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Neonatal Jaundice

Neonatal jaundice is a common condition in newborns characterized by yellowish discoloration of skin and eyes due to increased bilirubin in the blood. Prematurely born infants, infants with insufficient feeding, incompatible blood type of the infant to that of the mother, infection, bruising, liver disorders, red blood cell abnormality, and enzyme deficiency are the causes of neonatal jaundice. Increased feeding is helpful in mild jaundice as it clears the bilirubin, whereas, in severe jaundice, phototherapy is recommended.

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What to do for jaundice in a newborn? Is it dangerous?

Query: Hello doctor, My cousin gave birth to a baby boy yesterday at 38 weeks and baby is 6.17 lbs in weight. Yesterday evening the doctor told us that the baby has jaundice at 3.3 and now it is 5.3 What should we do for this? Is it dangerous? Hospital people said yesterday it was mild and does not need tr...  Read Full »

Dr. Amit Kumar Modi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Jaundice developing in a baby after 24 hours of life is physiological jaundice and does not require any treatment unless it crosses a limit assigned. Various factors are taken into account like: S bilirubin. Baby blood group. Mother's blood group. Gestational ag...  Read Full »

Why is my baby's bilirubin levels fluctuating even after 96 hours of phototherapy?

Query: Dear doctor, My 18 day old baby had gone for 96 hours of phototherapy. Her total bilirubin is fluctuating from 19.5, 14.5, 13.5, 13, 11, again 14 in 12 days. What can be done now?  Read Full »

Dr. E. Venkata Ramana

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Before advising you about the child, I need some information: What are the blood groups of baby and mother? What was the birth weight of the baby? Was the baby born at term or preterm? Bilirubin may fluctuate during the treatment with phototherapy and the level ...  Read Full »

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