Types Of Jaundice In Newborn Babies

When you deliver a baby, he/she is more likely to develop jaundice immediately after birth. Though, most of the times it is temporary, some cases may prove to be fatal. To take proper care of your newborn baby you should know about the types of jaundice that can affect the newborn babies. Some of them are mentioned below.

Physiologic Jaundice: This kind of jaundice is also known as normal jaundice. Physiologic jaundice may develop between one and five days after the baby’s birth. In some cases this kind of jaundice is noticeable within 24 hours whereas in many cases it may be noticed after 24 hours. It is considered to be serious to some extent, and needs medical attention. This type of jaundice occurs because the baby’s liver remains immature. This causes slow bilirubin process.

You can observe color (skin color becoming yellow) change after 24 hours which goes on increasing till 3rd or 4th day. But as your child’s liver becomes mature, this kind of jaundice disappears after a week.

In some cases it may take about two weeks to disappear. Though physiologic jaundice doesn’t cause any problem, you need to keep reporting your doctor for the latest developments to avoid any kind of b

Breastfeeding Jaundice: This type of jaundice is related to your milk. If your child is deprived of your milk he/she may suffer from breastfeeding jaundice. Whether you find it difficult to feed your baby or your child doesn’t consume milk in sufficient quantity or the milk supply in your breast is less; in all these conditions your child doesn’t get sufficient breast milk which leads to dehydration.

This may extend and strengthen physiologic jaundice. Due to dehydration, your child’s body, which remains in the immature stage, is unable to remove bilirubin from his/her system. If you breastfeed your child in sufficient quantity (at every 4 hours or less) your child may not develop breastfeeding jaundice.

Breast Milk Jaundice: This type of jaundice develops when mother’s milk contains some substances that increase bilirubin level in the baby. This kind of jaundice appears after three-four days and gradually increases over three to twelve weeks.

Blood group incompatibility: In this case jaundice appears because mother’s blood group is different from her baby’s.

Whatever be the case, you should not get panic and keep reporting your doctor about your baby’s condition.

Rakesh Kumar Lakshman

Written many famous TV serials including Health Based TV Shows, several articles and stories for various renowned magazines and also written articles for websites.