Now this jaundice is a quite common disease and is mainly acquired by drinking, eating anything contaminated by hepatitis virus. This virus is passed in the infected personís stool. This hepatitis can be due to inadequate arrangements of sewage disposal and water supply in a locality. Boiling does not destroy it as it is very resistant.
As a result of this, the baby will have fever, loss of apetite, pain in the upper abdomen and vomiting.The ill feeling and loss of appetite is out of proportion to the fever. In 4 to 5 days, the urine will become dark in colour, then the skin and eyes also become yellow. Then, gradually the fever will go down and the apetite will also be back.
We should not allow the child to play outside even if fever has gone and he should remain in bed for sooometime.
In the acute stage, the child should be encouraged to drink sweet drinks such as orange juice, or sweet lemon drinks. Sugarcane juice is excellent. Sugar is good for the recovery of the liver. As the appetite returns, ordinary household food can be given, but you should cut down on butter, oil and fried food.