Jaundice in newborns occurs in the form of yellowing of the eyes and skin. Bilirubin (yellow liquid produced by the liver), which causes jaundice in the newborn, reaches its highest level in the period when the baby is 3 to 7 days old.
That is why it is important that the baby is checked by a doctor during this period.
Jaundice occurs in 60% of healthy, timely born babies and 80% of premature babies. As soon as jaundice appears, a doctor should be consulted.
This disease, which can last up to several weeks, is followed by a physical examination and laboratory tests.
Most of the jaundice seen in newborn babies is physiological jaundice that does not require treatment.
If it is found that the baby has mild jaundice, then there is no need for treatment.
During this period, it is important that the mother receives plenty of fluids and continues to breastfeed her baby frequently.
Jaundice that occurs in the first 24 hours after birth is always caused by a disease. Conditions such as prolonged jaundice (lasting more than 14 days) and severe jaundice are again a sign of illness. These cases may require hospitalization.