Jaundice in Newborns (Hyperbilirubinemia) (cont.)
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The most common symptom of jaundice in newborns is a yellowish tinge to the skin, the white part of the eyes, or the inside of the mouth. This yellow tint usually appears first in the infant's face and chest between 1 and 5 days after birth, although the exact timing may vary by child and by the type of jaundice.
In rare cases, jaundice in a newborn may be caused by an underlying condition. Symptoms that begin to appear less than 24 hours after birth are unlikely to be jaundice and need to be evaluated carefully for other possible causes.1
In general, call your health professional if the yellowing appears to increase after your baby's third day of life or has not decreased by the fifth day. Remember, however, that if you are breast-feeding, increasing the frequency of feedings may help to lower your baby's bilirubin levels and decrease jaundice.
Brain damage (kernicterus) can develop if a baby with a high bilirubin blood level is not treated. See your health professional right away if your baby develops signs of a high bilirubin level, which include:
Signs of a very high level of bilirubin may include:
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