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Yellow skin and eyes but no symptoms of jaundice. What is causing this ?

hi sir i want to ask for my nephew he was born on 15-04-2011 physically he has no signs and symptoms of jaundice but on 19-04-2011 after first baby bath he had yelllowish skin and eyes were also pale.his bilirubin was 38.0mg after 4 days of phototherapy and blood transfusion his bilirubin is 15.0mg so i wanna ask that what complications are gonna develop and is there any treatment of that complication.
Sun, 24 Apr 2011
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Approximately 20-25 % of new born baby develop neonatal jaundice,depending upon many factors.If parents & doctor are alert it is generally detected before the serum bilirubin is less than 10.& it requires no treatment in majority of cases.If it crosses more than 10 ,photo-therapy alone is sufficient in majority of case.If above 20-25 it requires blood exchange or you can call blood transfusion.As in you case it was 38 mg % so photo-therapy & blood exchange both were indicated.So doctor hav given you proper & right treatment.
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