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American Academy of Pediatrics

Dear AAP,

Newborn jaundice can cause serious complications including kernicterus (KI), a devastating brain injury that can cause athetoid cerebral palsy, hearing loss (ANSD), vision abnormalities and other conditions.

We have a simple way that you can do MUCH to prevent KI.

In honor of World Prematurity Day and on behalf of all premature babies susceptible to serious jaundice (hyperbilirubinemia), please include the following recommendations to the current guidelines for the management of newborn jaundice in full-term infants:

(The full guidelines are available at the Journal of Perinatology and should be fully reviewed before using.)

http://www.pickonline.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/Preemie-Guidelines.pdf

Source:
Journal of Perinatology (2012), 1–5, An approach to the management of hyperbilirubinemia in the
preterm infant less than 35 weeks of gestation, MJ Maisels, JF Watchko, VK Bhutani and DK Stevenson
2012 Nature America, Inc. All rights reserved. 0743-8346/12

Premature infants are even more fragile than full term babies. Their jaundice requires careful attention and more rigorous care.

The adoption of these important recommendations by leading experts, could save lives and prevent kernicterus. The information put forth in this article provides very important guidance for infants born between 35-37 weeks that may fall under a pediatrician's care.

The mission of Parents of Infants and Children with Kernicterus (PICK) is to prevent kernicterus as:

One case of KI is one case too many.

Your support and implementation of these recommendations can help #stopKI (kernicterus).

We look forward to hearing back from you!

Sincerely,

PICK
Parents of Infants and Children with Kernicterus
www.pickonline.org

Signed,

Susan Haas

This petition closed over 1 year ago

How this will help

Your signature can save babies from a LIFETIME of disability!

Jaundice can harm babies. When bilirubin levels get high enough it can cause a brain injury, KI (kernicterus.)

KI can cause athetoid...

Your signature can save babies from a LIFETIME of disability!

Jaundice can harm babies. When bilirubin levels get high enough it can cause a brain injury, KI (kernicterus.)

KI can cause athetoid cerebral palsy, dystonia, hearing loss, and many other conditions.

Proper guidance for testing and treatment can do much to prevent this devastating condition!

Essentially preemies face a greater danger from jaundice because their livers are less mature.

WE MUST HAVE STANDARDS OF CARE FOR JAUNDICE IN PREEMIES TO #stopKI!

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