Re: 2 day old baby w/jaundice can't stay awake
Welcome and congratulations on the new baby!
Tips for waking a sleepy baby:
- Keep the lights low. New babies often close their eyes in response to bright light.
- A cool baby is a more alert baby. When it's time to nurse, strip baby down to a single light layer, and keep a fan blowing in the room where you nurse (but not directly on baby).
- An annoyed baby is a more alert baby. Rub/tickle the soles of baby's feet or against the grain of baby's hair using your hand or a cool damp washcloth.
- Switch nursing. Wen baby starts to fall asleep, remove her from the breast, change her diaper or burp her, and latch her on to the other side. Repeat the process until she will no longer wake.
- Breast compressions:
In addition to the above, take your baby outside without sunscreen or put her in a sunny window from time to time. The UV light in sunlight breaks down the bilirubin which causes jaundice. Taking baby outside is preferable since glass will block some of the UV rays.
Jaundice can last for a few days or for several weeks, depending on the baby. Watch the baby's diaper output carefully during this interval- if it drops below normal, take her in to the doc.
Coolest thing my big girl said recently: "How can you tell the world is moving when you are standing on it?"
Coolest thing my little girl sang recently: "I love dat one-two pupples!"