What were the symptoms of your newborn's jaundice?
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What are the symptoms of jaundice in newborns?
Neonatal jaundice may be associated with various symptoms, depending upon the
degree of elevation in bilirubin levels as well as the exact cause of the
jaundice. The yellow discoloration of the skin will begin on the face and
forehead and extend toward the feet as the levels of bilirubin increase. This
characteristic progression of jaundice in infants can sometimes allow your
health care professional to estimate the bilirubin level based on the location and
extent of the jaundice, though this assessment can often be inaccurate.
The signs and symptoms associated with neonatal jaundice may include the
Yellow discoloration of the skin, mucous membranes and the whites of the
Changes in muscle tone (either listless or stiff with arching of the
Kernicterus, which is caused by prolonged excessively elevated levels of
bilirubin affecting the central nervous system, must be recognized and promptly
treated as it can lead to permanent brain damage. Kernicterus is an irreversible
and chronic condition which can include cerebral palsy, hearing loss, and
intellectual impairment. Kernicterus has likely started to develop if the infant
begins to exhibit extreme lethargy, changes in muscle tone, and a high-pitched