Get your health question answered instantly from our pool of 18000+ doctors from over 80 specialties
159 Doctors Online

By proceeding, I accept the Terms and Conditions

Dr. Andrew Rynne
Dr. Andrew Rynne

Family Physician

Exp 50 years

HCM Blog Instant Access to Doctors
HCM BlogQuestions Answered
HCM Blog Satisfaction
  • question-icon

    Jaundice, phototherapy, darker skin tone, cholestatic jaundice

our new born baby was pink-white at birth and first 3 days. She developed jaundice and had two rounds of phototherapy . After jaundice cleared, she started developing a darker skin tone starting with face and then body. Can this be due to phototherapy?. She does not have chloestatic jaundice. Is the myth about predicting final skin tone based on the top of the ear colour true?
Sat, 3 Aug 2013
Report Abuse
Pathologist and Microbiologist 's  Response
Neonatal jaundice is a common finding in newborns and phototherapy is the correct mode of management. However your suspicion of you child developing a dark skin tone due to phototherapy is not possible. Usually, when infants with yellow skin tinge due neonatal jaundice are subjected to phototherapy, there will be a change of skin tone from yellow colour to bleach like colour due to change of accumulated bilirubin into lesser metabolites and this is entirely normal. But phototherapy as such does not make a child look darker.
The myth that you have mentioned may not be true as there are no accurate studies to back up such claims.
I find this answer helpful
Disclaimer: These answers are for your information only and not intended to replace your relationship with your treating physician.
This is a short, free answer. For a more detailed, immediate answer, try our premium service [Sample answer]
Share on

Related questions you may be interested in

doctor1 MD

Hi my baby has had jaundice from third day to just over a month. She was born very pale like my other daughters. With jaundice she became very...

Recent questions on  Light therapy

doctor1 MD

Can I take white Cremaffin syrup while feeding newborn. My baby is one week only and I am suffering from acute constipation and gas after my normal...

doctor1 MD daughter has just finished a 10 week course of PUVA treatment no tablets just the lights. She has now discovered she is 3 weeks pregnant....

doctor1 MD

Hello doctor`s i am affected for vitiligo,from 1998 at the age of 20,started with my thumb finger,at the time i am consult doctor and taken the...

doctor1 MD

Is there any treatment for rosacea?

doctor1 MD

My daughter is African American/Caucasian and has SEVERE eczema/asthma. We tried treating with light therapy last summer but it actually made her...

doctor1 MD

Having skin decease like lotus throne in skin padda XXXXXXX

doctor1 MD

Have a client who is getting red -purple spots around joints areas that are warm to touch and sometime even blister making the joint look infected...