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What is jaundice in newborn babies?

Many newborn babies get jaundice. If your baby has jaundice, their skin and the whites of their eyes appear yellow. They can get yellow skin on the palms of their hands and the soles of their feet.

Jaundice is caused by a build-up of bilirubin - a chemical that occurs naturally in your baby's blood. Jaundice is usually harmless.

Symptoms will usually begin when your baby is 2 to 3 days old and last between 10 and 14 days.

What to do if your baby has jaundice

Get your baby checked by your GP, midwife or public health nurse if you think they have jaundice.

Page last reviewed: 17/05/2019
Next review due: 17/05/2022