Factors affecting severity of neonatal jaundice in patients presenting from home

Pang, Mei Foong and Ling, Shih Gan (2000) Factors affecting severity of neonatal jaundice in patients presenting from home. Journal of the University of Malaya Medical Centre (JUMMEC), 5 (1). pp. 24-27. ISSN 1823-7339

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Official URL: https://jummec.um.edu.my/article/view/4455

Abstract

A descriptive study of full- term neonates with jaundice was carried out to determine factors affecting severity of neonatal jaundice for those infants presenting to the hospital from their homes. Severe jaundice (serum bilirubin >250 umol/l) was significantly more likely in infants whose mothers consumed traditional herbs during the postpartum period (p<0.001) and if the jaundice was first detected by the parents or relatives rather than by medical personnel (p<0.05). In addition, the interval between detection of jaundice and presentation to hospital was significantly longer in jaundice that was first detected by parents compared to those detected by medical personnel. In conclusion, factors affecting severity of neonatal jaundice for infants who present from home could be influenced by the socio-cultural practices of maternal postpartum use of herbs, the ability of parents to detect jaundice and the urgency of the parents in seeking medical treatment once the jaundice was detected. Further studies need to be done to explore the association of these factors with neonatal jaundice more specifically.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Hyperbilirubinaemia; socio-cultural practices; herbs
Subjects: R Medicine
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine
Depositing User: Mr Jasny Razali
Date Deposited: 01 Jun 2020 02:32
Last Modified: 01 Jun 2020 02:32
URI: http://eprints.um.edu.my/id/eprint/24392

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