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    What causes weight loss in infants post phototherapy for neonatal jaundice?

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Posted on Tue, 19 May 2015 in General Health
Question: Hi I delivered a baby 23 days ago his birth weight is 3 kg and he got jaundice after 3 kg and kept under photo therapy for one and half day while discharging after 5th day is 2.6 kg and after 2 weeks he is 2.83 now is that a normal weight gain or poor weight gain and also I'm giving vitonova ,aristozyme and vysenerol syrup .may I know the use of it
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Answered by Dr. Arun 19 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Not adequate gain

Detailed Answer:
Hi
Thanks again for writing.
It is normal for babies to lose weight in the first week of life.
If phototherapy had been given for neonatal jaundice then weight loss could be more due to dehydration.
Don't worry.
The other reasons could be inadequate milk output in the first few weeks of life. This will improve with continuous breastfeeding.
The weight gain has been less I agree but no need to start any formula just for this.
1. Continue round the clock breastfeeding. The more the baby sucks the more milk output.
2. You need to drink plenty of liquids like milk and juices atleast three litres everyday.
This will improve your hydration bloodsupply to breasts.
3. The vitonova is multivitamin, aristozyme is a digestive thing and vysenorol is iron.
I will advise you to continue two ( except aristozyme which is not helpful and unnecessary, babies digest breastmilk easily).
Wishing you and your baby good health.
Regards
Dr Arun
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Arun 19 minutes later
Thanks but my baby has increased 230 grams in 13 days does it not a normal weight gain
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Answered by Dr. Arun 17 minutes later
Brief Answer:
should have regained birth weight

Detailed Answer:
Babies should regain birth weight atleast by 15 days.
400 to 450 gram expected in the past 15 days.
Though inadequate I am not saying you need to do anything more than the things mentioned in the earlier answer.

Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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