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Old Baby Jaundice
My one week old baby has jaundice and his levels are 262, is that high and should i be concerned? His last one was 290
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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
Could you please advise me, what can be done for 3 days old baby girl who has jaundice level 18, she is already under photo therapy?
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
My 3 mth old baby was getting breast &formula. I was supplementing because of jaundice. Now he's getting more breast and rejects formula. why?
Either he read the : American Academy of Pediatrics recommendations on breastfeeding the first year - see healthy children.org - or he is responding to body contact & an increase in your looking at him ~ 12" from his face, the distance at which he sees best, smiling & talking to him. Next he should read AAP guidelines on sleep consolidation before 5 months. Smart boy! ...Read more
My baby is 63 days old. Bili level went down from 13 to 4 when does his skin color turn normal? & does jaundice make skin darker when it clears out?
Jaundice of newborn: I am sure that for jaundice that is still present until 63 days of age, ur baby has been worked up by now to rule out other liver problems. You should talk to your pedaitrician about why it has taken this long to clear to 4. Also, after jaundice is cleared it does not make the baby's skin dark. ...Read more
Is 13cm long for 7 month old baby liver is very big? Did my baby have liver problems? He looks like normal baby, no jaundice , stool is normal .
13 cm is not Normal.: Normal size liver for his age would be about half that large. It sounds like your baby is being evaluated, and i recommend that you continue to work with your doctor to find a cause, as there could be many causes from infection, metabolic storage disease, tumor, parasites, nutritional. ...Read more
My baby is seven months old. He has yellow skin but diagnosed as not jaundice. He will not eat or drink for last five days. Hospital said to ride out?
See your doctor: You need to take your child to be seen by his doctor urgently. ...Read more
My week old baby hasn't pooped in 4 days, he is breastfeeding and is jaundice, but his levels weren't high enough to go under light, should i be worr?
Normal i some: Your typical breast fed baby can have a little poo smear every feeding or one giant blowout every 7-10 days. If soft, i don't consider it constipation. As long as baby wets every 6 hours or more i would consider things within the range of normal. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
My 8 yr old had jaundice as a baby.His eyes are yellow and he wheezes.Should i be concerned about his eyes?
Yes: Jaundice as a baby is unlikely to have anything to do with his "yellow eyes" today. He needs to be seen by his physician & evaluated for several illnesses that can produce this finding.It could be as minimal as a hereditary defect in transfer of bilirubin metabolites through the liver or a sign of liver disease. I can't put the wheezing together with the jaundice but both should be assessed. ...Read more