Jaundice in newborns
Half of all newborns develop jaundice; a yellowing of the skin and eyes. Most often, jaundice isn't a concern, but severe cases can cause serious complications.
Jaundice itself isn't a disease. In most cases it occurs because your baby's liver isn't mature enough to metabolize a molecule called bilirubin, which normally forms when the body recycles old or damaged red blood cells.
In the first few days of life, more than half of all full-term babies and as many as 80 percent of premature infants who are otherwise healthy develop jaundice, a yellowish discoloration of the skin and eyes. Although some babies are jaundiced at birth, most develop the condition during the second or third day of life. That's why you may not notice it until after your baby is home.
Jaundice treatment with Ayurveda
The yellow colour first appears in the white of the eyes and then spreads to the whole skin. Excess of bile pigment-pitta-circulating in the blood gives the skin its yellow colour. The bile does not go into the intestine as it should, and so, the stools of the jaundiced patient lose their typical brownish colour, and in severe cases, are almost whitish. There is loss of appetite and impairment of digestion. The liver is unable to digest fat and there may be a sense of fullness at the time. Nausea may also be present in certain cases because of defective digestion. If the liver is inflamed, there is also pain in the region of the organ and it is tender to touch.
Medicines & Prescriptions: The
treatment of jaundice must start with purgation. The basic theory is
that no burden be placed on the liver and for that, a daily purgative (allopaths
recommend a saline purgative) is recommended. A diuretic may also be
administered to encourage the flow of urine which will expel most of the
bile from the system.
Home Remedies: A popular method to
encourage the flow of copious urine in a patient suffering from jaundice
is to soak a piece of tender bark of the peepul tree (2"xl"x6") in water
overnight and drink the water in the morning.
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