In my A-Z challenge, today is the letter J…. jaundice.
When Willow was born, she suffered quite bad jaundice. As an evil parent, I couldn’t help but laugh at her…. she looked like the Telletubbies sun. Yellow and Awful. *Bits lip and tries not to laugh*
Jaundice is quite common in newborns and often emerges at about day 3 of life. Jaundice is caused because all babies are born with immature livers, and as something fancy (im not a doctor so I wont expain) happens and the liver struggles, causing the Jaundice.
Most jaundice usually fades after the first week, and your Midwife will keep a close eye so don’t worry.
Baby may be very sleepy, so try to feed them little and often. You may have to wake them for a feed. If baby’s jaundice is very bad they may have to go to the hospital for light treatment, also known as phototherapy- Willow has phototherapy most weekends, when we visit the grandparents, because they take loads of photos!! All jokes aside, this is where baby is stipped naked, have their eyes covered and lays under an ultraviolet light. This means regular trips to the hospital (most days) and is very time and energy consuming!
If your baby is born jaundiced the best way you can help them is to put them in some sunlight. Obviously not in bright, hot sunshine as your baby could get sunburn and it may hurt their eyes, But in nice gentle sunlight, such as in the shade. If it is a warm day, strip her down to her nappy. But make sure she does not get cold. This is what we had to do with Willow when she was first born. Our first full day home was beautiful sunlight, and I remember being sat on the door step with my tiny newborn baby, soaking up the sun. It did us both good.
Another great tip is, put your baby’s Moses basket in the window, so the sunlight shines through onto your baby, but same applies as above, make sure the sun doesn’t hurt her eyes in the bright sunlight though.
Did your little one have jaundice? Did they have to have phototherapy?
Here is Willow at a few days old, looking rather yellow!
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