How to check your baby for Jaundice?

How to check your baby for Jaundice?

Is your baby’s skin yellow in color? He might be suffering from jaundice! Jaundice occurs because of the increase in bilirubin levels. If jaundice is not treated immediately, bilirubin might affect the brain and it can permanently damage the brain. To treat jaundice immediately, you should know the symptoms of jaundice. What are the symptoms of jaundice? Read on…

A newborn is a GOD’s gift. He is special. However, due to certain conditions, your newborn might suffer from jaundice. Since he is special, he should be immediately rushed to a hospital. To know if your child has jaundice, you should know the symptoms of jaundice.

Jaundice in newborn is the yellow discoloration of the baby’s skin and eyes. This happens because the baby has excess bilirubin. Bilirubin is a yellow-colored pigment present in the red blood cells.

Jaundice in newborns is common, particularly in babies who are born before the 38 weeks gestation period. This condition can occur in breast-fed babies also.

What causes jaundice in newborns?
Bilirubin is a normal part of the pigment released from the breakdown of used red blood cells. Generally, the liver filters the bilirubin from the bloodstream. Then it releases the bilirubin into the intestinal tract. In some newborns, the liver might not develop completely. An immature liver can often remove bilirubin quickly causing more production of bilirubin. When excess of bilirubin is produced, a newborn will get jaundice.

A baby might get jaundice because of various other reasons. Internal bleeding, infection in baby’s blood, mismatch between mother’s blood and baby’s blood, liver malfunction, enzyme deficiency and viral and bacterial infections can also cause jaundice in babies.

If your baby suffered bruising during delivery, he mhight have higher level of bilirubin that may cause jaundice.

What are the symptoms of jaundice in newborns?
Babies will be very delicate. A slight change in the baby’s behavior might be an indication to a disease.They should be taken good care. Babies will not be able to express pain or feelings. Hence we should keep an eye 24/7 on them. You should check their skin, their movements, their responses very closely. If you find any unusual behavior in your baby, and if that unusual behaviour persists for a long time, you should immediately rush to a doctor. So watch out for the symptoms!

In newborn, jaundice usually occurs after 1 to 5 days of birth.

The symptoms of jaundice are:

  • Baby’s skin looks yellow
  • The white region of the baby’s eyes turn yellow
  • Baby becomes sick and is difficult to awaken
  • Baby isn’t gaining weight or has poor appetite
  • Baby lets out high-pitched cries

If the jaundice in newborns is not cured immediately, the bilirubin can reach the newborn’s brain. The bilirubin might damage the newborn’s brain permanently. If the bilirubin damages the newborn’s brain permanently, the newborn can suffer from involuntary and uncontrolled movements, hearing loss etc.

Hence if you find any of the above symptoms in your baby, consult a pediatrician on eVaidya now! So sign up and subscribe to ask a doctor now, since ignorance can prove you costly. At eVaidya, all the panel doctors are verified and authenticated by Medical Council of India (MCI). eVaidya has an user satisfaction rate of 98.3%.

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