Jaundice: Navigating the Yellow Warning Sign in Newborns
Jaundice: A Common Newborn Concern
Jaundice is a common condition in newborns, characterized by a yellowing of the skin and eyes. While usually harmless, it's essential to understand when it might be a cause for concern.
What is Jaundice?
Jaundice occurs due to a buildup of bilirubin, a yellow pigment produced during the breakdown of red blood cells.
Symptoms: What to Look For
- Yellow Skin: Starting from the face and spreading downward.
- Yellow Eyes: The whites may appear yellow.
- Lethargy: The baby may seem less active.
Causes: Why Does it Happen?
- Liver Immaturity: The newborn liver may not be fully functional.
- Breastfeeding Issues: Can occur if the baby isn't getting enough milk.
- Blood Incompatibility: Between the mother and baby.
Treatment: Clearing the Yellow
- Phototherapy: Special lights break down bilirubin.
- Supplemental Feeding: To help pass bilirubin through stools.
- Medical Treatment: In severe cases, like blood transfusions.
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