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What are the symptoms of newborn jaundice and how can I address them?

What are the symptoms of newborn jaundice and how can I address them?

Yellow infant: Newnborn jaundice is treatable by blue light or sulight. We now know that it is the first sign of oxidative stress (published) and you need the advice and help of your pediatrician. ...Read more

Scalp (Definition)

Scalp is the part of the skin on the skull, deeply attached to the skull and has the hair shafts from it.Rest of the skin in the head like facial skin(beard) has only 2 layers -epidermis and dermis. Scalp has 5 different layers unlike facial skin/rest of skin all over body .Scalp-s-epidermis, c-conn.Tissue, a-aponeurosis, l-loose areolar conn. Tissue and p- pericranium attached ...Read more


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Do you know a treatment for newborn jaundice?

Do you know a treatment for newborn jaundice?

Light and feeding.: Physiologic newborn jaundice is caused by rising bilirubin, a by-product the breakdown of excess hemoglobin. Bright light will cause further breakdown of this in a product that the kidney will excrete. Frequent feeding will cause bilirubin to pass through the intestines and liver exiting the body through bowel movements. ...Read more

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I have a hh agency(new), peds & just had first time request for light therapy for newborn jaundice infant. What complications are there?

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 more

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Can newborn jaundice cause longterm medical problems?

Can newborn jaundice cause longterm medical problems?

Possibly: Mild jaundice is very common in newborns, especially breast-fed babies. Jaundice is caused by bilirubin, a breakdown product of hemoglobin. If the bilirubin level gets too high, it can lead to kernicterus, a rare neurological condition that can lead to permanent brain damage. Most hospitals monitor the bilirubin level in newborns in the nursery. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Newborn jaundice?

Newborn jaundice is: a yellow color of the skin and sometimes whites of the eyes,that occurs because of the immaturity of the liver,which allows bilirubin to build up.It can be made worse by the mom's and baby's blood types being different,or by not drinking/urinating/stooling enough.It generally causes no other problems and is sometimes treated with special light(phototherapy),so that is does not cause brain damage. ...Read more

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Newborn jaundice day 10 bilirubin total 11.31mg/dl & bilirubin direct 0.43mg/dl day 20 bilirubin total 5.6 & bilirubin direct 1.0 should i b worried?

Newborn  jaundice
day 10 bilirubin total 11.31mg/dl & bilirubin direct 0.43mg/dl
day 20 bilirubin total 5.6 & bilirubin direct 1.0
should i b worried?

More testing needed.: Probably nothing however the direct component of the bilirubin is rising. It sounds like your pediatrician is following this. But if baby is healthy likely ok. Premature infants should be followed more closely? ...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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Newborn jaundice bili 20 at its highest 1st wk of birth. All was taken care of and now a month later bili 12 still yellow tears, eyes. Is this normal?

Yes: "jaundice" can hang around at low levels for about a month. As long as baby is gaining weight and eating well, we watch and wait. If it is getting worse or persists another 1-2 weeks then you need to have the baby seen. Usually we just wait and all resolves with no long term problems. ...Read more

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Is it possible that newborn jaundice cause longterm medical problems as they get older?

Is it possible that newborn jaundice cause longterm medical problems as they get older?

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 or adult. ...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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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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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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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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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 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?

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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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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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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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