In most cases, jaundice will disappear within 2 to 3 weeks. Jaundice that persists longer than 3 weeks may be a symptom of an underlying condition. Additionally, high levels of bilirubin can put a baby at risk for deafness, cerebral palsy, or other forms of brain damage.
What happens if you don’t treat jaundice in newborns?
When severe jaundice goes untreated for too long, it can cause a condition called kernicterus. Kernicterus is a type of brain damage that can result from high levels of bilirubin in a baby’s blood. It can cause athetoid cerebral palsy and hearing loss.
Should I be worried if my baby has jaundice?
Jaundice usually appears on the second or third day. If your baby is full-term and healthy, mild jaundice is nothing to worry about and will resolve by itself within a week or so. However, a premature or sick baby or a baby with very high levels of bilirubin will need close monitoring and medical treatments.
What is the danger level for babies with jaundice?
Usually it is mild. The level of bilirubin that is harmful is around 20. Reaching a level this high is rare. High levels need to be treated with bili-lights.
Do babies with jaundice cry a lot?
A baby with jaundice has skin that looks yellow. It starts on the face, then the chest and stomach, and then the legs. The whites of a baby’s eyes also look yellow. Babies with very high bilirubin levels may be sleepy, fussy, floppy, or have trouble feeding.
How can I lower my baby’s bilirubin?
Treatments to lower the level of bilirubin in your baby’s blood may include:
- Enhanced nutrition. …
- Light therapy (phototherapy). …
- Intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIg). …
- Exchange transfusion.
How do I know if my baby jaundice is getting worse?
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
- Your baby’s yellow tint gets brighter or deeper.
- Your baby is arching his or her back and has a shrill, high-pitched cry.
- Your baby seems very sleepy, is not eating or nursing well, or does not act normally.
Should I stop breastfeeding if baby has jaundice?
There is usually no need to stop breastfeeding if jaundice occurs. In most cases, doctors encourage mothers to consistently feed their baby. If bilirubin levels reach above 20 milligrams, it may be necessary to use phototherapy and stop breastfeeding for 24 hours.
How can I naturally cure my baby’s jaundice?
Newborn Jaundice Home Remedies
Sunlight helps to break down indicrect bilirubin so that a baby’s liver can process it more easily. Place the child in a well-lit window for 10 minutes twice a day is often all that is needed to help cure mild jaundice.