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Is it necessary to admit a new born baby in ICU for therapy in order to reduce the risk of jaundice?

Is it really necessary pricking the new born twice to take blood and check bilirubin levels? Looks inhuman. Heard that exposure to morning sunlight can solve this problem. And that photo therapy is meant for countries where it is rare to see sun.

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Dr Sujit Kr Sharma

  BHMS

Replied 2017-03-23 07:47:01 UTC

Hi,
Newborn jaundice is very common and usually settles down within two weeks of the baby's birth. Jaundice occurs much less frequently in older children. But when it does happen, it is a warning sign that something is wrong with the normal processes of the body and needs to be treated.
For this, any treatment must be given only if it is required. Photo therapy is okay. But I think Sunlight is the best, but along with care and precaution. 
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