What is the role of weight monitoring in the treatment of breast milk jaundice?

Updated: Dec 07, 2017
  • Author: Prashant G Deshpande, MD; Chief Editor: Muhammad Aslam, MD  more...
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Weight monitoring is very important in breastfed infants to avoid prolonged and severe jaundice, as well as to avoid hypernatremic dehydration. The general standard indicates that the loss of 10% of the birth weight is considered to be significant.

van Dommelen proposed a reference chart for relative weight change to detect hypernatremic dehydration. [31]


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