Baby
  Mingle.com
baby site Publish Articles
Parenting Forum
Pregnancy Forum
Coupon Forum
General Chat
More Forums New Each Week
Food Coupons
Baby Coupons
Grocery Coupons
Health Coupons
Dollar Coupons
Pet Coupons
Prescription Drugs
Restaurant Coupons
New Coupons Crafts
Costumes
Holiday Crafts
Kid's Crafts
Kid's Holiday Crafts General Games
Baby Shower
Balloon Games Free Stuff & Offers
Print Drug Coupons
Earn Cash
Holiday Freebies
Free Offers
Coloring Pages
Free Samples
Free After Rebate
Free Greeting Cards Baby Catalogs
Clothing Catalogs
Food Catalogs
Pet Catalogs
Sports Catalogs Balloon Stomp
Balloon War
Candy Ring Toss
Cotton Ball Race
Lucky Lollipop
Memory Test
Scavenger Hunt
Toss Coins Game
More Games... Adoption
Baby Foods
Baby Sleep Tips
Bed Wetting
Breastfeeding
Child Care
Child Illness
Colic
Parenting
PMS Help
Potty Training
Pregnancy
Snoring
Stay Home Parent
Stress
Teething
Unwanted Hair
Weight Problems 100 Boy Names
100 Girl Names
Twins Names
Boy in Decade
Girl in Decade
1000 Boy Names
1000 Girl Names

Submit Articles
Privacy/Disclose
Home

Pregnancy And Health

Articles - Pregnancy - What To Do If Your Newborn Has Jaundice?

 
Free catalogs
What To Do If Your Newborn Has Jaundice?
 by: Michelle Higgins
 

Don't panic if your doctor tells you that your newborn baby has jaundice. Jaundice in a newborn baby is a common condition.

Most newborns have normal physiological jaundice and in very rare cases is the jaundice due to serious liver disorders.

Why my baby?

The blood cells in your baby's body are broken up into a yellow pigment called bilirubin. The level of bilirubin needs to be kept normal by the liver and kidneys by excreting it in the baby's poop. But the liver of a newborn baby is not very mature. So bilirubin levels rise in the blood causing yellow pigmentation of the skin.

More than 90% of newborn babies are affected by normal physiological jaundice. So relax. This type of jaundice is seen usually on second or third day of the baby's life and disappears by the 7th or 10th day.

How to tell if your baby has jaundice

Yellow discoloration of the skin and the white of the eye is the key symptom of jaundice. Your baby may also be sleepier than usual. This could be normal physiological jaundice especially when it appears 3-4 days after birth.

Monitor your baby after 1 or 2 days of his birth. You can diagnose jaundice in the newborn baby by doing a very simple test. Press your fingertip against your baby's forehead or nose tip. If it appears white, you have nothing to worry about. If a yellowish color appears, it is time to call your doctor. A blood test might be needed to confirm that there are no specific causes for the jaundice.

More on jaundice in the newborn

Normal physiological jaundice does not affect baby's general health.

Breast milk can also produce jaundice in a few babies. However, the pros of breastfeeding outweigh the condition and you will probably be advised continue breastfeeding.

Premature babies are more prone to developing jaundice. Blood group incompatibility between you and your child can also produce jaundice.

When jaundice is a cause for alarm

If jaundice appears within 24 hours of birth and persists for more than 14 days, it could be pathological jaundice due to a liver condition. Other pointers include baby's refusal to feed, dark yellow urine, pale or clay colored poop and a weak and irritable baby. Call your doctor immediately if you detect any of these warning signs.

How your baby will be treated
freebies - free
Normal physiological jaundice in your newborn does not require any special treatment. Adequate fluid intake is essential. Breast feed your baby at least 8-12 times a day.

A mini sunbath might be recommended. You may be asked to put your baby's crib near the window that gets the maximum sunlight. Make sure you protect baby's eyes and limit exposure to direct sunlight. Follow the instructions from your caregiver.

In case of severe jaundice, phototherapy or bililight therapy will be used. Your baby will be exposed to artificial light, which can decrease the bilirubin levels.

Most newborn babies have jaundice. In some, it so mild that it goes unnoticed and in some babies it may worsen to produce symptoms.

Detecting the symptoms early does help. So do keep a close watch on baby (as if you need telling). If your newborn is diagnosed with jaundice, you now know what to do.

About The Author:  Michelle Higgins
This article has been provided by ParentingSurvivalGuide.com.
Please visit our web site at http://www.ParentingSurvivalGuide.com to discover more articles.
Copyright 2005 ParentingSurvivalGuide.com, all rights reserved.
This article may be freely republished for noncommercial use as long as the article, including the author information and this reprint policy statement, is republished in its entirety, unedited, and with all links working.
earn cash

free offers


Baby Mingle



Baby Freebies

 Freebies

Free Samples and freebies
Get the "Savannah's Candy Kitchen"
Get the "Camping World Catalog"
Free After Rebate Products
Get the Candy & Food Catalog
Freebies and Free Samples