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 ForNewborn-jaundice-eyes

  1. Yellow Skin: Starting from the face and spreading downward.
  2. Yellow Eyes: The whites may appear yellow.
  3. Lethargy: The baby may seem less active.

Causes: Why Does it Happen?

  1. Liver Immaturity: The newborn liver may not be fully functional.
  2. Breastfeeding Issues: Can occur if the baby isn’t getting enough milk.
  3. Blood Incompatibility: Between the mother and baby.

Treatment: Clearing the Yellow

  1. Phototherapy: Special lights break down bilirubin.
  2. Supplemental Feeding: To help pass bilirubin through stools.
  3. Medical Treatment: In severe cases, like blood transfusions.

Next Steps

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