Jaundice is not uncommon. In fact around 50-60% of babies have some form of jaundice, and the American Academy of...
Jaundice is not uncommon. In fact around 50-60% of babies have some form of jaundice, and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) notes that, "Most babies have mild jaundice that is harmless." My own son had a mild case when he was born. At times though, more serious jaundice cases may arise so it's smart to know the signs. What is jaundice? Jaundice occurs when a chemical called bilirubin builds up in your baby’s blood. Bilirubin is totally normal. All people have it in their blood and it's removed by the liver. However, as an adult your liver is much better at ridding your body of bilirubin. A newborn, with a less efficient body is not as good at getting rid if this chemical. Can any baby get jaundice? Babies of any race or color or gender can get jaundice. You can easily see when a baby has it because his skin will appear yellowish. It can be present at birth but sometimes won't show up for a couple of days - which happened with my son. Is jaundice dangerous? Most of the time no. In rare cases when left unchecked the APP reports that the bilirubin level can get very high and might cause brain damage. If your baby appears to have jaundice in the first few days after birth, your pediatrician or a nurse will probably use a skin or blood test to check your baby’s bilirubin level. Jaundice treatment Most of the time jaundice requires no treatment; as your baby grow quickly over the first two weeks his liver will become more efficient and he'll be able to get that biliruben out. In my son case, his levels were a little high, so he had to be placed under special lights while undressed to lower the bilirubin level. This is a safe treatment and usually solves the problem. If you have your baby at home and suspect jaundice you should contact your pediatrician to be on the safe side.

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anny March 25, 2013
I take a girl with jaundice, each month I’ll send some money for medical expenses, I did not know what that looked like jaundice was in a web page and a known resultaque commented me and adotamos girl and every month we send photos.

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