Newborn Jaundice and Birth Injuries

When Does It Become Dangerous?

In rare cases, newborn jaundice can be dangerous to a child. Some of the rare circumstances include:

  • Blood mismatch between the mother and child
  • Abnormal blood cell shapes
  • Bleeding under the scalp due to a difficult delivery
  • A higher level of red blood cells

Newborn jaundice should be closely monitored, and if it worsens, seek medical attention as soon as possible. Be aware that medications for infection, hypoxia, or other related injuries can worsen the condition.

How Long Should Jaundice Last in Newborns?

Normally, this condition will develop in a child who is two to four days old. It may last up to two weeks after birth. If the condition worsens at this time, seek medical attention as soon as possible. In some cases, the child could have hyperbilirubinemia, a condition of too much bilirubin in the bloodstream.

How Do You Treat Jaundice?

First and foremost, consult with your doctor. Most of the time, this birth disorder goes away on its own after two weeks. The doctor may ask that you keep a close eye on the condition or recommend that a nurse help you monitor the child’s feeding habits and other factors. Few treatments are available, though the doctor may recommend blood transfusion to replace the hyperbilirubinemia blood in severe cases.

Jaundice can lead to Kernicterus, a rare disease that can cause brain damage. It can lead to ADHD, cerebral palsy, severe intellectual disabilities, and death. Under most circumstances, jaundice will go away on its own without the need for intervention. However, ignoring worsening symptoms may leave your child with a lifetime of disabilities.