How to Treat Jaundice

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Treat Jaundice

How to Treat Jaundice. Jaundice is not a problem but a symptom of a problem. It should not be ignored. Jaundice is the yellow discoloration of the skin or white part of the eyes which signals a dysfunctional liver. Let's look at how to treat jaundice in newborns and adults.

Place your newborn's crib near a window that gets lots of sunlight. The yellowish color of the skin means that pigments from old red blood cells are not being excreted in the bile and instead are accumulating in the bloodstream and tissues. Sunlight helps to absorb these pigments.

Know that in more severe cases of jaundice, it may be necessary to use phototherapy or bililight therapy in order to treat jaundice. These are special lights that your doctor orders your newborn to be placed under for periods of time. Protective eye covering is used and the lights absorb the skin pigments until the liver functions normally.

Make sure your infant is taking in plenty of fluid. You must breast feed 8 to 12 times a day at least. If you are bottle-feeding, follow your doctor's instructions as to amounts of formula per day. To treat jaundice properly, adequate fluid intake is extremely important.

Treat jaundice in an adult by seeking medical attention. Jaundice in an adult can be much more serious than in a newborn. An adult may require an ultrasound to check for signs of obstruction, especially if abdominal pain is present. An obstruction may require surgery. Jaundice in an adult may also be caused by a virus and may require prescription medication.

Eat healthy if you are an adult with symptoms of jaundice. Lots of fresh fruits and vegetables along with whole-grain breads can help. Of course, to cure jaundice the underlying problem must be corrected. But healthy eating can help to treat jaundice.

Tips & Warnings

  • For adults, try drinking a warm glass of water with lemon juice as soon as you wake up in the morning.
  • If signs of jaundice persist in your newborn after 14 days, call your doctor. Blood tests may be required to make sure there is no serious liver disease.

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