Jaundice : Treatment
Jaundice is a yellow color in the skin, the mucous membranes, or the eyes. The yellow pigment is from bilirubin, a byproduct of old red blood cells.
The cause of jaundice must be determined before treatment can be given. Therapy prescribed is followed to treat the underlying cause.
Prognosis is based on the underlying cause of jaundice. The liver is a very resilient organ, and many patients do well after supportive therapy or surgical intervention for acute causes of jaundice. High bilirubin levels themselves are not dangerous to patients other than neonates, so all symptoms of high bilirubin levels are reversible if the underlying condition is treatable
Feed babies frequently and don’t let them become dehydrated.
With jaundice, the important thing to prevent is kernicterus — toxic levels of bilirubin accumulating in the brain. Early identification and treatment of jaundice will usually prevent kernicterus, whatever the cause.
Beyond this, jaundice is a symptom of other problems that have their own prevention strategies.