Are you a parent? Especially a mother? Have you nursed a child? Ever heard of Jaundice?
Jaundice is a neonatal illness that usually starts with the yellowness of the eye and the skin that is caused by an excess of bilirubin in the blood.
Dr. Ejike explained that jaundice is a sign that something is wrong in the liver. Jaundice most often occurs as a result of an underlying disorder that either causes overproduction of bilirubin or prevents the liver from disposing it, both of which results in the bilirubin being deposited in tissues.
“Biliriubin is a product of red blood cell breakdown, which is a normal process. Usually, the liver gets rid of bilirubin, and then a processed form of bilirubin goes from the liver to the digestive tract and bowel. Finally, the bilirubin comes out of the body in poo, but because the liver of the child is immature and unable to remove all the bilirubin as fast as it’s been produced, the excess of that bilirubin now spills into the blood and that’s why jaundice occurs” he said.
According to the expert, Jaundice can easily be treated but if left untreated, it can lead to brain a damage. He advised that mothers should always take their children to the hospital the moment they notice symptoms of jaundice or any other illness.
For more on the disease, its management and treatment, listen to the full interview.