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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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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


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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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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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Who runs the newborn nursery== a neonatal nurse?

Pediatrician: Usually pediatrician and nursery nurse run the newborn nursery. Sometimes numerologist is involved. ...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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What is neonatal respiratory distress syndrome?

What is neonatal respiratory distress syndrome?

Premature lung: Prematures lack surfactant which is essential to keep alveoli expanded. This results in gradual collapse of more and more alveoli, (atelectasis) making it more difficult to oxygenate the blood. This becomes hyaline membrane disease or neonatal respiratory distress syndrome. ...Read more

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Whats newborn pneumonia?

Worrisome infection: Prior to birth, the lungs are formed but not inflated. Somewhat like a balloon.There is some fluid within the lung spaces that moves into the blood after the lungs inflate (babies first crys). If germs get into that fluid during labor or delivery, the lung tissue becomes infected & functions poorly.Baby may need extra oxygen and breath rapidly.Treatment is aimed at killing germs & supporting baby ...Read more

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Can a baby die from meconium aspiration?

Can a baby die from meconium aspiration?

Not usually: Theoretically possible. However, the common scenario is the other causes coexisting, and causing meconeum, such as chronic fetal distress, placenta insufficiency, etc. Actually harm the baby and lead to death. ...Read more

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How are meconium and meconium ileus in cystic fibrosis different?

How are meconium and meconium ileus in cystic fibrosis different?

Yes: Meconium is the normal fecal debris composing the accumulated intestinal contents at birth.It is heavily colored by bile, dark and sticky. Meconium ileus can occur when the meconium has abnormal glue like stickiness caused by CF and will not empty from the bowel.The blockage can require emergency surgery. ...Read more

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Can forceps delivery cause deafness in a newborn baby?

Can forceps delivery cause deafness in a newborn baby?

No: Forceps delivery can cause problems with the facial nerve, rarely. However, there is no concern for forceps delivery causing deafness. ...Read more

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Is meconium aspiration syndrome ever fatal?

Is meconium aspiration syndrome ever fatal?

Yes: Unfortunately, meconium aspiration syndrome can result in very severe lung disease which can lead to death even if optimally treated. ...Read more

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What is neonatal nursing?

Neonatal nurses: They are nurse who have extra training and experience to take care of newborns at the neonatal ICU. Those babies could be in the hospital due to prematurity, infections, congenital anomalies, depression or difficult transition around time of birth, etc ...Read more

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What casuses neonatal pneumonia?

Pneumonia: If the mother has a disease like chalmydia this could affect the neonate and cause pneumonia, as well as other bacterial, viral or fungal diseases , that the mother may have acquired and then transmit to the neonate. ...Read more

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Toddler at home, baby in nicu with neonatal herpes simplex 1?

Toddler at home, baby in nicu with neonatal herpes simplex 1?

Probably safe: Sorry about your neonate. Your toddler has almost certainly been exposed and infected, whether symptomatically or not, with the same virus. They are highly unlikely to be at significant risk. ...Read more

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How does meconium aspiration syndrome affect a baby?

How does meconium aspiration syndrome affect a baby?

Respiratory distress: Meconium is the production the baby expels from the colon and rectum that built up while in utero . When meconium is expelled in utero and the baby's first breath results in inhaling into the lungs, the baby cannot absorb oxygen well. Sometimes we can suction it from nose, mouth and trachea and the baby will be fine. Sometimes, it is so severe, the baby needs mechanical ventilation or ecmo. ...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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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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