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Childhood-diseases

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Posted by: Mary | 2004/12/09

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Very White Baby

A dear friend of mine had a c/section last week and gave bith to a healthy baby girl weighing 3.3kg. This week baby got jaundiced and had to be admited again. The Dr also mentioned that he wants to run tests on baby as baby has very white skin, eyes and hair. The parents of the baby are first cousins to each other. What do you think it could be and do you think because the parents are related to each other that the baby has some problem. The Dr did mentioned that all her vital organs are functioning normal, but that he could not do the test that he wants to do becasue he has to wait 6 weeks for the jaundice to go away. Her jaundice count was 300 when she was admitted.
Your help will be greatly appreciated.

Expert's Reply

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Paediatrician

The best is to discuss these concerns with the doctor who evaluated the baby, because there are many possible causes to consider. Jaundice is very common in the first 3-10days after delivery and is not a reason for concern if uncomplicated. The best would be to provide all the support that your friend needs and for them to deal with a single doctor about their concerns.

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Posted by: Mary | 2004/12/10

The parents of the baby are both white. I think that the baby could be an albino. My question to the Dr would be what caused this? As explained earlier the parents are 1st cousins to each other and the father is diabetic.

Reply to Mary
Posted by: DM | 2004/12/09

Are the baby's parents blacks?

I have a light complexion and also have a very white baby, at the hospital, they thought she had jaundice, but she did not have. She is turning 6 months next week and she's still vey white, and people stop me to ask if I'm the mother.

On your posting, you mentioned that the baby has very whitey skin, eyes and hair,which I think the babyis an albino (not sure about the spelling)

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