Signs and Symptoms of Neonatal Jaundice
Most babies with Neonatal Jaundice appear normal. Severity may lead to complications.
The signs and symptoms of Neonatal Jaundice largely depend on the underlying causes.
- In the physiological type of Jaundice, the baby usually feeds well and the physical examination reveals a normal liver. The urine color is dark, while the stool appears normal.
- High levels of bilirubin can cause high-pitched crying, Apnea (temporary stoppage of breathing), listlessness, Seizures and arched backs in the infants.
- Extremely high levels of bilirubin (Hyperbilirubinemia) lead to Kernicterus, a condition where the brain is severely damaged.
- Mather, Cotton. The Angel of Bethesda. 1724 [Reprinted in Jones GW (ed). Barre, MA: American Antiquarian Society and Barre Publishers; 1972, p. 191.