Neonatal Jaundice - Do We Address It Appropriately ?

MAK Azad Chowdhury

Major causes of neonatal mortality and morbidity in Bangladesh are preterm with its complications, perinatal asphyxia and septicemia. Besides these, neonatal jaundice is also important as about 80% of term infants do have it in their neonatal period. The majority of neonatal jaundice is benign, need no intervention. But parental anxiety needs to be addressed. Few cases may be fatal causing death or long term neurological deficit. So the importance and impact of neonatal jaundice on heath system is more than its apparently benign nature.

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