Newborn Jaundice: Causes, Symptoms, Treatment

Newborn Jaundice

Infant Jaundice or Jaundice In Babies or Neonatal jaundice

Neonatal jaundice is an infant health condition where skin. Other tissues of the body get a yellowish color due to the higher level of bilirubin in the blood. Although it is very normal to have a little bit higher level of bilirubin than normal in a newborn’s blood.

Most infants have a little bit of yellowish skin or suffer from jaundice as a medical term “physiological jaundice.” It does not have any harmful effects on infant health. It is most visible when the baby is 2-5 days old and naturally it gets cured within two weeks of birth.

Babies who are blessed with breastfeeding two types of harmless jaundice may occur to them like Breastfeeding jaundice.

Breastfeeding jaundice 

 Breastfeeding jaundice is a kind of jaundice that may occur to the breastfed babies during the first 7 days. one of the major reasons for this type of Jaundice is a Very slow flow of mother milk.

Breast milk jaundice 

 Breast milk jaundice is a type of jaundice that may appear to a healthy infant body after a week of birth. 

It reaches its high level during the 2nd and Third Week of life. This kind of cause due to the breakdown of Bilirubin in the Liver.

Jaundice of premature 

premature Jaundice occurs in a body of premature babies since they are not ready to dispose of bilirubin through an effective bowel movement.

Blood group incompatibility 

Blood group incompatibility jaundice occurs when a child has a different blood group than mothers. If the mother’s system produces an antibody that destroys infants RBC or red blood cells. 

Automatically this level of Bilirubin gets increased which can cause a severe form of Jaundice.which can be treated through an Rh immune globulin injection nowadays within 72 hours of delivery to mother. This type of jaundice may occur in a very early stage of life like on the first day itself.

This is the type of jaundice from which your baby can suffer. Now you are the person who will be the best to decide whether you have to contact your physician or not by keeping a close eye on your child’s behavior like :

  1. If You notice the yellow color is getting darker
  2. Although, If you feel your baby id behaving more sleepy than normal
  3. If they are not feeding properly
  4. They look dull or sick
  5. If your baby is having a fever more than 100°F (37.8°C)
  6. And also do not forget to call your doctor. If you are noticing any severe symptoms of infant jaundice during the first 24 hours of their life.