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Newborn jaundice or neonatal jaundice is a yellowish discoloration of the mucous membranes, whites of the eyes, and skin of a newborn. Newborn jaundice is not a disease or condition, rather a visible sign of another disease or condition. Newborn jaundice is caused by an accumulation of bilirubin in the blood, in which there are a variety of diseases or conditions that cause this accumulation of bilirubin in the blood. Some symptoms include:

  • yellowing of the whites of the eyes, mucous membranes, and skin;
  • light-colored stools,
  • poor feeding,
  • lethargy,
  • high-pitched crying, and
  • seizures.
Treatments for newborn jaundice depend upon the underlying condition or disease causing the accumulation of bilirubin in the blood. Kernicterus is a prolonged accumulation of bilirubin in the blood, and must be treated emergently.

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