Jaundice in Newborns


While working at one of the inner city hospitals in New York City, I had the burden of telling a mother that her new born will not go home as planned because baby’s skin is too yellow—jaundiced and that the baby needed to be treated with light {phototherapy}.

After hearing my assessment, the mother broke down and began crying. ‘This is not a cause to cry for’, I said, ‘your baby will be okay’. I went on to tell her about the baby’s condition and what I intended to do about it.

There is a long list of what can cause jaundice in the newborn.

This article addresses only the commonest kind of jaundice occurring in the newly born baby.

To learn more about jaundice, purchase my e-article.

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