4th European Congress on Pediatrics and Neonatology
Event on: November | 16-17 | 2023
Belstay Roma Aurelia, Rome, Italy
Neonatal jaundice is common in preterm babies. Excess bilirubin is the main cause of jaundice. Bilirubin, which is responsible for the yellow color of jaundice, is a normal part of the pigment released from the breakdown of "used" red blood cells. The cause is often an immature liver. Infection, medications, or blood disorders may cause more serious cases. Symptoms include yellowing of skin and the eyes. In many cases this is a normal process and occurs in about 2/3 of all healthy newborns.
4 types of Jaundice in new borns:
Phototherapy can help resolve moderate or severe cases. Sunlight has been shown to break down the bilirubin most effectively; in fact, one hour of sunlight equals 6 hours under the special bilirubin lights at the hospital.