Neonatal Jaundice - Incidence
Neonatal Jaundice is very common among newborns, with the incidence being higher in breast- fed babies than in formula-fed ones.
Signs of Neonatal Jaundice are seen within the first three days of birth in 80% of preterm babies and 60% of full-term infants. The Journal of Pediatrics reports a retrospective study, which observed that the incidence of Jaundice is higher in breast- fed babies than in the formula- fed ones.
Asian male babies and Native American ones are reported to be most affected by Neonatal Jaundice. They are followed by Caucasian infants who in turn are followed by African Neonates.
Babies who are either small or large for gestational age are at an increased risk of developing Neonatal Jaundice. Large for gestational age babies are seen in mothers with Diabetes.
- Mather, Cotton. The Angel of Bethesda. 1724 [Reprinted in Jones GW (ed). Barre, MA: American Antiquarian Society and Barre Publishers; 1972, p. 191.