Jaundice and Your Baby – What do I need to know?

Posted on: April 26th, 2017 by Vickie No Comments

Jaundice is a very common condition and in most cases jaundice will disappear within the first couple of weeks. According to the NHS it is estimated to effect around 60% of new born babies. The symptoms usually develop a couple of days after delivery these include a yellow tint to your baby’s skin and the whites of her eyes. Jaundice is caused by higher levels of Billirubin in your baby’s red blood cells. Dr Richard Cremer made a landmark discovery in 1956 that confirmed natural sunlight could cure jaundiced babies which led to the development of phototherapy machines or light cradles across the world. If your baby is showing signs of continued jaundice after a couple of weeks then it’s important that you contact your Doctor or Midwife.

Our Top 5 Tips to help your baby’s Jaundice

  1. Wake and feed your baby small amounts and often. Stimulation is especially important as jaundice can make your baby very sleepy.
  2. Expose your baby to natural light as much as possible during the day.
  3. Check your baby’s skin and her eyes every day in natural light
  4. Breast-fed infants should have more than 8 feeds in 24hrs for the first few days after delivery.
  5. If you are having problems breastfeeding your Doctor or Midwife may recommend formula to help with the symptoms of Jaundice.

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