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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

Dr. Chevies Newman
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Premature (Definition)

Very premature is a condition in which a baby is delivered between 28 and 31 weeks' gestation. Depending on how premature, how sick, and how lucky or unlucky a baby is, he can get brain problems, cerebral palsy, blindness, deafness, developmental problems, learning disabilities, severe lung diseases, infection and loss of some intestines, etc... Babies who are only moderately premature usually ...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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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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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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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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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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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

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. 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