Jaundice in Newborn Babies – How to Prevent?

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Published on March 28, 2016 by HTC Team

Jaundice in a new born is a very common occurrence and symptoms remain the same as the adults- yellowish eyes and raised body temperature. However, parents should immediately consult a paediatrician as untreated jaundice in children can bring on many more complications. There are generally two types of jaundice in the newborns –

Physiological/Normal Jaundice

Generally known as a normal jaundice, this happens usually due to the physiological changes occurring in the baby’s body. The serum bilirubin levels in this case vary up to 5-6 mg/dL to 17-18 mg/dL and generally this type of cases requires no treatment at all, provided it does not cross the above mentioned bilirubin levels (5-6 mg/dL to 17-18 mg/dL).

Pathological Jaundice

This kind of jaundice is a life threatening problem for a new born. In this case it is advisable to consult a paediatrician at the earliest.

Certain tips to prevent and control jaundice in newborns are:

Breastfeeding

Early, adequate and frequent breastfeeding soon after the birth can initiate in decreasing the bilirubin fast.

Exposure to Sunlight

To a certain extent, exposure of the baby to sunlight can also be beneficial in decreasing the bilirubin level faster.

These are the two major types of jaundice in newborns and remedies to deal with them.

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