Newborn jaundice, also referred to as neonatal jaundice, refers to yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes (jaundice) in a newborn infant. It is a very common condition in newborns and is not a disease itself.
A variety of other medical conditions can cause severe neonatal jaundice. Medical professionals must carefully monitor jaundice in a newborn because if bilirubin levels rise too high without treatment, that can lead to brain damage, known as kernicterus. Signs and symptoms sometimes associated with neonatal jaundice include
- fever, and an
- ill appearance.
Cause of newborn jaundice
An excess of the pigment bilirubin in a newborn's blood causes newborn jaundice. Newborn jaundice is most frequently a result of the newborn's immature liver.
Other newborn jaundice symptoms and signs
- Ill Appearance
- Yellowing of the Whites of the Eyes and Skin
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