Call 911 if your baby:
- Is not feeding well
- Is listless
- Has a fever
Call Doctor If:
If your newborn shows signs of jaundice after leaving the hospital, or if the jaundice gets worse, see your pediatrician right away.
Treat Symptoms as Recommended
- For mild jaundice, your doctor may recommend feeding the baby often with breast milk or formula. The excess bilirubin in the blood, which causes jaundice, will pass through stool.
- Your doctor also may recommend limited exposure to sunlight. Be sure you understand and follow the doctor's instructions about how to expose your baby to sunlight, when to do it, and how long the exposure should last.
- Mild jaundice frequently goes away on its own.
- For more serious jaundice, your doctor may recommend phototherapy, a treatment with a special light.