Neonatal jaundice is one of the most common diseases that happen in newborns. According to the Ministry of Health, it usually occurs in 50% of newborns in their first week of life.
Jaundice is commonly known as the yellowish colour on the skin caused by the build-up of bilirubin in blood. What is bilirubin, though?
Bilirubin is a yellowish substance produced from the breakdown of red blood cells. It is processed in the liver before being passed out into the stools.
Signs & Symptoms of Jaundice
If your baby is experiencing any of these signs, please immediately bring them to see a doctor;
Their skin turns yellow or orange
Hard to wake them up or they do not sleep at all
They are not breastfeeding or drinking from the bottle well
They become very fussy
What should parents do if your baby is affected by jaundice?
The first thing you should do, is of course as mentioned earlier, bring your baby to the nearest hospital so doctors and specialists can take a look at their condition and determine whether your baby needs to be treated using a phototherapy machine.
Secondly, make sure your baby is fed enough milk to ensure excess bilirubin is cleared out through urine and stools.
If your baby's condition needs immediate attention, please bring them to our Emergency Department as soon as possible.
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