When a baby is born the colour is expected to be pink. This can be seen in the skin colour of the baby at birth. If at birth baby is given to you and colour is yellow, which can be seen in the eye, palm and in the sole of the feet of the new born. It is important to inform the midwife immediately for treatment.
The yellowish discoloration is also known as jaundice. Newborn jaundice is very common and can occur when babies have a high level of bilirubin, a yellow pigment produced during normal breakdown of red blood cells.
In some instances, jaundice can be seen after 24 hours of birth and mum notices this at home. Most jaundice will clear within 1 to 2 weeks. But mum will have to breastfeed more. Exposing baby to the sun ray through a window for about 15 minutes, 4 times daily can also be helpful.
The good news is that in most cases, newborn jaundice goes away on its own as a baby’s liver develops and as the baby begins to feed, which helps bilirubin pass through the body.
High level of bilirubin in the blood of the baby can cause brain damage. It is therefore necessary to visit the hospital to verify whether it will gradually clear or child will need additional care, usually Phototherapy or Exchange blood transfusion in very severe cases.
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