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

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

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

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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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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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