A common condition in newborns, jaundice refers to the yellow colour of the skin and whites of the eyes caused by excess bilirubin in the blood. Bilirubin is produced by the normal breakdown of red blood cells.
Normally, bilirubin passes through the liver and is excreted as bile through the intestines. Jaundice occurs when bilirubin builds up faster than a newborn's liver can break it down and pass it from the body. Reasons for this include:
· Newborns make more bilirubin than adults do since they have more turnover of red blood cells.
· A newborn baby's still-developing liver may not yet be able to remove adequate bilirubin from the blood.
· Too large an amount of bilirubin is reabsorbed from the intestines before the baby gets rid of it in the stool.
I have experience Jaundice for my 3 kids, mostly for the blood group babies of O '+ve' mothers. These babies are reported to be at high risk of severe hyperbilirubinemia (serum bilirubin level more than 16 mg/dl). When ever the nurse prick the needle for blood on bilirubin test, as a mother I feel the pain. My baby will cry and it makes me feel more sad.
How to avoid from Jaundice on the newborn:
Alfalfa is to revent jaundice in newborn. It can be prevented although the mother is blood group O. It can’t be consumed at the early pregnancy because it can induce contraction. It can be consume after 8 months onwards.
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