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Is excessive sleeping hours in a newborn a symptom of increased jaundice?

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Posted on Tue, 12 Apr 2016
Question: hi doctor I have a 12 day old daughter since yesterday she's almost continously sleeping I have to force wake her to feed or she gets up starts feeding and sleep she is also takin vitamin d3 drops and nasal drops is this sign of increased jaundice
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Answered by Dr. Sumanth Amperayani (40 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
This is not a sign of jaundice - please answer the questions

Detailed Answer:
Hi....this is not a sign of jaundice. But I have a few questions for you.

1. Has thyroid status been screened for the baby?
2. How is the baby's activity while feeding?
3. Is the baby passing motion daily?
4. Is there any yellowish discoloration of the eyes or face?
5. What is colour of urine and motion?

Get back with answers so that I can guide you further.

Regards - Dr. Sumanth
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Sumanth Amperayani (22 minutes later)
Thyroid status has been screened and normal, usually active while feeding but yesterday was mostly sleepy while feeding and woke up crying to feed up. Baby is passing motion daily , yesterday 4 times and colour yellow and urine colour yellowish transparent . yes slight discoloration on face which seems to be decreasing.
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Answered by Dr. Sumanth Amperayani (3 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Don't worry... Babies sleep 18 hours a day at this age

Detailed Answer:
Hi.... please do not worry.

At this age babies usually sleep 18 hours per day.

Your kid seems to be having a physiological jaundice which is regressing now.

At the same time if the baby is actively feeding and passing urine and motion normally you need not worry.

The most important sign of illness at this age is stopping of feeding and temperature above 101 degrees Fahrenheit.

I FEEL THAT YOUR BABY IS A WELL BABY.

Regards - Dr. Sumanth
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Is excessive sleeping hours in a newborn a symptom of increased jaundice?

Brief Answer: This is not a sign of jaundice - please answer the questions Detailed Answer: Hi....this is not a sign of jaundice. But I have a few questions for you. 1. Has thyroid status been screened for the baby? 2. How is the baby's activity while feeding? 3. Is the baby passing motion daily? 4. Is there any yellowish discoloration of the eyes or face? 5. What is colour of urine and motion? Get back with answers so that I can guide you further. Regards - Dr. Sumanth