Friday, November 2, 2007

We have Jaundice. . .

For anyone who doesn't know Jaundice is a yellowish discoloration of the skin (and sometimes eyes). It's an increased levels of bilirubin. It probably harmless, lots of babies get it, but it could cause brain damage or hearing loss.

For us it means we have to sit by and watch our little man glow blue in a Bilibed (see above). A nurse will be coming to the house tomorrow to test his bilirubin. We also need to monitor his fluid intake more. So we're now only pumping and feeding him from a bottle.

So yeah it's not life threatening, but it's still a little scary to see my little guy on a piece of medical equipment. It looks like a computer scanner and when you put the blanket on top it's like a little tent. Once inside you can put his hands through little sleeves. . . he didn't like that so he pulled his hands in and pulled on his umbilical cord. So then his little hand is covered in blood and his cord is a bit looser than it was before.

Poor little guy.

1 comment:

Rodney said...

He looks so sweet there. I don't know when it happens that parents no longer grow concerned about everything. Maybe it never happens. Recently, my mother was worried about me all day when I fractured my elbows, and I'm 42 years old. I think parents never stop fretting.