Jaundice in early infancy

Clinical Professor Dominic Fitzgerald, MBBS, PhD, FRACP
Professor Fitzgerald is a paediatric respiratory and sleep physician at the Children's Hospital at Westmead, NSW.

INTRODUCTION
Jaundice is the visible manifestation of elevated levels of the chemical bilirubin in the tissues.

It is very common, with up to 60% of term infants and 80% of preterm infants developing the condition.

Most infants who develop jaundice run a benign course, and while only a small proportion of infants develop more