Newborn jaundiceDiagnosis

Your baby will be checked for jaundice within 72 hours of being born during the newborn physical examination.

overview

Jaundice is a common and usually harmless condition in newborn babies that causes the skin and the whites of the eyes to turn yellow.

causes

Jaundice is caused by a build-up of a substance called bilirubin in the blood. Babies often have too much bilirubin in their first 2 weeks.

treatments_overview

Most babies with newborn jaundice get better within 2 weeks. If it does not get better, they may need special light treatment or a blood transfusion.

symptoms

Symptoms of newborn jaundice include your baby's skin, whites of their eyes, mouth, hands and feet turning yellow.

Page last reviewed: 04/09/2018
Next review due: 04/09/2021