You may initially suspect your newborn having jaundice when you notice a yellow tinge to their skin and eyes. A child with newborn jaundice will have elevated levels of bilirubin in their blood. The body creates bilirubin as it replaces red blood cells. The liver usually breaks down bilirubin and removes it from the body. When that process fails, bilirubin accumulates causing your baby’s skin and the whites of their eyes to take on a yellow hue.
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Severe newborn jaundice can occur when the baby has an increased number of red blood cells the body needs to replace. Early infant jaundice can also result from some medications, infections present at birth, low oxygen levels, prematurity, and sepsis.
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Careful monitoring during the first five days of life can prevent most cases of jaundice. If newborn jaundice led to more serious medical issues like kernicterus for your baby, seek medical help immediately, then consult an attorney to get the legal help you need and deserve. You may be able to file a lawsuit to recoup medical-related expenses.
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Infant Jaundice May Be A Boon For Babies
Jaundice in newborns is quite common, especially in premature births. If this isn’t controlled soon after birth, dangerous conditions like kernicterus can develop. But why does jaundice happen in babies in the first place? Science may have an answer now. iNews reports.
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After an earlier experience with a baby undergoing sepsis that was also receiving jaundice treatments, Richard Hansen created a study at the University of Aberdeen to look at the relationship between bilirubin, the chemical that builds up in someone with jaundice, and bacteria grown from babies who were septic.
The results of the study showed that even a little rise in the level of bilirubin reduced the growth rates of Gram-positive Streptococcus agalactiae by altering the bacteria’s substrate metabolism.
Now the researchers hope to move on to animal testing to see if the same effects can be seen in animals rather than just blood cultures. If the hypothesis that bilirubin reduces the chance of sepsis bears out, it could lead doctors to raise the acceptable bilirubin threshold in babies and reduce the chances of post-birth infections in premature children.
We look forward to hearing about future results. Infants infections can cause brain damages and developmental difficulties just like conditions like kernicterus can.