Jaundice in Newborns

What causes jaundice in newborns? Here’s information on the symptoms of jaundice in newborns and other pertinent facts related to paediatric jaundice.

About Jaundice in Newborns

Jaundice is a common and usually harmless condition that occurs when your baby has a high level of bilirubin — an orange-yellow substance produced during the normal breakdown of red blood cells — in his or her blood. It is usually easy to spot because your baby’s skin and white of the eyes will likely be coloured yellow.

Symptoms of Jaundice in Newborns

Aside from yellowing of the skin and the whites of the eyes, other symptoms of newborn jaundice may include:
  • Yellowing of the palms of the hands or soles of the feet
  • Dark yellow urine
  • Pale-coloured faeces

What Causes Jaundice in Newborns?

Bilirubin in the blood is normally removed by the liver. However, because newborns have immature livers, it may require a few days before their bodies can fully eliminate bilirubin efficiently.

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