Pediatric Jaundice: Meaning, Diagnosis and Overview

What is Pediatric Jaundice?

When red blood cells break down, a substance called bilirubin is formed. When this bilirubin builds up in the blood, fluids, and body tissues of the babys body it causes yellowing of the babys skin and tissues due to deposition of excessive bilirubin pigment in the blood. This condition is called as Jaundice or Hyperbilirubinemia. 

Recovery Time

Recovery phase usually starts within 6 to 8 weeks after exposure. Rare cases may take up to 3-4 months.


Diagnostic procedures for Jaundice may include:
  • Physical examination
  • Red blood cell counts
  • Blood type and test for Rh incompatibility
  • Direct and indirect bilirubin levels
  • Liver function tests
  • X-ray, CT scan, Ultrasound

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