Yellow Eyes - One Month Old!

Updated on May 15, 2013
B.E. asks from Orange, CA
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Hi Mamas! My baby Hannah turned one month old yesterday! In the hospital, they pulled her blood for jaundice but it wasn't a high enough score to treat her. Then they continued to monitor and check her jaundice level with the forehead thing. At the one week assessment center apt., they checked again and she was way below any risk level. Hence - she was never treated with the lights or anything BUT... she very obviously is jaundiced! Her eyes are so yellow and her face has a yellow tone to it. Her face is a completely different color than her body or feet. They told us the jaundice leaves through the head so if we see it in the eyes, it is on its way out. OK - that is what the lady told us at the one week check when her eyes were yellow! When will this go away? We've been putting her in the sun (my mom's old school recommendation) and she is pooping plenty... shouldn't it be gone by now? Thanks in advance for any advice, experience or similar situations!

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The day after I posted this, I called the lactation consultant and the doctor. We went in to pediatrician and he said that yes - she looked too yellow. He thought it was probably breast milk jaundice and wanted to do a lab test. Her blood test came back at 11.3 so the doc said the general recommendation is to give formula for one or two feedings to give the liver time to recover. I asked how much it would change the billi ruben level and he said it may take her to a 9 by Monday (this was Friday). I decided it wasn't worth it because I haven't supplemented at all and don't plan to. Everything is supposed to clear up by 8 weeks. Thank you for all your help!

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answers from Seattle on

my son had jaundice and i was told that the jaundice goes up gradually. so when he was tested at the hopital he never had it, at the two week appt is when it was noticed and 5 days later he was extremely yellow. he had to be put under the billi lights for 3 days and night straight luckily i found an in home service, but it cleared up. i'm not sure the sun really works like people say. i would get in touch with the pediatrition and ask them what they think. it could potentially go away, but better safe then sorry. best of luck

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answers from Indianapolis on

Call the pediatrician. It's impossible for any of us to tell you not to worry based upon not knowing how serious it is or not. Pediatricians expect first-time parents, especially those with newborns, to call and ask questions about things like this. Believe me, it's better to call and have them tell you simple instructions than to have to rush her to the ER a week from now.

Sunlight is helpful, but you really should have your pediatrician assess and make recommendations on how long, how frequently and if there's other intervention necessary.

Good luck.

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answers from Washington DC on

Yes they can still have jaundice at 1 month old and it makes the eyes yellow. My gut instinct as a mom would be to take her to the ped to get it checked out , that is what they are there for , yes it could still be a low level and on it's way out , but it could not , so I would call and take her in.

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answers from Chicago on

My daughter was also jaundiced. She never got the bili light or anything. They would check her levels and they would be under the risk also. I kept exposing her as much as possible to sunlight. It finally went away when she was closer to 2 months old. I guess it takes longer when you don't use artificial items. She is currently a very healthy 28 month old toddler that is really driving me crazy. :)

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answers from Johnstown on

Yes, she most likely still has jaundice. Our twins had it for several weeks after they were cleared to come home. Keep getting her some good sunlight, if even just for 10-15 mins a few times a day by a window. Make sure she eats/drinks plenty. She's allowed to have water as well as her breast milk/formula. The more you can keep her system flushed/functioning, most likely the quicker this can all be done with. Praying for you :)

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answers from Phoenix on

Are you breastfeeding? Here is something that I had with two of my four kids...called breastmilk jaundice. Get the levels checked by blood...and do NOT let them talk you into supplementing with formula for this....if the levels are just have to ride it out. My kids finally stopped being 'yellow around 2.5 months).

Breast milk jaundice
Breast milk jaundice is called such when it is found to occur for the long term in an otherwise healthy breastfed baby. This is when it when jaundice develops and continues after the baby is one week old. Breast milk jaundice may continue until your baby reaches six weeks; however, mothers are advised to continue breastfeeding if the baby otherwise appears to be of good health and is gaining weight.

Your baby’s skin might start to look yellowy and decidedly off colour, with a visible discoloration of the eyes. Breast milk jaundice may subside up to 12 weeks after birth and is a perfectly normal condition which babies develop. Some mothers are alarmed when the midwife announces that their baby has jaundice, but it is the case that many babies develop the condition but are still of utmost health.

There is no evidence to suggest jaundice causes any harm to the baby and there are only rare cases when a baby may require treatment such as phototherapy. Not enough breast milk can result in jaundice, as higher levels of bilirubin may occur if the baby is not getting enough milk. Lack of milk will in turn affect your baby’s stools and bowel movements. If your baby is feeding well this can help to bring bilirubin levels down. Encouraging your baby to latch on properly to your breast can help to get more milk to your baby.

Tests for jaundice
In some cases your doctor or health visitor may carry out some tests, as per the following:

Check your baby’s bilirubin level
Complete blood count
Blood smear to look at cells
Blood typing
Treatment for breast milk jaundice
Phototherapy can help your baby as it uses bilirubin lights to treat the skin. Phototherapy is rarely used as many babies who have jaundice do not require treatment. Your baby may need to drink more fluids or alternatively you could try expressing some milk and giving it to your baby. Treatment will be dependent on your baby’s bilirubin levels, whether your baby was born prematurely, how old your baby is, and the degree of jaundice.

What should I do if I am concerned about breast milk jaundice?
If you are concerned about breast milk jaundice in your baby you can visit your doctor who will be able to offer comprehensive advice and tips. It is important to remember that many babies do develop jaundice and that it is quite a common illness after birth. Jaundice should eventually subside but if you feel it is not going away you can consult medical personnel.

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answers from New York on

I would bring her into the Pediatrician for a check just to make sure. Def sounds like jaundice, but they should really see her to decide if they are concerned she will need treatment or if she is where they would expect her to be in terms of clearance of the jaundice. The sun can be a home help so you are already doing what you can be doing at home with out approval of the pediatrician. I would be careful about giving a baby that age anything but formula or breast milk, giving a baby water can cause water intoxication. If that is something you would consider doing make sure to at least call and run it by the pediatrician first. Good luck!

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answers from Austin on

Your baby needs to see the doctor right away.
Our baby ended up in the hospital for 4 days in the NICU..

We tried the sun treatment (MIL suggested) it was not enough..

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answers from Portland on

You need to talk with your pediatrician about this. Sounds like she needs treatment but only the doctor can say. One of my friends had to take her little one in for light treatments when he was around a month in age. It's possible that the reason for her mild jaundice did not go away and the jaundice is still present.

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answers from Las Vegas on

Wow, sounds like someone at the Drs office is'nt doing their job right. That definately sounds like jaundice. And your Mothers right about putting her in the sunlight. I don't know exactly how long it takes to go away, just keep an eye on her and if it doesn't get better take her to a different Dr.
Good Luck
S. in Vegas

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answers from Fresno on

Hi my name is Lisa my baby boy is 1 month 2 weeks and Friday he looked yellow to me then on Saturday I woke up to see him banana yellow his eyes where yellow to I took him to Valley children's hospital and they admitted him they kept him until yesterday doctors told me that tmy baby has anemia and that he needs to be seen by a specialist they had to do a blood transfusion because his blood count was down and if it went any lower it would have caused his body to shut down for not having enough oxygen going into his organs Please seek medical attention for your baby they also said it is hereditary also look up Donath Landsteiner its a rare disease there are about 400 different types of anemia and usually with babies that small if they get a virus there body does that as a reaction there white sales break down the red cells causing there body to turn yellow .... hope this helps