Neonatal Jaundice

Neonatal Jaundice

  Autor Institutul pentru Ocrotirea Mamei si Copilului - Promovarea alaptarii Data: 23.08.2005

Neonatal Jaundice

During their first week, the newborns often have a yellowish color of the skin (jaundice) and eyes. This is due to the fact that their liver cannot deal with the metabolism of bilirubin which is responsible for the yellow coloring in jaundice. The rapid maturation of the newborn's liver makes the jaundice diminish and disappear in a few days.

In order for the jaundice not to get worse, don't forget to:
- feed the child immediately after birth! The colostrum will act like a mild laxative which will help eliminate the meconium (the first stool which is dark green), and the bilirubin. This helps prevent and reduce the severity of jaundice.
- breastfeed the child frequently, day and night without restrictions!
. don't give him liquid supplements (water, glucose, artificial milk)! He will suck less.
If the newborn doesn't want to suck more, give him a cup of milking breast milk as a supplement.






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