What Should I Look For?
Newborn babies should;
Tell someone if;
If you are worried that your baby is unwell – please don’t wait for a visit or contact from a health professional.
Call your Midwife, GP or 111 straightaway to get advice. There is always someone to ask.
Tests For Jaundice
You and the healthcare team are likely to spot if your baby has jaundice just by the colour of their skin. Keeping a close eye on how they are feeding and their nappies is important. You might be advised to wake them more often for feeds, to make sure they get the fluids they need. This is often enough and the jaundice levels will naturally get lower over the next few days.
If your baby is jaundiced and this is affecting their feeding, they are very sleepy, or there are concerns about their wee or poo, your midwife or GP might decide they need a test to see if their jaundice level is high enough to need treatment. Only about 1 in 20 babies will have a level high enough for treatment.
The common tests are;
Babies may need to be retested over a few days and more if the level needs treatment.
If medical staff are concerned that your baby’s jaundice levels are high enough to need treatment they will explain what happens next. There are several ways newborn jaundice can be treated. It is very important that high levels of jaundice are treated as it can be harmful if the level is not reduced as soon as possible.
If the jaundice does not clear up in the expected length of time for your baby, they will need further tests. This is because in very rare cases it can be a sign of liver disease. It is important any baby who has a liver problem finds out and gets early treatment. Your health visitor or GP will answer your questions about this.
You can contact the Healthy Child Programme by calling Just One Number on 0300 300 0123 or texting Parentline on 07520 631590. Our opening hours are 8am-6pm Monday-Friday (excluding bank holidays) and 9am-1pm on Saturdays.
If you are 11-19 you can text Chathealth on 07480 635060 for confidential advice from one of the Healthy Child Programme team.
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