Jaundice Causes in Newborns
- Premature birth: Research has shown that around 80% of preterm infants develop jaundice. Delivery by vacuum extractor: Studies have shown that infants delivered by vacuum extractor are more likely to develop jaundice.
- Breast-feeding: Breast-fed babies are more likely to develop jaundice due to a factor in human milk that increases the circulation of bilirubin.
- Poor weight recovery: Studies have shown that newborns born at very low weight are at a greater risk of developing neonatal jaundice.
- Blood type: When a mother and baby have different blood types, the baby is at a greater risk of developing jaundice.
Jaundice Causes in Adults
- Hereditary conditions: People with certain hereditary conditions are at a greater risk of developing jaundice.
- Excessive alcohol consumption: Jaundice is a hallmark of alcoholic hepatitis.
- Exposure to viral infections: Exposure to hepatitis B, C and E can increase the risk of jaundice. (2)
Symptoms of Jaundice in Newborns
- Baby acts sick or difficult to wake up
- Baby makes high-pitched cries
- Skin becomes more yellow on the abdomen, arms or legs
- Baby isn’t gaining weight
- Baby is feeding poorly
Symptoms of Jaundice in Adults
- Abdominal pain
- Weight loss
- Swelling in legs or abdomen
- Rectal bleeding
- Nausea, vomiting and diarrhea
- Pale-colored stool
- Dark-colored urine