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What You Should Know About Jaundice Management

PRESS RELEASE
National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition (HMHB)
4401 Ford Avenue
Suite 300
Alexandria, VA 22302
MEDIA CONTACT:
Arlene Remick, aremick@hmhb.org or 703-837-4792

Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Supports CDC Campaign with New Resource: “FAST FACTS for Families: What You Should Know About Jaundice Management”

Alexandria, VA, April 16, 2007 – In response to the fact that 1 in 10 newborn babies has jaundice that may require treatment, the National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition (HMHB) has introduced the latest in its series of FAST FACTS for Families publications, “What You Should Know About Jaundice Management.”

The release of this new resource, aimed at expectant and new parents, corresponds with the materials developed by the National Center for Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as part of the Kernicterus Prevention Partnership Campaign. This initiative is the product of a partnership between CDC and a coalition of leading organizations concerned with neonatal health. The group, known as the Kernicterus Prevention Partnership Campaign (KPPC), includes HMHB, Parents of Infants and Children with Kernicterus (PICK), March of Dimes, Partnership for Patient Safety (p4ps), The Joint Commission, American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), National Association of Neonatal Nurses, HCA Corporation and others.

HMHB’s publication of its newest FAST FACTS for Families brochure, “What You Should Know About Jaundice Management,” shares messages central to the CDC/KPPC campaign, educating expectant and new parents about these key facts:

  • Severe jaundice can lead to brain damage when it is not properly diagnosed and treated.
  • Parents should ask about bilirubin testing prior to discharge from the hospital after their baby’s birth.
  • It is crucial to make and keep a follow-up appointment with a pediatrician within 48 hours after hospital discharge.

The FAST FACTS publication shares this and other information, such as the cause of jaundice, its diagnosis and treatment, risk factors, keeping jaundiced babies healthy and additional resources.

“Jaundice is the number one reason babies are readmitted to the hospital. By understanding the importance of a bilirubin test, parents can feel confident about managing their babies’ care in those first days of life” says HMHB Executive Director Judy Meehan

For more about the work of HMHB or a downloadable copy of the resource, go to www.hmhb.org. For more on the CDC campaign, visit http://www.cdc.gov/jaundice.