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August 12, 2011

Sun Tanning for Babies

All praise be to Allah SWT, DS's jaundice level has gone down.

Husband has been given him breast milk that I've pumped in addition to putting him (in his diapers only) under that skylight, and it has helped to bring down the jaundice level.

Back in the old days in Singapore, like the 60s and 70s, when people first began moving into high rise apartments built by the government, quite a number of new parents would put their babies with jaundice on bamboo poles outside the kitchen. As a result, some babies would tragically fall to their death. The government started a campaign to educate people about the danger of these homeopathy treatment for jaundice.

Information below extracted from


A bilirubin test measures the amount of bilirubin in a blood sample. Bilirubin is a brownish yellow substance found in bile. It is produced when the liver breaks down old red blood cells. Bilirubin is then removed from the body through the stool (feces) and gives stool its normal brown color.

Bilirubin circulates in the bloodstream in two forms:

Indirect (or unconjugated) bilirubin. This form of bilirubin does not dissolve in water (it is insoluble). Indirect bilirubin travels through the bloodstream to the liver, where it is changed into a soluble form (direct or conjugated).
Direct (or conjugated) bilirubin. Direct bilirubin dissolves in water (it is soluble) and is made by the liver from indirect bilirubin.

Total bilirubin and direct bilirubin levels are measured directly in the blood, whereas indirect bilirubin levels are derived from the total and direct bilirubin measurements.

When bilirubin levels are high, the skin and whites of the eyes may appear yellow (jaundice). Jaundice may be caused by liver disease (hepatitis), blood disorders (hemolytic anemia), or blockage of the tubes (bile ducts) that allow bile to pass from the liver to the small intestine.

Too much bilirubin (hyperbilirubinemia) in a newborn baby can cause brain damage (kernicterus), hearing loss, problems with the muscles that move the eye, physical abnormalities, and even death. Therefore, some babies who develop jaundice may be treated with special lights (phototherapy camera) or a blood transfusion to lower their bilirubin levels.

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