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What if my newborn has yellowish skin or eyes?

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This can be a sign of jaundice, which usually shows up between the second and fourth day after birth. You can check by pressing gently on your infant’s forehead -- if the skin looks yellow, they may have mild jaundice.

Most hospitals check your newborn for jaundice before she goes home, but it can develop in breastfed babies anytime during the first week of life. Your pediatrician will check for it during the first office visit, 1-3 days after the baby leaves the hospital.

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: “Newborn Baby: When to Call the Doctor.”

March of Dimes: “When to Call Your Baby’s Provider.”

American Academy of Pediatrics: “Infant Constipation,” “Infant Vomiting,” “Rashes and Skin Conditions,” “Baby's First Days: Bowel Movements & Urination,” “Waking Up Is (Sometimes) Hard to Do.”

Mayo Clinic: “Common Cold in Babies,” “Umbilical Cord Care: Do's and Don'ts for Parents, “Infant Jaundice.”

Seattle Children’s Hospital: “Should Your Child See a Doctor? Fever,” “Should Your Child See a Doctor? Jaundiced Newborn.”

Stanford Children’s Health: “Breathing Problems.”

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on May 19, 2019

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: “Newborn Baby: When to Call the Doctor.”

March of Dimes: “When to Call Your Baby’s Provider.”

American Academy of Pediatrics: “Infant Constipation,” “Infant Vomiting,” “Rashes and Skin Conditions,” “Baby's First Days: Bowel Movements & Urination,” “Waking Up Is (Sometimes) Hard to Do.”

Mayo Clinic: “Common Cold in Babies,” “Umbilical Cord Care: Do's and Don'ts for Parents, “Infant Jaundice.”

Seattle Children’s Hospital: “Should Your Child See a Doctor? Fever,” “Should Your Child See a Doctor? Jaundiced Newborn.”

Stanford Children’s Health: “Breathing Problems.”

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on May 19, 2019

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