CIRCUMCISION MOHEL & JAUNDICE

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CIRCUMCISION MOHEL & JAUNDICE

Question:
The baby was born and the midwife and/or the doctor have mentioned jaundice, but they are not concerned with the baby who is well since the degree of jaundice or blood level is “below the medical line” and the midwife and/or the doctor says needs no specific treatment like ultraviolet light?

Answer:
•Baby being jaundiced (yellow colour) appearing on the third day is very common, called physiological jaundice which generally clears spontaneously by 14 days in a full term baby.
•However if the jaundice level is high with a high bilirubin blood test, or the jaundice is prolonged in time, then medically this may require investigation of the cause and treatment.
•The Bris Milah Brit Mila is performed on the eighth day if the baby is well. The procedure is not performed while the baby is jaundiced, or there is any health problem. The Bris is delayed until the jaundice has cleared and the baby is well.
•Please obtain all the medical information including any blood test results.

CASE HISTORY
Baby A was born and developed jaundice within the first three days.

I reviewed the blood tests and the baby , then I discussed these with the hospital Paediatric doctors.

After investigation and treatment the jaundice cleared and I carried out the Bris Milah.

For any medical problems of jaundice related to performing a Bris Milah (Brit Mila), contact Dr Harris


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