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Newborn Jaundice (cont.)

When to Seek Medical Care

Call your doctor if your newborn baby becomes jaundiced.

  • If your doctor is aware of the jaundice and you are observing your child at home, call your doctor if the jaundice spreads to the arms or legs or if it lasts beyond 1 week.
  • Call your doctor if you don't feel comfortable watching your child at home or if you have any other questions or concerns.

When to go to the hospital

  • If your child appears ill to you (if he or she is refusing to eat, seems excessively sleepy, or has floppy arms and legs) or has a temperature of 100.4 F (38 C) or higher, you should seek medical attention immediately.
  • Go to the hospital if your child seems to be having difficulty breathing.
  • If your child stops breathing or begins turning blue, administer rescue breaths if you are trained in CPR. Send someone to call 911 immediately.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/12/2014
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