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Neonatal Jaundice

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- Physiologic
- Breastfeeding
- Human Milk (aka breast milk)
- Prematurity
Food for thought
- A new therapy currently under development consists of inhibition of bilirubin production through blockage of heme oxygenase

- Bilirubin has more antioxidant capability than vitamin E (role as a free radical quencher!)

- The future may hold some different assessments and interventions with the increasing understanding of gene polymorphisms and higher prevalence of genetic screening

- There is currently some debate on long term use/effect of phototherapy (skin cancer)

- Phototherapy at home is now done at CSSS Pierre-Boucher since 2009 is going well (OIIQ)
Risk &
Neonatal Jaundice
Nursing Process:
Assessment & Evaluation
Look at:
- skin color, conjunctiva and buccal mucosa - not very reliable!
- transcutaneous bilirubinometry (TcB)
- blood test to evaluate TSB

If jaundice persists:
Fam Hx
- Previous sibling w jaund, ESP if required Tx
- Other family members with jaundice
- Known family history of Gilbert syndrome
- Anemia, splenectomy, or bile stones in family
- Known heredity for hemolytic disorders
- Liver disease

Hx of pregnancy and delivery
- Maternal illness (viral or other infection)
- Maternal drug intake
- Delayed cord clamping
- Birth trauma with bruising and/or fractures

Postnatal Hx
- Loss of stool color
- Breastfeeding
- Greater than average weight loss
- Hypothyroidism Sx
- Metabolic disease Sx (e.g. galactosemia)
-infant's weight curve evaluation

Red Flags
(in a significantly jaundiced infant)
- changes in muscle tone
- seizures
- altered cry characteristics
- decreased activity
- lethargy
- irritability
require immediate attention to prevent kernicterus

- hepatosplenomegaly
- petechiae
- microcephaly
Nursing Process:
Nursing Process:
Plan & Implement
- discuss collaboratively with parents suggested interventions
- encourage & help with breastfeeding
- phototherapy
- increase feedings (peristalsis & bacteria)
- breast milk jaundice: supplement feeds of breast milk with 5 mL of a breast milk substitute reduces level and duration
- explain exchange transfusion
- administer phenobarbital
- assess risk before discharge!
- teach neurotoxicity signs
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75% of bilirubin is derived from hemoglobin (25% myoglobin, cytochromes, and catalase)
Jaundice is the most common condition in newborn that requires medical intervention.

At the international level, the incidence is higher in East Asians, American Indians, Greeks islanders, higher altitude areas and developing countries, and is lower in Africans (lower TSB levels).

Newborns with certain genetic polymorphisms are at 3-22 times more likely to get jaundiced (e.g. UGT1A1 and OATP2)

Mortality/Morbidity: Death from kernicterus may occur, esp. in countries with less developed medical care systems. Nigeria with many babies with G-6-PD deficiency = 11% died vs 1/100 000 in Europe & North America

Sex: risk is higher in male infants

Age: risk is inversely proportional to gestational age
jaundice = hyperbilirubinemia = icterus
American Academy of Pediatrics 2004
* Provide information and written guidelines about jaundice to all parents
* Provide information and written guidelines about jaundice to all parents
Differential Diagnoses:
Biliary Atresia (blockage or absence of common bile duct between liver and small intestine)
Cholestasis (bile cannot flow from liver to duodenum)
Cytomegalovirus Infection (viral infection)
Dubin-Johnson Syndrome (defect in the ability of hepatocytes to secrete conjugated bilirubin into the bile)
Duodenal Atresia (first part of the small bowel cannot allow the passage of stomach contents)
Galactose-1-Phosphate Uridyltransferase Deficiency (Galactosemia; body is unable to metabolize galactose)
Hemolytic Disease of Newborn (ABO or Rh incompatibility)
Hepatitis B (liver inflammation due to HBV infection)
Hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid)
Pathological jaundice = bili levels that can lead to:
- hearing loss
- mild cognitive delays
- kernicterus (brain bilirubin deposits)
- cerebral palsy
- ataxia
- athetosis
- behavioral problems
Contraindications & Complications


- hepatocellular disease + elevated conjugated bili = potential
bronze infant syndrome

(dark, grayish-brown skin, serum, and urine)
congenital porphyria
(or family Hx): severe blistering and photosensitivity

Exchange transfusion:
complication rate = 12%
- infection
- portal venous thrombosis
- thrombocytopenia (decreased platelet levels)
- necrotizing enterocolitis (bowel necrosis)
- electrolyte imbalances
- graft versus host disease
- death
ibuprofen too!
- Unconjugated Hyperblirubinemia
increased bili production
deficient hepatic uptake
impaired bili conjugation
increased enterohepatic circulation
- Conjugated Hyperbilirubinemia
>10-20 % of TSB is conjugated bili
biliary atresia
thyroid abnormalities
- Kernicterus
BBB crossing of bili
Key points in
except for diapers
covered to reduce retinal damage
- distance between the infant's
and the light source
- cover inside of the bassinet with
- hang a
white curtain
around the phototherapy unit and bassinet
- when using spotlights, infant
placed at center
of circle of light
the infant
closely (especially for preterm)
- monitor
- monitor for
loss, urine
- adjust
fluid intake
accordingly: preferred fluid is
- timing of
serum bilirubin testing must be individualized
serum bilirubin values (
>500 µmol/L
) = monitoring
every hour
TSB = monitoring every
6-12 hours
phototherapy TSB
< 25-50 µmol/L phototherapy level

Key points in
exchange transfusion
- replace infant’s blood volume

1-4 hours before procedure can help
- IV
gamma globulin
can be done at the same time
+ CO
+ CO ------------------> eliminated
by lungs
Infant with acute advanced bilirubin encephalopathy (post-exchange transfusion). Note the classic facies, hypertonia with retrocollis, opisthotonus, and cephalohematoma.
48h in Canada
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