Welcome to Babble,
Sign Out

Get the Babble Newsletter

Already have an account? .

Go Away Billy Rubin, Go Away!

Yellow Sad Face


Yesterday, I went to my pediatrician, at the suggestion of my obstetrician, who I had seen for my 6 week check-up (at 7 weeks). She took a look at Fuzz and noticed his eyes were yellow. I had noticed that too, but I thought that was still some new-borny-ness. Turns out, that’s jaundice. Fuzz had been a bit jaundiced in his first week of life but once my milk came in it seemed to dissipate, or so I thought. So one doctor’s appointment turned into two.

Today I have to bring my tiny 7 week old baby (well, 13 lb 1oz, not so tiny) to get bloodwork. Not just a heel prick. He has to get blood drawn from his arm like a big person to check both his bilirubin levels and his liver function.

What does this mean? What should I do? Is this something that will negatively affect him for life? What happens if my son is jaundiced 7 weeks after birth?

I went home and googled.

Bad idea.

What if the jaundice is caused by my breast milk?  Of course, because I was just bragging about the deliciously fattening quality of my breast milk.

Another symptom of jaundice is a very mellow baby. Fuzz is a lot more mellow than Shnook. I thought it was just because…he was mellow. Can’t I just have a mellow baby without him having a liver problem?

And here I was thinking he just had his Dad’s Mediterranean skin.

Anyone else have experience with a jaundiced infant?

Tagged as: , , ,

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, profile photo and other personal information you make public on Facebook (e.g., school, work, current city, age) will appear with your comment. Learn More.