Jaundice in Babies – Occurrence and Treatment (Personal Experience)

It is common for a new baby to contract jaundice. There’s a 50% chance that bilirubin levels of the baby are more than normal (normal range 0 – 10.5). If bilirubin levels are 11.5 – 12.5, you need not put your baby under hospital care which is mostly phototherapy.

Phototherapy is a process of exposing the baby to blue lights from halogen lamps so that the bilirubin oxidises and is removed via urine. Urine will only be generated if you feed him from the first hour of his birth. Milk doesn’t get generated in the breast of a mother for 2-3 days after the birth of the baby, so you need to feed the baby powder milk. The best is NAN PRO 1. Doctors in a few hospitals don’t recommend powder milk but only breast milk, which is wrong advice as the baby needs feed to get rid of jaundice via urine.

In my case, I did not feed my baby for 36 hrs as doctors didn’t want me to give powder milk and breast milk was not being produced. This fiasco reduced my baby’s weight from 2.77 to 2.50 kg in 36 hrs and the baby was sleeping all the time. The doctor’s advice was wrong and the baby suffered from jaundice.

Now If you do give hospital care at low levels of bilirubin and your baby’s bilirubin level comes down to 9, there is still a 50% chance that jaundice will happen a second time. If their eyes and skin turn yellow, then phototherapy is a must and urgent. In our case, it rebounded to bilirubin level of 19.8 which was very high and got us worried because at levels of more than 25 bilirubin level your baby can have kernicterus. Google it and you will come to know how bad it is. Bilirubin at levels more than 25 can pass the plasma layer and cause brain damage.

So be careful with jaundice treatment. The only care that you can provide at home to your newborn baby is keeping him cosy, exposing him to early sunlight, feeding him every two hours (very important). Every feed should be 40 ml. If you think the baby is overfed, no problem, he will burp it out. Overfeeding is better than underfeeding. So take care of your baby, ask as many questions as you can and do your own research. If any questions, then comment on this blog.

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