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.
No. To add to previous answers, sunlight is mentioned, but really does not help.

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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.

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...

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...
Light therapy . If the baby has cholestatic jaundice there is risk of "bronze baby" syndrome (they turn a dark gray color). If the baby has congenital erythropoietic porphyria they can develop blisters. (ask family history). Otherwise unless the family doesn't feed or change the baby while under lights the bigger risk is of not treating the jaundice. Read more...

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...

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...

Is there an over-the-counter treatment for neonatal jaundice?

No. Depending on how significant the jaundice is, photo therapy is the treatment. Read more...
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...

How do you prevent neonatal jaundice? My two boys had it at birth, now am getting due to having the third one and am a bit worried?

Need for Rx varies. Nn jaundice is a routine 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 .Many treatments are available.The worst cases are related to rh disease, which is now prevented by rhogam.There are no other preventive measures I am aware of. Read more...
Workup/Management. A family history of jaundice at birth and prematurity are risk factors. If the birth is at term, 37 weeks gestational; age or more, then the likelihood of jaundice is less. Keeping the baby well hydrated with regular feedings is also part of the management. Read more...

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...

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...

In neonatal jaundice what's the treatment?

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. Read more...
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). Read more...