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New born Jaundice

Call your doctor if your baby becomes jaundiced.
  • If your doctor is aware of the jaundice and you are observing your child at home, call your doctor if the jaundice spreads to the arms or legs or if it lasts beyond 1 week.
  • Call your doctor if you don't feel comfortable watching your child at home or if you have any other questions or concerns.
When to go to the hospital
  • If your child appears ill to you (if he or she is refusing to eat, seems excessively Sleepy, or has floppy arms and legs) or has a temperature of 100.4°F or higher, you should go to your hospital's emergency department.
  • Go to the hospital if your child seems to be having difficulty breathing.
    • If your child stops breathing. or begins turning blue, administer rescue breaths if you are trained in CPR. Send someone to call emergency immediately.


Self-Care at Home
  • Sunlight helps to break down bilirubin so that a baby's liver can process it more easily.
    • Placing a child in a well-lit window for 10 minutes twice a day is often all that is needed to help cure mild jaundice. Never place an infant in direct sunlight.
  • If the bilirubin level is too high, the child may need to be placed under a special type of light. This treatment is called phototherapy.
    • Sometimes, such lights can be set up at your home with careful monitoring.
    • The doctor (with the parent's help) will decide whether to begin a child on phototherapy.
  • If an infant's bilirubin levels are very high or if the child appears ill, the baby will most likely be admitted to the hospital for treatment.

In most cases, jaundice is not preventable.

  • The best way to avoid jaundice is to make sure your baby is getting enough fluids.


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