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Exchange Transfusion In Newborns


An exchange transfusion is a procedure to give your newborn baby donated blood. Your baby may need this procedure if he is jaundiced or has a blood disorder such as Rh incompatibility or sickle cell anemia.


Follow up with your child's healthcare provider as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your child's visits.

Feed your baby as directed:

Give your baby breast milk or formula. Follow instructions for how much and how often to feed him.

Look for jaundice:

Look at your baby's skin every day to see if his jaundice is fading. Jaundice is best seen in natural daylight or next to a window. To look for jaundice, remove your baby's clothes. Gently press your finger on your baby's skin. Remove your finger and look for a yellow color on the skin. Gently press in 1 or 2 other areas of your baby's skin. Good places to press are fat areas of the arm, the leg, and the cheek or forehead.

Contact your baby's healthcare provider if:

  • Your baby has a fever.
  • Your baby's jaundice is getting worse.
  • Your baby's jaundice is not gone in 14 days.
  • You think your baby is not drinking enough breast milk or formula each day.
  • Your baby's bowel movements are white, pale, or gray.
  • You have questions or concerns about your baby's condition or care.

Seek care immediately or call 911 if:

  • Your baby starts to act or look very sick.

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.