How To Deal With Jaundice?
I want to ask, I have a child who is 2 weeks old, in 4 days after birth his eyes start to turn yellow, I have tried to be dried in the sun and breast milk intake and his child is always breastfeeding, whether from defecating his yellow and small yellow reduce the intensity of his jaundice?
Thank you for the question.
Yellow in newborns generally indicates high blood levels of bilirubin. Not only the eyes and skin appear yellowish, high bilirubin in infants will generally also make the stools paler and the urine more concentrated. Most often, this condition is physiological (normal), and occurs because the baby's liver function is not optimal like an adult, so that tidam is able to metabolize bilirubin optimally and cause bilirubin to increase.
The color of urine and feces that change due to high bilirubin will not necessarily make the level of bilirubin in the blood decreases. As long as the cause of the increase in bilirubin has not been resolved, the bilirubin level in the blood will remain high.
Yellow in physiological babies will generally improve in 1-2 weeks without dangerous complications. However, if the yellow in your baby appears very early (when the baby is still less than 24 hours), accompanied by a baby who appears limp, less active, rarely cry, lazy to suckle, fever, or other severe complaints, you should consult a doctor directly or pediatrician. Concerned that, apart from physiological processes, the yellow that your baby is experiencing indicates that he is not getting enough milk, experiencing blood type incompatibilities with the mother, liver and / or bile disorders, infections at birth (eg rubella, syphilis), hypoxia (lack of oxygen) , lack of enzymes, genetic disorders, or also side effects of certain drugs. By going directly to the doctor, of course the doctor can evaluate the possible causes of his complaints, then give him the best treatment.
In the meantime, you can continue to give your baby milk whenever he wants. Do not forget, your baby is also drying in the sun before 9 o'clock in the morning and after 15 o'clock in the afternoon so that your baby's yellow gets better.
I hope this helps.