Diagnosis of Neonatal Jaundice

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Diagnosis of Neonatal Jaundice

A physical examination, complemented with blood tests if necessary, is the common method of diagnosis of Neonatal Jaundice.

The initial diagnosis of neonatal jaundice is based on a physical examination, which is done by placing the infant by a window and checking for signs in natural sunlight. The Jaundice usually starts from the head region and can be first detected in the face. It then slowly spreads down the body and reaches the feet. At this stage the baby must be in the care of a health professional. Blood tests can also be carried out to confirm Hyperbilirubinemia.

Reference:

  1. Mather, Cotton. The Angel of Bethesda. 1724 [Reprinted in Jones GW (ed). Barre, MA: American Antiquarian Society and Barre Publishers; 1972, p. 191.

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To prevent newborns from jaundice..keep your baby well hydrated with breast milk..and Frequent feedings [up to 12 times a day] encourage frequent bowel movements, which help remove bilirubin through the stools....

mehak464

sir my baby billuribin ranges from 20-30 os this range is dangerous we also using phototherophy what u suggest.

avdhut85

sir my baby's billrubin is 17 for how many days phototherapy shud be don

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prevalence of kernicterus among Libyan full term healthy babies Discussion The results demonstrated that hyperbilirubinemia in full term otherwise healthy infants can lead to severe encephalopathy ,and what remain controversial is the bilirubin level that results in such injury, it is still undetermined whether a continuous linear relationship or a threshold level exists for bilirubin toxicity,we have noticed that all babies with serum bilirubin >40 mg developed Kernicterus ,and those with serum bilirubin ranges between 20-25mg had no kernicterus,and those with serum bilirubin ranges 25-35mg some developed Kernicterus and others had no adverse effect till now, although intellectual out come need years of follow up to declared that they are normal. we have seen that 34 babies out of 70 who received ET developed Kernicterus either because they seek medical advice late or their serum bilirubin was too high ,the other 8 babies who was not treated with ET, 5 of them developed Kernicterus on follow up . The prevalence of kernicterus among our babies was 15%,we tried to compare with worldwide prevalence.

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