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 jaundice is yellowing of a baby’s skin and eyes. Very common in newborn's which can occur when babies have a high level of bilirubin, a yellow pigment produced during normal breakdown of red blood cells.

 Bilirubin is processed by the liver, which  passes it through the intestinal tract in toddlers and adults. , It's quite different with a newborn’s still developing, the liver may not be mature enough to remove bilirubin.jaundice will disappear within 2 to 3 weeks. If it exceeds 3 weeks, then there could exist an underlying condition.

High levels of bilirubin in babies could lead to

  • Cerebral palsy
  • Deafness
  • Brain damage



Phototherapy is treatment with a special type of light. It lowers the bilirubin levels in babies blood through a process called photo oxidation.

The a process adds oxygen to the bilirubin so it dissolves easily in water, enabling the baby's liver to  remove the bilirubin from their blood.

We have the conventional and fibreoptic phototherapy. In the former, babies are laid under a halogen or fluorescent lamp with their eyes covered. While the latter, babies are laid on a blanket that incorporates fibreoptic cables; light travels through the fibreoptic cables and shines on to your baby's back. The concept behind all these is to expose the baby's skin to much light.

Multiple Phototherapy

This involves the use of multiple light and often a fibreoptic blanket at the same time. Unlike conventional and fiberoptic Phototherapy,treatment won't be stopped during continuous multiple phototherapy. Rather, milk breasts is passed through a tube into your baby's stomach, or intravenously.


In a situation where the baby is not responding to Phototherapy,the doctor might consider exchange transfusion. Which involves removing aliquots of patient blood and replacing with donor blood in order to. remove abnormal blood components.The exchange blood transfusion process can take from one to four hours on the machine and how much blood will be used during the procedure.

Local home remedy for treatment of Babies with Jaundice.


Unripe pawpaw (fruit)




Morning rays of sunlight


  • Dice your unripe pawpaw into tiny bits and soak in an air tight container for two days or more (the more it ferments, the quicker solution). Sieve out the juice and store in an air tight container ,For every quantity of pawpaw juice served,add some reasonable amount of glucose  to it,administer to your baby.
  • Give your baby 0.6ml dose of Ampiclox oral suspension.
  • Always place baby under the rays of morning sunlight.


Baby's stool will contain a threadlike yellowish substance. Once it stops appearing then your baby has succeeded in passing it all out. 

Eyes is clear white no longer yellowish in color.

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