Baby with jaundice

C - posted on 06/08/2009 ( 13 moms have responded )

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Hello: I had a baby girl on May 30th and on day 2 she developed jaundice. She is now a week old and she still has it. I thought it started to go away after day 4 or 5? Does anyone have experience with this, how long it lasts and when to be concerned? Any input at this point would be helpful. Thanks.

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Kyla - posted on 06/18/2009

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Hi, are you exclusively breastfeeding? If so then she has what is called breastfeeding jaundice. It develops because her liver is immature and she hasn't gotten full milk yet. If you are breastfeeding, has your milk come in? Does she suck properly. If your milk is in and she isn't getting it, then I would pump it and give it to her. If you are not breastfeeding and she is jaundice, I would call your pediatrician. There are other conditions that can cause jaundice. Please let me know how it turns out. My son was born at 5lbs 13 oz at 38 weeks and I was trying to exclusively breastfeed. I thought he was doing fine but he developed jaundice for that reason I mentioned above. My milk had come in and he was not a very good breastfeeder and wasn't getting any milk. I was stubborn and continued to try and just breastfeed. He ended up having to be admitted for phototherapy (which is just where they put the baby until lights to get rid of the jaundice) because he was eating enough. This happend on day 4 of life, So I would see your pediatrician if you can.

Angela - posted on 06/16/2009

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Hello,

I had my son on May 30th, and he had a little jaundice also. I definitely recommend taking him for short walks outside to get some sun. Also, keep your daughter on a regular feeding schedule and make sure that she's getting enough to eat per feeding. Our pediatrician recommended both of these tips and it cleared up in about 6 days. Best of luck!

Felisha - posted on 06/12/2009

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hey i had my son on may 23rd and he had jaundice and it wasnt bad at birth but on the 25th the did testing and his jaundice level had went up so they put him on photo thearpy and it really helped.

Tara - posted on 06/11/2009

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I had my daughter on May 23rd and her levels have gotten high enough twice to be admitted to the hospital. They think hers is breastmilk jaundice and it will just have go away with time. Her levels were still 12.4 Tues. So we still have moderate jaundice but her doc said it will eventually go away when her liver matures.

C - posted on 06/11/2009

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Thanks everyone. Went to the doctor today, and he said she is looking better, not to worry. She is only yellow on her chest, face and eyes now, so she is getting better!! :)

Anna - posted on 06/09/2009

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My little girl was born on the 19th and her jaundice took the best part of 2 weeks to completely go. She was very sleepy most of the time we think because of it. I took her out in the sun for a few minutes every couple of days and woke her for feeds every 3hrs. Sun and fluids I've been told are the best to help get rid of it. But definitely talk to your doctor if you're concerned.

Do'Che - posted on 06/09/2009

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my baby was born on the 18 and they said to give him plenty of sunlight so now he looks better and his eyes cleared up but i'll wait to her from the dr b4 i get my hopes up too high

Heidi - posted on 06/09/2009

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My little guy also has jaundice, he was born on May 29th, his level was 11 when he left the hospital and had a Pediatric appt 2 days later after we went home from the hospital. The Dr said his level was good and was anything to be TOO concerned about, she said if it was 20 then there was cause for concern. She said as long as his poo has a yellow color to it that the jaundice is going away and that it will leave from the head down, she also said to have him down to his diaper and stand by a window for about 15 minutes a day to get some sun and that should help the jaundice go away too.

Nadine - posted on 06/09/2009

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My boy was also born on 30 May with slight jaundice. I take him out in the late afternoon and we sit in the sun for a few minutes. I also wake him every 2 hrs for a feed so that he gets lots of liquids in to help the kidneys flush themselves. Mine has started going away even the doc was impressed! As Emily said the yellow eyes are the last to go! Good luck!

Emily - posted on 06/09/2009

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My daughter had it right after birth, and we had her on a bili-bed for a few days....her levels went down, but she still looks a bit yellow. I asked the doctor yesterday, and he said that it takes a while to leave the system completely, and the whites of the eyes are the last to change. Try not to worry too much, but if you think it's getting worse, call your doctor. Hope this helps ease your mind a bit.

Rachel - posted on 06/09/2009

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i had my son the 24th may an he devolped jaundice when he came home in his eyes an across his eyes,hes still slightly got it apparently the sun meant to help it go and there feeds.xx

Rachel - posted on 06/09/2009

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i had my son the 24th may an he devolped jaundice when he came home in his eyes an across his eyes,hes still slightly got it apparently the sun meant to help it go and there feeds.xx

Rachel - posted on 06/09/2009

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i had my son the 24th may an he devolped jaundice when he came home in his eyes an across his eyes,hes still slightly got it apparently the sun meant to help it go and there feeds.xx

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