Jaundice in Texas

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Jaundice is a common condition in newborn babies, identified by yellow-colored skin and yellowing of the whites of the eyes. The condition results if bilirubin (a yellow byproduct produced from the destruction of red blood cells in the liver) emerges because the newborn's still-maturing liver cannot destroy or rid it from the body quickly enough. Mild jaundice is often found in premature babies and typically settles in 1 – 2 weeks. The condition could also happen due to blood type incompatibility between the mother and baby, insufficient breast milk supply, bruising or other internal bleeding during delivery, enzyme deficit, infection, liver disease, or abnormal red blood cells. If your baby has jaundice, you may want to contact a gastrointestinal doctor. You can see a nearby provider in Texas at Texas Digestive Disease Consultants.

Signs of extreme jaundice are a fever higher than 100°F, increasing yellowish color, trouble sucking or feeding, excessive sleeping, and loud crying. The severity of jaundice isn't discovered just through a visual examination, so your specialist typically requests a blood panel to check the bilirubin levels. Our Texas Digestive Disease Consultants providers may advise additional tests, such as blood type, RBC count, and blood type mismatch, to confirm an existing problem.

Depending on the scope of jaundice, various options for treatment are accessed. Our Texas providers might recommend jaundice treatment that involves increased feedings (up to 12 daily). Severe instances may necessitate light therapy, which utilizes a blue wavelength light to destroy bilirubin. If your newborn has a very elevated buildup of bilirubin and phototherapy has not effectively addressed their condition, they may require a blood transfusion to exchange the damaged blood with normal blood cells. Throughout a transfusion, we will give your baby blood cells from a corresponding donor containing healthy blood. Our team can check the baby's blood within a few hours to see whether the procedure was viable.

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When your child is dealing with jaundice, you might have some apprehension regarding their overall vitality and well-being. We want to assure you that jaundice is common and fixable. Our Texas Digestive Disease Consultants providers can address jaundice and other ailments that impact the liver and the surrounding gastrointestinal tract. If you're looking for a digestive health doctor offering care for jaundice in Texas that you can depend on, reach out to our practice today.

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