||Home Remedies for Children's JAUNDICE (IN NEWBORNS)
Many babies develop a mild form of jaundice two to four
days after birth. The skin has a golden, sun-tanned
appearance and the eye whites have a yellowish tinge.
Newborn jaundice is due to the build-up of a yellow
pigment in the blood (bilirubin) normally broken down by
the liver. It occurs because the liver is not yet fully
matured. Jaundice is more common in premature babies
and in babies bruised during birth.
Jaundice can also recur as a result of rhesus incompatibility
- for example, when a mother with rhesus negative blood
gives birth to a rhesus-positive baby. Nowadays this
problem is almost sure to be anticipated before the birth,
and steps taken to minimize the consequences.
- Breastfeed your baby frequently. Plenty of fluids are
needed to flush away the bilirubin.
- Expose baby to sunlight as often as possible, but be
wary of the dangers of sunburn on hot summer days.
If it is chilly outdoors, make sure baby is bundled up
well, exposing only his face to the sun's rays.