Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Yellow Disease/Jaundice In Infant


What is Jaundice?

Jaundice is a disease that occurs in a few days after birth. Usually causes the baby's skin, eyes and mouth yellow. Yellow color is caused by bilirubin.

Bilirubin is made when the body releases blood cells red old. This is a normal process that happens for the rest of our lives. After that bilirubin into the intestine and kidney and whole body. If too much bilirubin is released into the body of the baby then it causes the yellow color is called Jaundice.

Jaundice is common in infants and is usually not a dangerous thing.

Why babies can be affected by Jaundice disease?

Red blood cell cycle is shorter in infants than adults. This means more bilirubin is released through your baby's liver. Sometimes the baby's heart yet mature enough to handle the amount of excess birubin.

Jaundice occurs when the baby's liver can not remove bilirubin from the blood quickly. Excess bilirubin that can not be out of the body and then assembled on the white skin of the eyeball.

This incident is common in infants with the following conditions:

· Infants born prematurely

· Infants who have a different blood type with his mother

· Infants who have abnormalities in the liver and other health disorders.

· Dehydrated babies.

· Breast-fed infants

How do the characteristics of the affected infant Jaundice?

You should see the color changes in your baby's skin. You should also check the whites of your baby's eyes and the inside of your mouth is pink. If it's yellow you may be exposed Jaundice infant.

When my son was exposed to the disease check with your doctor gently pressing the skin on the chest with a finger and it looks different colors. White fluorescent light is usually difficult for us to see differences in color, so you might check at the time of day.

Here are some of the symptoms if your baby is affected by Jaundice:

1. Baby's skin and whites of the eyes yellowish. Infants also may have yellowish on mucous membranes, such as the gums and the tongue or on the hands and feet nails.

2. Urine dark yellow

3. Looked tired and somewhat cranky

4. Your baby is less liquid/drink

How Jaundice disease treatment

If bilirubin levels are not too high usually does not need treatment. Usually doctors recommend to give breast milk or formula more often.

Just sharing the experience, when my son is a doctor having to give drugs (do not know his name) and I was advised to move the baby box/bed near the window so baby tekena morning sun. Doctors advised against tekena rays directly, but through the glass window. Apply approximately ½ - 1 hour with a note, the time between the hours of 7 to 9 am. Do not forget to give as much breast milk or infant.

Is Jaundice Dangerous for babies?

In babies born healthy and no abnormalities, jaundice is not a serious problem. But in any case a very high bilirubin amounts can be dangerous. This can cause the baby suffered brain damage.

Check into your child's doctor to check bilirubun levels, if necessary, the doctor will give medicine. This is usually to prevent the level is not too high.

How long Jaundice usually happens?

The length is different for each baby. Usually the number of bilirubun increase in 3 - 4 days after birth first, then slowly decreased. Breast-fed babies are usually affected by mild jaundice for a little longer than babies fed on formula milk. But this will not reduce the myriad of good milk.

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