Newborn Jaundice Topic Guide
Newborn Jaundice: Jaundice in newborns occurs most commonly because the liver of a newborn baby is not mature enough to remove bilirubin from the blood. Causes of newborn jaundice include physiologic jaundice, neonatal jaundice, polycythemia, cephalohematoma, the baby swallowing blood during birth, a mother with diabetes, and other rare conditions. Newborn jaundice symptoms include yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes, fever, poor feeding, and ill appearance. Generally, newborn jaundice can be treated with phototherapy at home, or at the hospital if necessary.
Hepatitis A (HAV, Hep A) Hepatitis A virus (HAV, Hep A) refers to liver inflammation caused by infection with the hepatitis A virus. Causes of HAV is generally from person to person via contaminated water, blood, stool, or direct contact. Symptoms of hepatitis A virus include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, rash, fatigue, jaundice, abdominal pain, and pale or gray-colored stools. Treatment for hepatitis A virus is focused on relieving symptoms. There is a vaccine to prevent hepatitis A virus.