Jaundice is a medical condition that occurs in babies, it is marked by a yellowish tick in a newborn baby's skin. It is often referred to as not being a severe condition and that it will clear up on its own but that is usually not the case, as not treating it well might lead to brain damage and that can cause the baby to have cerebral palsy.
Cerebral palsy is a medical disorder that can affect a person's ability to maintain a balanced posture and also move about. This condition is most common in children, it makes them have a motor disability.
Cerebral are conditions that are to do with the brain while palsy means having problems to do with muscles and also general body weakness. This cerebral palsy is what can occur to a child when their jaundice is not well treated or left to go by itself.
The major leading cause of Jaundice is because newborns babies produce more red blood cells which thereby results in higher turnover of the blood cells and that in turn causes jaundice.
It normally occurs when there's too much bilirubin in the baby's body. Bilirubin can normally be found in bile and it is a yellowish-brown substance that is created after the body's older red cells break down
Types Of Jaundice
a) Normal Or Mild Jaundice: For the fact of developing livers in babies, they are prone to have or develop jaundice. This type of jaundice is known as mild or normal jaundice and this type of jaundice normally clears out within few weeks after birth but will still be better if the baby is taken to the hospital for a proper checkup.
b) Breastfeeding jaundice: When an infant doesn't get enough breast milk, they can develop jaundice and it normally occurs when the breast milk isn't fully ready yet or fully ready for the baby to take it.
c) Premature baby Jaundice: We also have premature baby jaundice, jaundice mostly occurs in premature babies as their liver is not fully developed yet.
d) Breast Milk Jaundice: This type of jaundice is different from the breastfeeding jaundice earlier mentioned. It is actually a very rare type of jaundice and only happens to about 1 -2% of newborn babies.
It normally occurs within a week after birth and goes down a few weeks down the line and it occurs when breast milk substance makes the baby's bilirubin levels rise. The causes are not exactly known but researchers say it suspects that it has something to do with something in the mothers' milk that makes the baby's liver not break down its bilirubin properly.
e) Incompatilbilty of the blood: When there's blood incompatibility between the mother and the baby, it can cause the baby to develop jaundice. The mother's blood may produce what is known as antibodies that can cause the baby's blood cells to break down into bilirubin which in turn makes its level rise.
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The signs and symptoms normally occur a few weeks or days after the baby's birth and this condition is normally done or noticed in a week. . The major noticeable symptoms is when the yellowish tink is very noticeable, it can appear all over the body including the face as well as the toes, neck, stomach, arms e.tc
Other symptoms include:
A) Difficulty in waking up or in falling asleep
b) Not having wet diapers
d) skin or eye coloring that may turn yellow
If a baby's bilirubin is very high, please take him /her to the hospital. The doctor will put the baby under a lightening that is known as light phototherapy or light therapy in order to bring it down. this lightening fastens the breaking down of this bilirubin and if the levels are so high, the doctor might do what is known as blood exchange.
Things To Remember:
Even though it seems like your infant's baby is not increasing or mild, still see the doctor, never imagine that jaundice will go away by itself. Also, it is highly impossible to see jaundice on a dark skin baby but if you press the baby's skin and any area turns yellow, this may be an indication that your infant has Jaundice.
Please, take your baby to a doctor if you notice that your baby is always getting weak, or that your baby has a poor feeding habit and has generally stopped feeding, and if your baby has a fever of over 100 degrees, make well to your baby straight to the hospital.
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