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Doctor insights on: Physiologic Jaundice Of The Newborn

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Why would a newborn child get jaundice?

Why would a newborn child get jaundice?

Transition work: Before birth the mothers body cleans all the babies blood & that stops at birth. The babies liver must gear up to breakdown & recycle proteins from the blood that can produce jaundice.Many issues can cause a backup of work & increase the jaundice. Over time the liver catches up with the work & jaundice fades .If the level gets high various rx are used to help bring it down. ...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


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How long does it take jaundice to clear in a newborn?

Jaundice newborn: Fullterm babys generally clear bilirubin or jaundice within the 1st week. Preterm infants may take up to 10-14 days. Some breastfed babies will continue to have some jaundice during the time they are breastfed. This is not dangerous. The type of bilirubin may help to sort out the cause. Mostly it is physiological and a normal process. All the best. Followup with your MD if prolonged. ...Read more

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Please tell me what causes recurrent jaundice in newborns?

Please tell me what causes recurrent jaundice in newborns?

Jaundiced again: By 'recurrent', I will assume you mean that bilirubin levels that were at one time elevated had normalized, then increased again. This phenomenon most commonly would be associated with some sort of liver dysfunction, metabolic disease, hemolytic disorder or congenital infection. ...Read more

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Please tell me how long it takes for to cure jaundice in newborn baby?

Please tell me how long it takes for to cure jaundice in newborn baby?

Neonatal Jaundice: Up to 60-65% newborns get mild jaundice, called 'physiological jaundice"; starts on day-3, resolves by 7-10 days, as long as the baby is feeding & pooping well. Many other causes- e.g. Poor feeding, blood group incompetibilities, perinatal infections, hepatitis etc. Breast milk jaundice: after 2nd week bc of a hormone in mother milk. Treatment: stop breastfeeding for 24-48 hours & restart. ...Read more

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What is newborn jaundice?

What is newborn jaundice?

Excessive bilirubin : Jaundice occurs when a substance called bilirubin accumulates in the baby's body that may cause a yellowing of the eyes & skin. It is a product of broken down red blood cells that usually cleared by the liver, kidneys & intestines. As the newborn's organs are not fully mature at birth, sometimes more bilirubin accumulates. If the level is too high, it may need to be treated using phototherapy. ...Read more

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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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My newborn has bilirubin which is causing jaundice. How is this treated?

My newborn has bilirubin which is causing jaundice. How is this treated?

Bilirubin: This is very common to have physiologic jaundice from days 4-6 of life. The liver is immature to break down the bilirubin, which can lead to some elevated numbers which causes the jaundice. There are other risk factors that can cause jaundice as well, like a cross reactivity bt babies and your blood type, prematurity,etc. Usually time will improve it, but sometimes the baby will need phototherapy ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my newborn has bilirubin which is causing jaundice?

Jaundice: It depends upon the age of the newborn, whether the baby is breastfed or not, what type of bilirubin is elevated (direct or indirect) and what the level is. Neonatal jaundice can be a very common occurrence or one that signifies other things. Please clarify. ...Read more

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What to do if i had jaundice as a newborn, can that affect me in the long run?

Unlikely an issue: About 1/3 of newborns have neonatal jaundice to some degree, peaking around day 4 and gradually declining. Some have jaundice enough to require phototherapy (lights) and rarely some require transfusions. As long as they receive proper therapy if needed, there is rarely if ever any long term effect on the kid. ...Read more

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My baby has jaundice tsp high about 200 but now it's about 180. And his gpt is 200. So, my q what's the normal gpt for newborns? Is it 60 ? Plz asap

My baby has jaundice tsp high about 200 but now it's about 180.  And his gpt is 200. So, my q what's the normal gpt for newborns? Is it 60 ? Plz asap

Depends: The answer depends on the baby's health status. Is he a premie? Dehydrated? On a ventilator? On iv's? Septic? What kind of jaundice? Anemic? Too many variables missing to answer your question properly. ...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


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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