

Is it normal for baby to still have jaundice at three weeks?

Yes?: Jaundice is common at birth with most babies at least to some extent and can last sometimes until a month of age but it usually is slowly disappearing not getting worse. If you have any concerns talk with your pediatrician. ...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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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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Help docs! my 5days old baby girl is suffering from jaundice?

M.D. visit: The treatment depends on the extent of the jaundice, level of bilirubin and the rate of increase of the level. Keeping the baby well fed and notifying your pediatrician are suggested. If your infant was premature, the jaundice may be related to prematurity. ...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?

Varies: As many as a third of babies get jaundiced to a mild degree and it clears up over time with no treatment. In a few that develop severe jaundice the toxic material damages nerves and can produce hearing damage and a variant form of cerebral palsy. If it represents too much blood breaking down the kid might become very anemic and at risk of other complications. ...Read more

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My baby has mild jaundice is that a bad thing she is 2 weeks old?

Not to worry: It should be resolved by now unless you have a premie or breast feeding. As long as baby is taking good amount of formula or breast milk , voiding and stooling, active alert , playful, jaundice should resolve in due time . If concern , see your pediatrician. ...Read more

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Is it normal for a baby to have jaundice after 24hr of giving birth?

Is it normal for a baby to have jaundice after 24hr of giving birth?

Yes: Babies disposal system was handled by you through the placenta up until the cord was cut. At that point all the mundane issues of metabolism shift to baby. They are transitioning to air-breather blood cells from in the womb cells which requires work that transiently makes them jaundiced. It gradually gets batter as baby catches up with the work.Your doc will know if it is too much. ...Read more

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How many days are required to recover from jaundice in new born baby?

Family practice: It matters how high the bilirubin went and the cause. If its ABO blood type incompatibility the it may take longer and more aggressive measures. Newborns have underdeveloped livers and have high bilirubin levels anyway. If levels increase more than 5 each day it's considered abnormally high. A bili light is used and treated until levels get under 10 or close to it usually 3 days. ...Read more

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Please tell me how long it takes for to cure jaundice in newborn baby?

Please tell me how long it takes for to cure jaundice in newborn baby?

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

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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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My wife is 28 week pregnant and she is having jaundice since 10 days. Is this normal or it can effect my unbourn baby? What diet she has to take?

My wife is 28 week pregnant and she is having jaundice since 10 days. Is this normal or it can effect my unbourn baby? What diet she has to take?

If she is jaundiced: She needs to be seen by her physician to see why. It can be due to hepatitis, or cholestasis from gall bladder disease, or another etiology, but definitely needs to be checked. ...Read more

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My wife delivered a baby girl on 16/02/15. on 4 day we test the jaundice level, it was 7.39.is this jaundice level on 4 day normal or need to worry?

My wife delivered a baby girl on 16/02/15. on 4 day we test the jaundice level, it was 7.39.is this jaundice level on 4 day normal or need to worry?

Jaundice: jaundice is s normal event for ab infant transitioning to life. It can be complicated if there are risk factors involved. Your baby's level without risk factors is the the normal range. If your baby is pooping normal, eating well and is normal size you are okay. If your baby is premie, or sick or has blood type differences frim mom, you need to get the final word from your doctor. ...Read more

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Jaundice test was done after 7 days of birth of my baby with bilirubin level of 15, is there any concern about taking jaundice test so late(7 days).

Jaundice test was done after 7 days of birth of my baby with bilirubin level of 15, is there any concern about taking jaundice test so late(7 days).

Ok if baby is normal: Many normal babies between the ages of 4 and 14 days have a bilirubin level of 15. As long as the baby is normal (as assessed by one's pediatrician), that bilirubin level should not be a problem. For example, such a baby might have jaundice and a bilirubin lab test result of 8 at age 2 days, 12 at age 3 days, 16 at age 4 days, 18 at age 5 days, 15 at age 7 days, 10 at age 14 days, 5 at 21 days. ...Read more

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Can being jaundice as a baby affect your permanent skin color ?

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Can being jaundice as a baby affect your permanent skin color ?

No: Jaundice will not cause changes to skin color. Jaundice is cause by too much bilirubin in the blood. Skin color is determined by pigments (melanin) made by skin cells. ...Read more

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Jaundice level is 18. Is this normal for 3 days old baby? Pls advise

Jaundice level is 18. Is this normal for 3 days old baby? Pls advise

No: Needs close monitoring and phototherapy may need to be instituted depending on infant's gestational age and on the type of jaundice, hemolytic vs nonhemolytic. ...Read more

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My baby had jaundice on his 3rd day now he is 35 days & bili level is 12 when do I expect the level & his color, as he turned orange, to be normal?

Couple possibilities: Worst case scenario is liver disease. Can be next worse is a blood disorder where the blood cells are fragile and breaking apart. Blood test can be done to look for these. Breast feeding jaundice can also cause this which is benign and is thought be perhaps be related to a hormone in your milk if you are bottle feeding, then this is not a possibility. See your md ...Read more

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My baby has jaundice tsp high about 200 but now it's about 180. And his gpt is 200. So, my q what's the normal gpt for newborns? Is it 60 ? Plz asap

Depends: The answer depends on the baby's health status. Is he a premie? Dehydrated? On a ventilator? On iv's? Septic? What kind of jaundice? Anemic? Too many variables missing to answer your question properly. ...Read more

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What to do for jaundice in a 2 week old baby?

Contact your doc: A light jaundiced color is not unusual in breast feeding newborns at two weeks. However, the intensity is hard to judge by sight, so many will have the bilirubin level checked to see if it is in an acceptable range. Call your doc and see if they want to examine the kid for additional possibilities, or just order the test. ...Read more

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My newborn baby have jaundice and his blood test is 250.. What is the borderline for him?

My newborn baby have jaundice and his blood test is 250.. What is the borderline for him?

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

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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 .

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

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My 3 mth old baby was getting breast &formula. I was supplementing because of jaundice. Now he's getting more breast and rejects formula. why?

My 3 mth old baby was getting breast &formula. I was supplementing because of jaundice. Now he's getting more breast and rejects formula. why?

Either he read the : American Academy of Pediatrics recommendations on breastfeeding the first year - see healthy children.org - or he is responding to body contact & an increase in your looking at him ~ 12" from his face, the distance at which he sees best, smiling & talking to him. Next he should read AAP guidelines on sleep consolidation before 5 months. Smart boy! ...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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Yellow Skin (Definition)

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