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4 day old baby: developing jaundice

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With my second they scared me into supplementing with formula and he got so sick and the jaundice just got worse. I listened to a lactation consultant who said to stop supplementing and just nurse, nurse, nurse. Once the formula was out, the jaundice was gone in two days. He battled for two weeks with me supplementing.


The jaundice usually peaks at day four and disappears without treatment within 10 days. However, if levels become very high there is a risk that the pigment will be deposited in the brain causing permanent damage. To prevent this , heel prick samples will be taken to monitor bilirubin levels in your baby's blood. If they reach a certain threshold UV light or phototherapy will be given for a few hours every day.

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