How long does jaundice last?

Kimberly - posted on 07/22/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My little boy was born at 35 weeks and had jaundice. He went in for photo therapy to help get rid of it. It's been about 6 weeks since he went in and while the jaundice looks like it's getting a lot better, it's still there. He's breast fed so I don't know if that had anything to do with how long he has it. Does anyone know how long it takes for jaundice to go away or anything that would help it go away faster?

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My one son was also born at 35 weeks and he had the yellow/orange tint to him for about 2 months. He too had photo therapy while in the NICU. Our ped. kept an eye on him and told us to make sure he got as much sunlight exposure as possible. Also, he told us to feed him as much as possible because they get rid of the billirubin when they poop. I wish your little one the best!

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Debbi - posted on 07/24/2009

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Yes, breastfeeding can prolong or cause jaundice. My son had it with phototherapy at birth, but then he continued with high bili levels for a few weeks. I think it just depends on the baby. I would definitely check with your ped and see what they say.

Alari - posted on 07/23/2009

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Hang in there my daughter was born at 32 weeks she was jaundice but that was 7 yrs ago they used a Billiruben (sorry not sure how that's spelled)and it cleared up rather quickly not sure if that is the same as photo therapy. It will pass.

Megan - posted on 07/23/2009

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My daughter was 6 weeks early and born with jaundice. The doctors never gave her phototherapy because they said she was pretty healthy. She is now 10 weeks old (today actually) and still has jaundice. My doctor told me that premature babies could have jaundice up to 4 months of age. He also said that it helps to have them in the sun (not direct sunlight of course). Over time though, he said it would just go away on its own once babies liver enzymes start to work better! So I wouldn't worry :)

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