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Will eating too much ginger cure jaundice in a breastfed infant?

My baby boy, only 3 days old is found with jaundice at level 22. my mother in law insist that it is ok for me to eat lots of ginger and drink only liquid that boil with ginger. As I want to continue breastfeeding, can I continue to eat ginger and drink ginger juice? I am worried
Tue, 26 Dec 2017
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Hi...no need to take excess ginger in the diet and water. By what you say I feel that your baby is having a physiological jaundice of the newborn which is a self limiting disorder. As per medical literature there is no proof that ginger can do good here. I suggest you show the baby in early morning sunlight daily for 10-15 minutes. Meanwhile please get a bilirubin checked and if the indirect component is more, you need not worry. But if the jaundice is deepening very sharply, then I suggest you get in touch with your pediatrician.

Regards - Dr. Sumanth
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