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What are treatments for jaundice in a baby?

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In many cases, jaundice goes away on its own in 1-2 weeks. Your doctor may want to wait it out or start treatments like:

In the rare case that your baby has severe jaundice that isn't getting better with other methods, he may need what’s called an exchange transfusion. In the NICU, your doctor will draw small amounts of your baby's blood and replace it with donated blood.

  • Extra feedings, which can make your baby poop more and help clear out bilirubin from his body.
  • Phototherapy, where your baby is put under blue-green lights. It can help bilirubin leave his body in his urine.
  • Intravenous immunoglobulin, or IVIg, which will give him a blood protein through an IV that helps stop the breakdown of red blood cells.

From: Does Your Baby Have Jaundice? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Academy of Pediatrics: "Jaundice in Newborns Q&A."

CDC: "Jaundice Alert: What Every Parent Needs to Know."

Kids Health: "Jaundice in Healthy Newborns."

Mayo Clinic: "Infant Jaundice."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on June 25, 2019

SOURCES:

American Academy of Pediatrics: "Jaundice in Newborns Q&A."

CDC: "Jaundice Alert: What Every Parent Needs to Know."

Kids Health: "Jaundice in Healthy Newborns."

Mayo Clinic: "Infant Jaundice."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on June 25, 2019

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