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Neonatal Jaundice

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Neonatal refers to yellowing of skin and other tissues of a newborn infant. A bilirubin level of more than 85 umol/l (5 mg/dL) manifests clinical jaundice in neonates whereas in adults a level of 34 umol/l (2 mg/dL) would look icteric.

Signs and Symptoms

The most common neonatal jaundice symptoms include:

  • Ill appearance
  • Fever
  • Poor feeding
  • Yellow skin


Its causes include:

  • Maternal-fetal blood type incompatibility
  • Breakdown of red blood cells
  • Mother with diabetes
  • Baby swallowing food during birth