Understanding Newborn Jaundice -- Symptoms

What Are the Symptoms of Newborn Jaundice?

Excess bilirubin in a newborn causes the yellowish or jaundiced color of the skin and eyes. Jaundice first appears in the infant's face, especially noticeable in the eyes, and as bilirubin levels increase, the yellow color becomes evident on the rest of the body.

If the bilirubin is severely elevated, symptoms may include yellow skin down to the waist, sleepiness, difficulty waking up for feedings, and lethargy.

WebMD Medical Reference Reviewed by Dan Brennan, MD on March 23, 2019


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