7 doctors weighed in:

What re the dangers of jaundice in an infant?

7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Bryan Levey
Pediatrics
6 doctors agree

In brief: Kernicterus

By far, most infants with jaundice are fine and get over it without difficulty.
If, however, it gets really severe, the infant can get something called kernicterus, which refers to yellow staining of the brain, and leads to severe, lifelong physical problems. That's why we as physicians check to make sure jaundice doesn't get too severe, and why we treat it when we suspect it might.

In brief: Kernicterus

By far, most infants with jaundice are fine and get over it without difficulty.
If, however, it gets really severe, the infant can get something called kernicterus, which refers to yellow staining of the brain, and leads to severe, lifelong physical problems. That's why we as physicians check to make sure jaundice doesn't get too severe, and why we treat it when we suspect it might.
Dr. Bryan Levey
Dr. Bryan Levey
Thank
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. Cindy Juster
Board Certified, Pediatrics
33 years in practice
2M people helped
Continue
111,000 doctors available
Read more answers from doctors