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What should I do if my premature baby has jaundice?

Jaundice is too much bilirubin in the bloodstream. It makes the skin look yellow, and can make your baby extra sleepy.

Jaundice usually goes away on its own, but if it’s severe it can cause other problems. Since your baby may have more jaundice than a full-term baby, do the following:
 
     • Feed your baby 6 to 8 times in the first 24 hours, and 8 to 12 times a
       day after that.

     • Keep track of your baby’s messy diapers: From birth until your baby 
       is four days old, he should have at least one messy diaper every
       day. After he is four days old, he should have four messy diapers a 
       day. Having four messy diapers tells you that he’s getting enough
       milk to get rid of the jaundice and begin gaining weight.

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