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Jaundice in babies

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Jaundice is a condition that turns your skin and the whites of your eyes yellow. There are many possible causes of jaundice.

Mild jaundice is very common in the first two weeks of a baby's life. Jaundice in babies is usually harmless but it can be serious. Your baby's jaundice needs to be checked by your doctor or midwife if you see any of these symptoms:

Beware Yellow

The Beware Yellow campaign aims to raise the awareness of liver disease in children. Click the image to see the poster for more information about the campaign.

The poster is also available in Māori, Samoan, Tongan and Mandarin.

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Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Endorsed by paediatric gastroenterologist, Child Health, Canterbury DHB. Page created June 2016.


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