Call 911 if your baby:
- Is not feeding well
- Is listless
- Has a fever
When to Call 911
Jaundice is common in newborns and not harmful in most cases, but can be dangerous in newborns that are high-risk.
Call Doctor If:
- Any baby with signs of jaundice -- yellow skin and eyes -- should be seen by a doctor. Jaundice is often noticed in the hospital during your baby's first few days.
- If your newborn shows signs of jaundice after leaving the hospital, or if the jaundice gets worse, see your pediatrician right away.
Treat Symptoms as Recommended
- For mild jaundice, your doctor may recommend feeding the baby often with breast milk or formula. The excess bilirubin in the blood, which causes jaundice, will pass through stool.
- Mild jaundice frequently goes away on its own.
- For more serious jaundice, your doctor may recommend phototherapy, a treatment with a special light.