Is newborn jaundice common?

Jaundice is 1 of the most common conditions that can affect newborn babies. It’s estimated 6 out of every 10 babies develop jaundice, including 8 out of 10 babies born prematurely before the 37th week of pregnancy. But only around 1 in 20 babies has a blood bilirubin level high enough to need treatment.

When should I be concerned about my newborns jaundice?

Jaundice usually appears on the second or third day. If your baby is full-term and healthy, mild jaundice is nothing to worry about and will resolve by itself within a week or so. However, a premature or sick baby or a baby with very high levels of bilirubin will need close monitoring and medical treatments.

How serious is newborn jaundice?

Newborn jaundice is not harmful most of the time. For most babies, jaundice will get better without treatment within 1 to 2 weeks. A very high level of bilirubin can damage the brain.

What causes newborn jaundice?

Jaundice is caused by too much bilirubin in the blood. This is known as hyperbilirubinaemia. Bilirubin is a yellow substance produced when red blood cells, which carry oxygen around the body, are broken down. The bilirubin travels in the bloodstream to the liver.

How do I know if my newborn is getting jaundice worse?

Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:

  1. Your baby’s yellow tint gets brighter or deeper.
  2. Your baby is arching his or her back and has a shrill, high-pitched cry.
  3. Your baby seems very sleepy, is not eating or nursing well, or does not act normally.

How can I naturally cure my baby’s jaundice?

Newborn Jaundice Home Remedies

Sunlight helps to break down indicrect bilirubin so that a baby’s liver can process it more easily. Place the child in a well-lit window for 10 minutes twice a day is often all that is needed to help cure mild jaundice.

How long do jaundice babies stay under light?

Your baby will need to be under the light for about 1 to 2 days. He may also lie on a blanket of light, called a bili-blanket. He will stay under the bili-light as much as possible. During this time, his eyes will be covered with patches because the light can damage them.

Does sunlight help newborn jaundice?

Newborn jaundice can be treated with filtered sunlight, providing a safe, inexpensive, low-tech solution to a health problem that now causes permanent brain damage or death in more than 150,000 babies in developing countries each year.

Is newborn jaundice fatal?

Bilirubin, which causes jaundice, is a natural by-product of decomposing red blood cells, but when it’s present at dangerous levels, it can cause severe brain damage or even death in an infant.

What is the treatment of neonatal jaundice?

Phototherapy. Phototherapy is treatment with a special type of light (not sunlight). It’s sometimes used to treat newborn jaundice by lowering the bilirubin levels in your baby’s blood through a process called photo-oxidation. Photo-oxidation adds oxygen to the bilirubin so it dissolves easily in water.

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