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Can newborn jaundice cause longterm medical problems?
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Dr. Mark Patterson
Pediatrics
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In brief: Possibly
Mild jaundice is very common in newborns, especially breast-fed babies.
Jaundice is caused by bilirubin, a breakdown product of hemoglobin. If the bilirubin level gets too high, it can lead to kernicterus, a rare neurological condition that can lead to permanent brain damage. Most hospitals monitor the bilirubin level in newborns in the nursery.

In brief: Possibly
Mild jaundice is very common in newborns, especially breast-fed babies.
Jaundice is caused by bilirubin, a breakdown product of hemoglobin. If the bilirubin level gets too high, it can lead to kernicterus, a rare neurological condition that can lead to permanent brain damage. Most hospitals monitor the bilirubin level in newborns in the nursery.
Dr. Mark Patterson
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
In brief: Rarely
Most jaundice is a passing variation of normal metabolic change.
Many hospitals use passive methods to monitor the condition and test blood if there appears to be a problem.If a problem is recognized and treated in its early stages any problem is treatable with good long term outcome. If overlooked, the results can produce long term impairment.

In brief: Rarely
Most jaundice is a passing variation of normal metabolic change.
Many hospitals use passive methods to monitor the condition and test blood if there appears to be a problem.If a problem is recognized and treated in its early stages any problem is treatable with good long term outcome. If overlooked, the results can produce long term impairment.
Dr. James Ferguson
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