Prolonged Jaundice Ending...

~ Posted on Monday, November 14, 2011 at 7:57 AM ~

I have waited a while to write this post about Alyson's prolonged jaundice. I write it now as I'm seeing signs of recovery  after 2 months and I've got pictures to show it. Plus I would prefer to let her heal first then tell people about it than having more people to advise and suggesting things for us to do and making me more worried...

Now back to how it all began... We started noticing Alyson still being yellow on day 6. With Ben, we have already admitted him to the neonatal ICU (that's the only place with the bili lights) on day 5 and Ben was much much yellower than Alyson. Plus, Alyson was still alert, active, feeding, pooping and sleeping like normal with no signs of fever or anything.

But still, on day 6 we brought her to see our paed, Dr. Lam. He was a 70+ old man who is a professor in one of the leading university hospital. According to him, since it was already 6, the jaundice would have already peaked and stabilising now. He did mentioned that if we were still worried, we could bring her to the hospital. We didn't but we do continue to monitor her situation daily and even brought her out to sunbath every now and then (I actually woke up few days in a row around 7-8am in the morning and sat her on my lap and basked in the morning light)

At almost 1 month, Alyson is still yellow. To be honest, I was not at all worried but as I posted more and more pictures of her on my Facebook and we started going out as a family of 4 after 1 month, I kept hearing friends and even strangers telling me 'She looks yellow. How many weeks is she now?' and I had to explain everything. Over and over again.

As time goes by, I got worried as I kept getting and hearing and explaining about the prolonged jaundice.

Alyson at 3 weeks old...

Then I had to go for my 6 weeks postnatal check-up at the hospital where I delivered both Ben and Alyson. My gynae immediately wrote me a referral letter and postphoned my check-up and told me to get my daughter checked instead because he said my daughter looks yellow and for a 1 month old baby it is not normal.

Oh, gee! Thank you for quadrupling my worries and fears! I was herded along to register her and let the staff nurse took her blood and urine sample for testing after consultation with one of the paed there as according to the paed doctor there, jaundice after 1 month is ABNORMAL. The doctor said it could be caused by urinary tract infection, hepatitis B or thyroid. He also mentioned breastmilk jaundice and immature kidneys.

Now, I don't know how the blood and urine sample was taken as I was told to wait outside the procedure room. We have to wait for 1 week to find out the results.

Alyson at 6 weeks old after the procedure...

One week after that, I called up the hospital to find out the results. According to the nurse in-charge, Alyson's blood test was OK but there are traces of E.Coli germs in her urine and we were advised to go to hospital to collect this antibiotics for her (to finish in 7 days) after which, another urine test will be repeated to find out whether the germs are still there or not. I tried calling our own paed to seek his opinion for the next few days but nobody pick up the phone (turns out our paed was involved in a minor accident and then we had a public holiday as well which is why there's nobody at the clinic)

We then decided to take the antibiotics and started her on it the next day. For twice a day I had to measure the antibiotics and gave it to her orally via a plastic syringe. I tried some and it was sweet. No problem at all for her taking it though it pains me to see her taking medicine at a young age and we really do not want her to rely on antibiotics if possible.

Pains my heart to see my girl taking medicines at a young age...

At 2 months, we brought Alyson to our paed for her monthly vaccination and I told our paed what happened. He advised us to reconsider going for the subsequent test as firstly, we do not know how the urine sample was collected in the first place. Now nobody is saying the hospital lacks of standard or anything, but according to our paed, in order to test the urine properly, the hospital staff need to collect the urine from the purest and cleanest environment, meaning no touching other body regions or even diapers, meaning it should be taken from the urethra itself.

Everybody has germs and if not collected properly, there are bound to be germs in the urine. What if the subsequent test revealed germs again? Higher or stronger antibiotics then? My paed gave his diagnosis as immature liver for our girl because for a 2 month old baby who is eating, sleeping, peeing, pooping and active all the while and even gaining weight about 40g daily, why worry?!

Btw, my paed's grandson had jaundice for 3 months and like Alyson, was otherwise healthy, thriving and normal so they just waited it out.

Sigh... we then decided NOT to go to hospital for the repeated urine test and let it be. And guess what, these few days, I did noticed there are no more yellow tinge in her eyes. Antibiotics working? Liver maturing? Only God knows but I for sure would not want to put my girl under anymore medication or procedures unless it was absolutely necessary.

I mean come to think of it, she is healthy and active and normal. Why oh why do we go for the antibiotics?

Alyson at 8 weeks old...

So, here is the post to document down what happened. Of course, I don't mean to say that all prolonged jaundice case are normal but for our case, if we only have stronger faith and confidence (we did since we didn't rush her to hospital like Ben's case)

Alyson at 9 weeks old...

