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What is neonatal jaundice?

What is neonatal jaundice?

Yellow skin: A yellow color to skin and eyes is called "jaundice." almost all newborns have a little bit of jaundice, but if the levels get too high there can be serious problems caused by this. The measurement of the level of jaundice is called bilirubin, a blood test. ...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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Meaning of neonatal jaundice?

Meaning of neonatal jaundice?

Jaundice : Physiologic neonatal jaundice is yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes due to elevation of a breakdown product of old blood cells called bilirubin that builds up in newborns due to immaturity of liver enzymes. Pathologic neonatal jaundice can also result from various disease states. Phototherapy with special lights, or more aggressive therapy, may be needed to lower bilirubin to safe levels. ...Read more

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How common is neonatal jaundice?

How common is neonatal jaundice?

Very: Most term normal newborns become jaundiced peaking around the 3rd to 5th day of life. Their livers being a bit immature have trouble breaking down bilirrubin, the substance that make you jaundiced. This type of jaundice resolves in the first 2 weeks. If you are nursing your baby, the yellow pigment may linger a bit. Babies that are premature or have medical problems, may have more serious jaundice. ...Read more

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What causes most neonatal jaundice?

What causes most neonatal jaundice?

Jaundice: Most physiologic neonatal jaundice is caused by immaturity of the liver and inability to process all of the breakdown products of red blood cells leading to a build up of bilirubin. This may be exacerbated in breast fed infants. There are causes of neonatal jaundice that can represent disease states, but these are not the most n cause of neonatal jaindice. ...Read more

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What are the tests for neonatal jaundice?

What are the tests for neonatal jaundice?

Bilirubin: Jaundice is caused by an excess of bilirubin in the blood. Blood can be tested to see how high the bilirubin is. Blood type is important as is the hemoglobin and hematocrit. ...Read more

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Does neonatal jaundice usually cause many symptoms?

Yellow skin: Most common cause of jaundice is physiologic , which usually causes yellowish discoloration of skin and eyes and usually mild. Newborn jaundice caused due to reasons like blood type mismatch between mother and baby, congenital abnormalities of liver or biliary tract, congenital or acquired infections in newborn or bleeding beneath scalp can also poor feeding , tiredness and lead to kernicterus. ...Read more

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Is there a cure for neonatal jaundice?

Is there a cure for neonatal jaundice?

It depends: There are several dozen common causes of neonatal jaundice some of which are curable some of which are self limited others of which are fatal. ...Read more

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In neonatal jaundice what's the treatment?

Neonatal jaundice: Phototherapy is the primary treatment in neonates with unconjugated hyperbilirubinemia. This therapeutic principle was discovered rather serendipitously in england in the 1950s and is now arguably the most widespread therapy of any kind (excluding prophylactic treatments) used in newborns. ...Read more

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What can I do to prevent neonatal jaundice?

You don't: This is a transient issue with as many as a 3rd of newborns. It is usually mild and self corrects. Have the OB monitor your pregnancy and deal with issues like rh disease that would be a problem, and take the Rhogam injection if needed.Other influences can be managed at the time between you and your pediatrician.Needs vary with each individual case. ...Read more

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How do you prevent neonatal jaundice from happening?

How do you prevent neonatal jaundice from happening?

Jaundice: Neonatal jaundice is a normal occurrence in newborns. It is harmless and resolves spontaneously within a week. Although prevention is not necessary, making sure the baby feeds well and is hydrated will help eliminate the meconium within the first few days of life will help make the jaundice less intense. ...Read more

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When should we do phototherapy in neonatal jaundice.

When should we do phototherapy in neonatal jaundice.

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

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Which treatment works the best and fastest for neonatal jaundice?

Phototherapy: If treatment is needed the best treatment is phototherapy, which is light therapy using special lamps or lighted blankets and exposing skin to them. Also one has to ensure proper nutrition and hydration. The fastest treatment is blood exchange transfusion but this is used only in very rare situations when jaundice is very severe and putting at risk baby's brain. ...Read more

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What causes neonatal jaundice in breastfed baby?

