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Jaundice (cont.)

Self-Care at Home

The objectives of home therapy include symptom relief and managing the medical condition causing the underlying jaundice. The various measures that may be undertaken include:

  • Maintain adequate hydration by drinking fluids, and rest as needed.

  • Take medications only as instructed and prescribed by a health care practitioner.

  • Avoid medications, herbs, or supplements which may cause detrimental side effects. Consult a health care practitioner for advice.

  • Avoid drinking alcohol until the patient has discussed it with their health care practitioner.

  • Certain dietary restrictions may be recommended by a health care practitioner.

  • In certain cases of newborn jaundice, the parents or caregivers can place the baby next to a well lit window a few times a day to decrease elevated bilirubin levels. In more severe cases, a health care practitioner may need to discharge the baby home from the hospital with home phototherapy.

  • Provide adequate milk intake for the baby in cases of breastfeeding jaundice.

  • If symptoms worsen or if any new symptoms arise, consult a health care practitioner.
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