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.
Depends. Often it requires no treatment whatsoever. Frequent breastfeeding and exposure to sunlight may suffice. If bilirubin levels are in the "high" zone and most importantly they are rising, your baby may need so called "light therapy" when he/she is put under uv light to remove excessive bilirubin in the system.
Neonatal jaundice. Phototherapy is the primary treatment in neonates with unconjugated hyperbilirubinemia. This therapeutic principle was discovered rather serendipitously in england in the 1950s and is now arguably the most widespread therapy of any kind (excluding prophylactic treatments) used in newborns.
Phototherapy. In neonates, the primary treatment is light therapy (phototherapy). The jaundice is diagnosed by the high level of a substance called unconjugated bilirubin in the newborn’s blood. There is no standard amount of time the infant should be treated with phototherapy -- it’s all dependant on the baby’s bilirubin level falling below a certain threshold (13-14 mg/dL).
No. Depending on how significant the jaundice is, photo therapy is the treatment.
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.
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.
Jaundice. The treatment for jaundice is phototherapy. That is usually done in the hospital, or home phototherapy. If your child is jaundiced, have your doctor check the level. Very high levels of bilirubin can cause brain damage.
It depends. There are several dozen common causes of neonatal jaundice some of which are curable some of which are self limited others of which are fatal.
Find the Cause. As mentioned there are many causes. You need to discuss this with the baby's doctor, not online.
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.
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.
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.
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.
My daughter had severe neonatal jaundice. She is now 17 and has lots of cavities. Is there a direct link between the two?
Don't think so. Cavities are probably due to a combination of sugars/acids in the diet, lack of fluoride while teeth were developing, compromised oral hygiene, and irregular professional care. Have the cavities (infections) treated immediately. Discuss diet, oral hygiene, and fluoride rinses with the Dentist to prevent recurrence.