So there you go... my girl is a such a fighter!

Sorry Alyson, mummy put you under unnecessary medications!

Thank God for healing you!

Comments (28) -


It's ok. What is done is done. Your love and God's love will protect her from any harm..Smile


I'm so glad that she is doing better now!  Bella had severe jaundice which was totally new for us - and she lived in the sun on our bed for weeks!!  Listen to your gut momma Smile


Hi Jenny,

Glad that baby Alyson is getting better and I'm glad that she didn't have to go thru the those painful, unnecessary urine test.

Iggy had prolonged jaundice as well, his jaundice only cleared out when he is reaching 4 month.  As first-time mum and Iggy born prematurely, we really don't know what do to. All the while, he is healthy, active and gaining weight, just his jaundice wouldn't go away. The doctors also thought it is abnormal and ordered blood and urine test. Germ found in the urine sample as it's collected from Iggy's pee, thus antibiotic administered.  

We had a hard time getting Iggy to take the medicine, although it's sweet.  Finished antibiotic, jaundice didn't improve, but Iggy developed a thrush, which directly resulting in ending my journey to breastfeed Iggy directly.  From there onwards, I'd to pump exclusively..  

More urine test ordered.  This time using SPA method, where doctor puts a small needle through the skin of the lower part of his abdomen, and urine is collected straight from the bladder via the needle into the syringe. Even after around half a dozen of urine sample collected, the test results are inconsistent and Iggy jaundice also didn't go away.

Then one day, the jaundice suddenly go away on it own without any further medication.  If time could be turn back, I would let the jaundice run it course on it own.

ps sorry for long comment

Tracy Poh

Thank God she is alright now Smile I also hope to keep my lil' girl away from antibiotics as long as possible. You have a good paed!


Baby Hebe in her 3 weeks now, still got a bit yellowish...all this while she is active ler...I'm worried too, last few days doc just got her blood and urine test will wait for a week for the result. hopefully nothing happen...

Wanna ask u, what do you think of newborn baby having phlegm? I told doc about my baby, I keep hearing snoring sound, he said she 's her saliva doc said.

Jenny @ I'm a full-time mummy

Hey Carolyn!
Yes, so I hope this post also serves as a knowledge transfer to other mums as well..

Hey Aurie!
Yes, will do! Thanks for sharing your experience!

Hey Pauline!
Oh wow... 4 months! But I would think that's because your boy is premature and the jaundice is caused by the immature liver (like my girl though she's full term when she was born)
So sorry to hear that Iggy had to go through the painful procedures! Sigh... I'm glad and thankful you shared your experience, hope that other mummies reading this post will be able to learn more and not simply go for antibiotics!

Hey Tracy!
Yes, Dr. Lam is wonderful!

Hi Farhana!
Thanks for your compliments! Take care and wish you a safe delivery!

Hey Angeline!
Hope the results are OK. Hope you guys don't have to be in our situation! As fpr phlegm, the only time we experienced this was few months back when Ben had cough, that too, our paed advised us to just give him more water (to dilute the phlegm). Not sure how it goes for baby though... Is she having difficulty in breathing or anything because of the phelgm?

Catheryn @ PinkBibs

hi jenny,

it is good to know Alyson is no more KUNING and yes, she sure is a fighter ;)


As they say, it's was always better to be safe than sorry. I think you made a wise decision to check with the paed and maybe the antibiotics did help too. But I know what you mean about giving meds and what more antibiotics, to your young baby. It would pain me too. Glad she's alright now. SHe's so chubby cute!


Glad to hear that she is alright now. Both my sons had it for a day or two when they were born. Guess most babies have it now  a days. She looks like a fighter too, looks tough yet adorable.  


As long as the tests show that the Liver is not malfunctioned/sick, newborn jaundice should then not be considered quite much of an "illness", instead "normal".  Aiyoh, why your ob/gyn scare you by saying that a 1-mth-old baby shd not be jaundiced-looking? ;P

2 of my boys looked jaundiced for at least 2mths, by the way.


It is so wonderful that your daughter is doing better. Through your frank comments you are able to give many parents a bit of advise, a pat on the back and a hug when needed.

Jenny @ I'm a full-time mummy

Hey Catheryn!
Yes she is! Thank you!

Hey Germaine!
Yup, better be safe than sorry, true true. Thanks for your compliments on my chubby girl! Smile

Hey Aries!
Yes, nowadays more babies getting jaundice Frown

Hi Karmeleon!
Any parents would worry when they hear the word 'abnormal', what more coming from a doctor! Sigh.. thank God she's getting better now and we didn't take her for the test anymore! Thanks for sharing your feedback!

