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6 weeks old baby was observed jaundice at birth with unbalanced bilirubin level. How to get out of this symptom ?

Hi, My daughter is of 6 weeks old. she was observed jaundice at birth with bilirubin level11.0(total) 0.9(direct) and doctor said no medication needed. after 4 weeks we met another doctor he again tested blood now the bilirubin levle Total 8.7 and direct is 5.2 he said nothing to worry but use the medicine it will be cured with in 15 days slowly. after using mediceine for 3 days we went to another doctor and he had a blood test again and now the bilirubin levels are total 9.7 and direct 0.9 he suggested photo therapy and to avoid human feed. but the kid is not drinking the milk formula after three days of Photo therapy we tested blood again and now the bulirubin levels are at total 7.8 and direct 5.2 We stopped the photo therapy and continue to human feed. Plz suggest me how serious it is and how to get out of this. Thanks Joy Martin
Fri, 22 Apr 2011
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My daughter had jaundice. I would continue to feed an normal. Have u tried sunning her? I know it sounds weird to have a baby suntan, but that is what the photo therapy is, only this way is natural!
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Hi,Joy first of all congratulation on birth of baby girl.I know you are stressed at this point with obvious reason.Please do not worry.Normally in most of infants jaundice occurs on 3rd of birth and it last up to one week.This is normal and physiological.In some cases because of some reason,say infection or Rh incompatibility this jaundice increases and last for more days.In such case doctor advise photo therapy.Please keep a one doctor and follow him,your child should be fine.
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