How To Get Rid Of Jaundice?
Jaundice causes an infant’s skin to show a yellowish tone, especially in the face and then on the chest and/or stomach. As jaundice advances, it can even cause the legs to appear yellow and the infant may have a yellow tint in the whites of the eyes.
Not only is it important for a doctor to examine a newborn thoroughly, it is crucial for the parents to watch closely for signs of jaundice. This condition can cause great concern for parents because some infants must be treated with an exchange transfusion to correct the red-blood cell level and the bilirubin level. Jaundice is caused by improper levels of red-blood cells and high levels of bilirubin, one ingredient in human blood.
Infants with jaundice may also be treated with light treatment (also known as photo-therapy). A specific type of lamp is used to lower the bilirubin level. The light transforms bilirubin into a form that can be eliminated from the body more easily. Infants treated with phototherapy may be in an incubator, under the light, for two days or slightly longer.
In addition to the treatment given at the hospital, parents sometimes bring home a special light-blanket that has the same effect on bilirubin levels as phototherapy in the hospital. This advance in treatment has made caring for a jaundiced baby much easier, since the light-blanket can be used as any other blanket would be. The light level and type is not harmful and requires no special covering for the baby’s eyes.
Jaundice may also occur in older children and in adults. The causes include blood disease, hepatitis, cirrhosis, infections and even reaction to some medications. In these cases, the patient must consume a selection of juices for at week, while taking in no other food or liquids. This is called a juice-fast. Recommended juices are: orange, pear, lemon, grape, beet, carrot and sugarcane.
Adults and children who are afflicted with jaundice as a disease as described above will probably be subjected to a daily enema so that toxins will not be absorbed in the intestines. The juice-fast should be continued until visible symptoms are gone. These procedures should always be undertaken with the assistance and advice of a doctor.
Recent studies show that increased intake of several specific vitamins also helps the recovery process. Vitamins C, B, and E might be of some help in this situation. It is important to continue getting enough of these vitamins even after symptoms of jaundice have disappeared.Category: Diseases & Conditions, Health