Jaundice is common so why is it a concern for my baby?

Up to 80% of babies will become jaundiced after birth, reaching its peak at around four days and disappearing by the time they are two weeks old.

Jaundice does not necessarily mean your baby is ill but if it doesn’t disappear within two weeks it should be investigated to find out why.

In some cases the problem will clear itself but in other cases specific treatment is needed to prevent further problems.  It is necessary to do a number of special tests to find out which babies need treatment.

Yellow Alert is CLDF’s prolonged jaundice in new born babies’ awareness campaign to promote the early diagnosis and appropriate referral for liver disease in newly born infants.  Visit the Yellow Alert website for more.

Want to know more?

Download CLDF's leaflet - 'Conjugated Jaundice in Babies'