Newborn babies are usually affected by jaundice, which causes their skin and eyes to have a yellowish tinge. According to Dr. Promilla Butani, a general pediatrician in Delhi, 6 out of 10 newborns have some degree of jaundice. This condition is mainly caused by a build-up of bilirubin, a chemical present in the baby’s blood and tissues

This blog will provide a detailed understanding of jaundice in newborn babies, covering its causes and symptoms

What Causes Jaundice in Newborn Babies? 

A build-up of bilirubin causes jaundice. The liver of newborn babies is slow at removing bilirubin from their blood. When babies are two weeks old, their livers are better at remaining bilirubin. This implies that they should no longer have jaundice. Compared to formula-fed newborns, breastfed babies are more prone to acquire jaundice. It is still not clear why breastfeeding increases a baby's risk of developing jaundice. Jaundice can be caused by more serious conditions such as: 

  • An infection

  • The blood groups of the mother and baby being incompatible 

  • Liver diseases

  • Abnormalities in the baby’s blood cells 

What are the Symptoms of Jaundice in Babies? 

The symptoms of jaundice in babies mainly depends on the cause and severity but may include: 

  • A yellow tinge to the skin appearing first on the scalp and face

  • A yellow tinge that is spreading over the body's skin

  • A yellowish tinge to the white part of the eyes

  • Feeling drowsiness

  • Palms of the hand and soles turning yellowish (jaundice)

  • Dark colored urine

If the baby shows any of these symptoms, one can consider consulting Dr. Promilla Butani, a leading pediatrician in Delhi, at Dr. Promilla Butani's Pediatrics Practice. The expert pediatrician has five decades of experience. Besides treating jaundice, she also treats other conditions in children, such as ear infections, asthma, diabetes, respiratory infections, and many more. To consult Dr. Promilla Butani, visit Dr. Promilla Butani's Pediatrics Practice now.