What causes neonatal jaundice in breastfed baby?

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

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My daughter had severe neonatal jaundice. She is now 17 and has lots of cavities. Is there a direct link between the two?

My daughter had severe neonatal jaundice. She is now 17 and has lots of cavities. Is there a direct link between the two?

Don't think so: Cavities are probably due to a combination of sugars/acids in the diet, lack of fluoride while teeth were developing, compromised oral hygiene, and irregular professional care. Have the cavities (infections) treated immediately. Discuss diet, oral hygiene, and fluoride rinses with the Dentist to prevent recurrence. ...Read more

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Are there alternative therapies for neonatal jaundice?

Are there alternative therapies for neonatal jaundice?

NO: Neonatal jaundice can be dangerous if not treated early and correctly. The bilirubin molecule can cross the blood brain barrier and can damage the brain of the newborn permanently. Any alternative treatment, other than phototherapy and hydration can risk an infant for life. ...Read more

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Is there an over-the-counter treatment for neonatal jaundice?

Need for Rx varies: Nn jaundice is a routein event in newborns as babies system starts catching up to work mom's body did before birth.Intensity varies &@ low levels can be ignored.As levels go up, depending on babies other issues it can become toxic to the developing brain.If the white of babies eyes is yellow, blood tests are needed.Effective rx includes phototherapy, IV fluids, & rarely an exchange transfussion. ...Read more

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How do you prevent neonatal jaundice? My two boys had it at birth, now am getting due to having the third one and am a bit worried?

How do you prevent neonatal jaundice? My two boys had it at birth, now am getting due to having the third one and am a bit worried?

Need for Rx varies: Nn jaundice is a routine event in newborns as babies system starts catching up to work mom's body did before birth.Intensity varies &@ low levels can be ignored.As levels go up, depending on babies other issues it can become toxic .Many treatments are available.The worst cases are related to rh disease, which is now prevented by rhogam.There are no other preventive measures I am aware of. ...Read more

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Meaning of neonatal jaundice? Heard brain damage.

Meaning of neonatal jaundice? Heard brain damage.

Rarely: Jaundice caused by high level of bilirubin in blood can lead to brain damage by compromising the integrity of neuronal cells. Infants with hemolytic disease, e.g., ABO incompatiblity, are at higher risk. Extreme preemies are also at high risk even with modestly elevated bilirubin level. ...Read more

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I need a pediatrician to tell me what to do about neonatal jaundice. Mainly how can it be prevented.?

I need a pediatrician to tell me what to do about neonatal jaundice. Mainly how can it be prevented.?

It can't: Neonatal jaundice is a normal event. It peaks between days three and five and is not always a problem that needs to be treated. That is why we like to see babies within three days after discharge.Putting newborns in the sun does help reduce/prevent it...Put a newborn in a window where the sun comes through and is warm -naked except for a diaper and the sunlight helps "break up the jaundice" (more). ...Read more

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Got a baby daughter 17days old now. She had neonatal jaundice at 17.9 points. We got her photo therapy for 36 hours and levels came to 12.

Got a baby daughter 17days old now. She had neonatal jaundice at 17.9 points. We got her photo therapy for 36 hours and levels came to 12.

Treatment/Management: The trend is in the right direction, and normalizing. Keeping your daughter hydrated will help the process. If you notice any jaundice or yellow tinge to her sclerae ( the white area of the eye ), a follow up level should be obtained. Congratulations on her birth, and the vast majority of infants who are treated with phototherapy for jaundice do very well. ...Read more

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Dr. Cindy Williams
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Newborn Jaundice (Definition)

A condition in which a new baby turns yellow due to a higher level of bilirubin in his body. Bilirubin is a byproduct of the breakdown and recycling of red blood cells. Healthy babies can have neonatal jaundice as a normal phase during the first few weeks, but doctors will still evaluate such babies to be sure there ...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