Health The Family

J- Jaundice

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!


Hazel Newhouse

Hazel is a mum to 3 daughters and a son, she lives in Bedfordshire with her husband, kids and pets. Hazel has written for various publications, and regularly works alongside popular parenting and gardening brands.

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  1. My son was quite badly jaundiced when we got him home from teh hospital and teh first night home he didn’t feed at all. I was in such a flap about what to do as my midwife didn’t turn her phone on until 9.30am when she stareted work – never occurred to me I could still phone the hospital for advice. I got told off (gently) for letting it go on so bad, and forced into a feeding frenzy to stop him having to go back into hospital as he was borderline for needing treatment. Fortunately it all cleared up fine, but I wish I’d had a bit more advice available before I left the hospital, especially as he was obviously jaundiced when we left. Great article.

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