Jaundice in newborns | Is jaundice harmful?
There are two kinds of jaundice. The first is known as physiological jaundice and is common in newborn babies. It usually becomes noticeable during the baby’s first three to five days of life. It disappears as the baby’s liver matures. This type of jaundice is not harmful.
In some situations, however, there is so much bilirubin in a baby’s blood that it can be harmful. This condition is called pathological jaundice. If the level of bilirubin becomes very high, it may affect some of the baby’s brain cells. This may cause a baby to be less active. In rare cases, a baby may have seizures (convulsions). Pathological jaundice may also lead to deafness, cerebral palsy and/or mental retardation.