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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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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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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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How does nursing differ in neonatal, newborn, and postnatal care?

How does nursing differ in neonatal, newborn, and postnatal care?

Breastfeeding : Nursing immediately after birth, baby receives colostrum rich in protein & antibodies. At this stage, baby is just learning to suck the correct way. After 3 days, transitional milk flows - rich in fat & lactose.After 7 days, mature milk comes in - largely water but also includes carbohydrates, proteins and fat. Baby sucks better, regains birth weight and continues further weight gain. ...Read more

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Precaution for jaundice?

Precaution for jaundice?

Avoid hepatitis.: Do you have it or do you want to avoid it? If you have it you need a diagnosis. See doc. Avoid all potential liver toxins such as alcohol and acetaminophen. If you are trying to prevent developing jaundice - get vaccinated for hep a and b if you are at risk. Do not share needles or have unprotected sex. Do not drink too much or use too much acetaminophen. Wash fruits and vegetables. ...Read more

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How does phototherapy cure jaundice for newborn babies?

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How does phototherapy cure jaundice for newborn babies?

Excrete via urine: Jaundice is a result of accumulation of bilirubin, end product of destroyed red cells. The bilirubins deposited under skin undergoes change in physical character when exposed to special light, i.e. To become water soluble. This change allows excess bilirubins deposited under skin to be excreted through urine. ...Read more

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Is neonatal sepsis related to hbo incompatibility?

Neonatal sepsis: No it is caused from infection and has nothing to do with ABO incompatibilty. ...Read more

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Neonatal alloimune thrombocytopenia treatment?

Neonatal alloimune thrombocytopenia treatment?

Platelet transfusion: If the fetus has an antigen on platelets that the mother lacks, she may make antibodies that destroy the fetal platelets. Infusing platelets that lack the antigen is the treatment. Platelets can be infused into the fetus in utero, if needed, . ...Read more

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Meaning of neonatal jaundice? Heard brain damage.

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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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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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When are hepatitis vaccinations issued to newborns?

When are hepatitis vaccinations issued to newborns?

Original studies:nbn: Some of the initial studies verifying the benefits of hep b were done in hawaii where there was a long hx of maternal to child transmission.The administration at birth to all willing participants allowed hawaii to be the first state seeing a decline in hep b in its population. Since that time various practitioners follow different protocols. I give it at birth. ...Read more

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Is Albumin of 28 g/l and bilirubin of 86 umol/L indicating liver damage or failure in metastic crc patient ?

Is Albumin of 28 g/l and bilirubin of 86 umol/L indicating liver damage or failure in metastic crc patient ?

Need more info.: It's impossible to analyze individual lab values without knowing more, such as the normal ranges at that lab and other medical history at the time of the blood draw. You should ask your doctor for his opinion of those labs. An alternative would be to upload the labs here on HealthTap Prime and have one of our doctors interpret them for you, in the context of your medical history. Good luck. ...Read more

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What is acute neonatal hydramnios?

About the fetus: When the fetus is developing their is too much fluid in the uterine sac for fetal development. ...Read more

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What causes neonatal encephalopathy?

What causes  neonatal encephalopathy?

See below:: In ne, it is not always possible to document a significant hypoxic-ischemic insult. There are potentially several other etiologies, specifically, it is important to exclude metabolic disease, infection, drug exposure, nervous system malformation and neonatal stroke as possible causes of the encephalopathy. The nature of brain injury causing neurologic impairment in a newborn is poorly understood. ...Read more

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Treatment for adult with bilirubin level 24 due to alcoholic jaundice?

Treatment for adult with  bilirubin level 24 due to alcoholic jaundice?

Stop Alcohol/nutriti: There is no way to predict how high the bilirubin can go, it may go higher if you keep drinking first step is to stop drinkin second is proper nutrition naltrexone or acamprostate may be prescribed in some cases in late stage with cirrhosis liver transplant nothing will work if one keeps drinking, will lead to cirrhosis and liver failure in time. ...Read more

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Is biliary atresia detected before birth?

Is biliary atresia detected before birth?

No: Biliary atresia is unsuspected until there is a persistent rise in bilirubin of the direct type. Initial imaging study should be a preprandial gall bladder ultrasound to see if gall bladder is present. ...Read more

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Are genetic screens of newborns mandatory?

Are genetic screens of newborns mandatory?

No: Newborn screens are performed with every birth. Not mandated by law but they are highly recommended as they identify inborn errors that can be treated before they cause permanent damage to your infant. ...Read more

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Are their social development programs for graduates from neonatal intensive care unit?

Development: Many nicus have developmental follow up clinics to evaluate progress and needs after going home from the nicu and the children are prescribed physical, occupational, and speech therapy as is warranted. The therapy occurs on developmentally appropriate levels which is often through play therapy. ...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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Neonatal (Definition)

The term neonatal is generally used to describe events that occur with an infant within the first 30 days after birth.Some practitioners are looser with the definition & extend the ...Read more