Hi Leanne!
Thank you! Thanks for your comment!


So far my bb Hebe is alright, no cough or anything...I asked doc, he said is not phlegm is their get her some Chinese medication, and I still monitoring till far is ok.

Jenny @ I'm a full-time mummy

Hi Angeline,
Good to hear that! What is that Chinese meds supposed to do?


Hello there Jenny!

I read your post with some sigh of relief.
My newborn son is 3 weeks old hitting 4 weeks and has prolonged jaundice. My doc saw the condition, took blood and immediately called me back to his clinic to refer my child to a nearby hospital.

Am darn worried ok. My second child and I don't think I have the strength to go through it all again!

Tomorrow I'll be bringing him to the hospital but I hope everything will turn out alright.

Jenny @ I'm a full-time mummy

Hi Dewgem!
If your boy is alert and active as usual, should not be worry too much. Hope your boy's blood results is OK! In any case, continue on breastfeeding if you are!

Paik Ling

HI, I was googling for prolonged jaundice and stumbled upon your site. I'm more relieved after your account because Kaylety (1mth) is otherwise active and I wouldn't had noticed the jaundice had I not brought her to the paed for the 2nd Hep B shot.

Jenny @ I'm a full-time mummy

Hi Paik Ling!
If you're still breastfeeding, keep it up so can help her jaundice to clear off fast Smile


dear jenny,
how long did it take for the jaundice to totally cleared out?

Jenny @ I'm a full-time mummy

Hi Amy!
About 2 months, few days extra.


I came across ur blog because i was googling for prolonged jaundice.

My son is 47days old, n his SB reading as of yday was 7.2, not high but still yellow according to the Docs at Policlinic.

I brought him to KPJ to see d paed for second opinion, but the Doc was quite cool abt it, said since i was breastfeeding it is normal to hv prolonged jaundice. she also said i shud continue to  breastfeed.

But the thing is i am still worried, esp whenever i brot him to Policlinic the docs were alarmed n had him undergo urine/blood tests.But the test results were favourable ie no prob wif bb.

Yet im still worried. Im guessing from ur experience, i need to be patient? n hope itll go away Smile

Jenny @ I'm a full-time mummy

Hi Hanifah!
Thanks for writing in. Firstly, is your boy active, alert, feeding, sleeping like normal? Peeing, pooping normal? If yes and yes, and since you are breastfeeding, then no need to be so alarmed.

The key is to breastfeed as much and as often as you can as BM helps break down the bilirubin and get it away via baby's poop, hence the more poops he does, the better. If you ask me now, I will not advise you to bring your boy for urine and blood test. Reason being the only way to get pure results is to take the urine especially through the urethra and not just takung it under his penis or diaper as these areas are easily contaminated with bacterias which will affect the results (which is what my girl gets)

What you can do in the meantime since you are still in your maternity leave (hopefully) period is just latch latch latch as much and as often as you can. You drink more water to replenish yourself as well.

Hope to hear back from you on this, hang in there and if you need someone to talk to, send me a PM on my Facebook page, I'm active there everyday, will be able to reply you faster Smile


my 2 month old daughter who weighs only 2.1kgs compared to her twin (3.5kgs) has jaundice..she had lab tests and was CMV positive..the ped subscribed vitamins and cholestyramine..she's been taking the said med for 2 weeks nows and i observed that she doesn't appear lethargic now compared before,feeds well and her stool isn't that pale anymore..i was told that phototherapy won't help anymore...i just noticed that she still appears a worried-to-death mom i was hopin her complexion would normalize..her twin is very much healthy though thank God..i am happy for u that ur bb is well now and i earnestly hope and pray that mine would be well soon...any advice for a wooried mom like me?..thanks and u have a beautiful bb..


Hello. Smile
Just to update dat, as d paed said, my bb's jaundice became stable after two months!
I guess d key here is to be patient, n bf as much as possible. Also if ur bb is acting normal ie alert, healthy, feeding well, happy n normal pee n poo, then u n bb shud be fine. Tho this is difficult to overcome, esp for first time mommies. But, as i said, be patient n bf!

Jenny @ I'm a full-time mummy

Hi aya!
Thanks for sharing your experience and yes, for first time mummy will be very anxious and worry. Hope that your little one will recover soon!

Hi hanifah!
Thanks for sharing your feedback and tips! And yes, lots of patience and continue breastfeeding! Smile

Nor Zaihasrawati Hasan

Nor Zaihasrawati Hasan says:

Your experience going thru the prolonged jaundice kept me going strong to go thru mine. My daughter was diagnosed with prolonged jaundice too.

Jenny @ I'm a full-time mummy

Hi Nor Zaihasrawati!
Glad my daughter's case inspired you. Hang in there!

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