My son had jaundice at birth...we were tested for infection at the hospital, etc., everything was okay so we were sent home as normal...he continued to have the jaundice and was yellow for ever. I took him out in the sun as they say to do. I nursed my son also. I don't want to scare you but jaundice can be serious--there is something call hyperbilirubinemia
UVA Children's Hospital
***Who is affected by hyperbilirubinemia?
About 60 percent of term newborns and 80 percent of premature babies develop jaundice. Infants of diabetic mothers and of mothers with Rh disease are more likely to develop hyperbilirubinemia and jaundice.
Why is hyperbilirubinemia a concern?
Although low levels of bilirubin are not usually a concern, large amounts can circulate to tissues in the brain and may cause seizures and brain damage. This is a condition called kernicterus.
What are the symptoms of hyperbilirubinemia?
The following are the most common symptoms of hyperbilirubinemia. However, each baby may experience symptoms differently. Symptoms may include:
* yellow coloring of the baby's skin (usually beginning on the face and moving down the body)
* poor feeding or lethargy
The symptoms of hyperbilirubinemia may resemble other conditions or medical problems. Always consult your baby's physician for a diagnosis.
How is hyperbilirubinemia diagnosed?
The timing of the appearance of jaundice helps with the diagnosis. Jaundice appearing in the first 24 hours is quite serious and usually requires immediate treatment. When jaundice appears on the second or third day, it is usually "physiologic." However, it can be a more serious type of jaundice. When jaundice appears on the third day to the first week, it may be due to an infection. Later appearance of jaundice, in the second week, is often related to breast milk feedings, but may have other causes.
Diagnostic procedures for hyperbilirubinemia may include:
* direct and indirect bilirubin levels
These reflect whether the bilirubin is bound with other substances by the liver so that it can be excreted (direct), or is circulating in the blood circulation (indirect).
* red blood cell counts
* blood type and testing for Rh incompatibility (Coomb's test)
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Hyperbilirubinemia can cause brain damage. Stay vigilent with your doctors and do not let them just poo poo your questions away. Get them to do something more to find out what is going on if this persists. My son turned out to have a metabolic issue--he was not able to process more than just bilirubin. After his 2 month shots he fell sick for the first time--threw up his morning feeding--I took him to the doctor--they thought it was only a gastrointestinal virus---I kept calling his docs when he did not seem to be getting better---I was pushed off as a new mother -- make long story short: he had brain damage and it could have been diagnosised earlier. Doctors can do a CT scan or test cerebral spinal fluid to see if he is having an immune response that can wreck havoc with his system--my son has AGS---Aicardi Gutierre Sydrome and the key time to prevent this disorder is when it occurs between 2-5 months---shots can agravate this---There is testing in US...All the best.