Jaundice in Newborns (Hyperbilirubinemia) - Topic Overview
doctor will do a physical exam and ask you questions. The doctor may ask
- Your general health, especially during your
- Whether your baby was born early (prematurely) or at
- Whether there were any problems with the
- Your baby's birth weight and whether the baby has lost or
gained weight since birth.
- Your baby's feeding and elimination
blood type and whether you and the baby have a problem
with Rh incompatibility.
- Any family history of health problems that
could cause jaundice.
A blood test for bilirubin may be done to find out if
your baby needs treatment.
More tests may be done if the doctor
thinks that a health problem is causing too much bilirubin in the blood.
How is it treated?
Most of the time no treatment
is needed for jaundice, because it usually goes away on its own. If you are
breast-feeding, you may be able to help reduce the jaundice by feeding your
baby about 8 to 12 times a day.
Sometimes babies with jaundice
are put under a type of fluorescent light. This is called
phototherapy . The skin absorbs the light. This changes
the bilirubin so that the body can more easily get rid of it in the stool and
urine. The treatment is usually done in a hospital. But babies sometimes are
treated at home.
If a health problem caused the jaundice, your
baby may need other treatment.
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