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Newborn Jaundice (cont.)

Newborn Jaundice Prevention

In most cases, jaundice is not preventable.

  • The best way to avoid jaundice is to make sure your baby is getting enough fluids.
  • If you are breastfeeding your child and have any questions or concerns, speak to a lactation consultant. Many hospitals provide this service.
  • If you have not received formal training in infant or child CPR and you have children at home, contact your local American Heart Association chapter to enroll in a class as soon as possible.

Newborn Jaundice Prognosis

The majority of children with jaundice will recover fully and without permanent adverse effects.

  • Sometimes, a baby will need light treatment in a hospital to lower bilirubin levels
  • Only a very few infants will require exchange transfusion.

Medically reviewed by Margaret Walsh, MD; American Board of Pediatrics


American Academy of Pediatrics, Subcommittee on Hyperbilirubinemia. Management of hyperbilirubinemia in the newborn infant 35 or more weeks of gestation. Pediatrics. 2004;114 :297– 316.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 2/18/2016
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