Our baby had jaundice when she was three days old and we have no clue what to do about it. We hope by writing this, it would help you to know the important things and what you can do about it.
The signs of Jaundice
- Yellow-ish skin pigments appears on the forehead, cheek and eyes.
- If you apply gentle pressure on your baby forehead, yellow-ish pigments are visible.
- Your baby sleep more often than she used to be.
- Your baby is not active like normal
- Follow your heart, ask the doctor
In our case, we found slight yellow pigments appear on the baby skin and eyes on the day we are allowed to go home. But we decided to let the doctor know and check.
When we checked, the bromsulphthalein (BSP) reading is 250 and doctor had to transfer the baby to the ward where she will be treated.
Treatment for Jaundice
The most common but effective treatment is by photo therapy. The function of the blue light is to break down the bilirubin inside your baby’s body so that the liver can get rid of it.
Caution: If you visit your baby, most of the time you will hear that the baby will cry during the treatment. It is slightly hot under the blue light however this is for the goodness of the baby.
Another less hurtful treatment is the fibre optic method which only suitable for full term baby, however, it is less effective.
Things you could do to help your baby recover
- Breastfeeding. Breastfeeding. Breastfeeding. It helps the baby to feel full and calm.
- If you breastfeed your baby enough, the excessive bilirubin will also exit the body via the stools.
- Keep calm and understand that this is for the baby’s health. If you took the baby home, there is no way for you to check if the baby is recovering or worsening. High level of jaundice may affect the baby’s hearing.
My Story, as a dad…
On the same dad our baby is admitted to the ward, my wife is allowed to go back home. We then asked if there is an extra bed or room for the mom could stay to feed the baby, but we are not in luck.
We are sad, however, we have made promise that we will do anything to make sure our baby received the best. So we went back that evening and we will come back to the hospital around midnight to feed the baby.
Yes, it is hard for my wife as she had to undergone cesarean section and she had to walk for some distance in the hospital to reach the ward. We stayed there for a while and pump some milk into a designated bottle and left some so that the nurse could feed our baby with breast milk.
The doctor took the blood samples every four hours and I keep track of the baby’s progress closely. The latest test shown some improvement and the doctor had to repeat another test the next day before our baby can be discharged. Around 2.00pm the next day, another test was conducted and the results were ready few hours later. The BSP reading dropped and the doctor willingly to discharge our baby.
It is the happiest moment and my wife cried a little. As a husband and dad, you can’t deny how much a mom loves her child. And the most important thing we can do as a dad is to be the rock of calm to our wife.
From that moment, we feed our baby well with breast milk. And the baby is active again. What I can conclude from this life learning experience:
- As a dad, be the rock of calm to your wife.
- If your wife is stressed out, she can’t produce enough milk for the baby. So, it is very important for her to calm down and stay positive.
- Breastfeeding is important for newborn.
- You have no idea until this happened to you but everything happened for a reason.