Childhood Diseases

Posted by: KC | 2010-12-03



Hi Dr
I posted in a few days ago about my newborns jaundice. He is now just over two weeks and still appears jaundiced. I took him to the clinic for his weigh in and the sister was concerned that he still appears jaundiced but she seems to think it is due to him being under fed. I have been exclusively breastfeeding which has been going well or so I thought. Baby has been feeding well and sleeping well. However, in just over a week he has only gained 40 grams and is still just under his birth weight. I have been advised to begin two formula feeds a day to up his weight and reduce the jaundice. I have a follow up appointment in a week and I would just like to know if I should rather make an earlier appointment with my paediatrician or wait it out for another week? Is there any harm that can be done if the jaundice continues?

Expert's Reply



This is very common indeed and this kind of jaundice is known as physiological jaundice which is not usually dangerous for the baby. Also this kind of jaundice is prolonged by breast feeding in some infants. Most babies only regain their birthweight by the age of 10 days after first losing some weight in the days after birth.This is probably normal for your baby and I would not suggest that you rush into bottle feeding him as you seem to be doing well at breast feeding your baby.It all really depends on how deeply your baby is still jaundiced. He should have a test done to measure his bilirubin levels. It would be best to ask your paediatrician to see your baby earlier.

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