The Jaundiced Baby

  • Jane HartleyEmail author


Jaundice is common in the neonate and up to 60% of babies are jaundiced. The most common cause is physiological jaundice which resolves by day 14. Continuing jaundice after 14 days (21 days in preterm infant) requires urgent investigation. Those who are found to have unconjugated jaundice (indirect hyperbilirubinemia) should be investigated for hypothyroidism, urinary tract infection and haemolysis.

Further Reading

  1. Fawaz R. Guideline for the evaluation of cholestatic jaundice in infants: joint recommendations of the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition and the European Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2017;64:154–68.CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  2. Hartley J. The jaundiced baby. In: Kelly DA, editor. Diseases of the liver and biliary system in children. 4th ed. Chichester: Wiley; 2017. p. 99–126.Google Scholar
  3. Jaundice in newborn babies under 28 days. NICE Clinical guideline [CG98] Published date: May 2010. Last updated October 2016.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The Liver UnitBirmingham Women’s and Children’s HospitalBirminghamUK

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