Newborn jaundiceSymptoms

Jaundice usually appears about 3 days after birth and disappears by the time the baby is 2 weeks old.


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


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.


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 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