Understanding Neonatal Jaundice: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment Options

by Dr. Kalale Nikhil Nagaraj

Explore Neonatal Jaundice with Dr. Kalale Nikhil Nagaraj, Consultant in Pediatrics & Neonatology at Aster RV Hospital. Neonatal jaundice, marked by yellowing of a newborn's skin and eyes, can have various underlying causes. Gain insights as Dr. Kalale discusses the factors contributing to this condition, its symptoms, and available treatment options, which are crucial for informed neonatal care. Discover the importance of early recognition of neonatal jaundice to ensure optimal health for newborns. Watch the comprehensive video to equip yourself with essential knowledge!

Neonatal jaundice typically manifests through yellowish skin and eye discoloration, most commonly observed during the first few days to at least the first fifteen days of life. Dr. Kalale also elucidates the causes of neonatal jaundice, with physiological jaundice, characterized by elevated bilirubin levels, being the most prevalent. These levels tend to rise from birth to approximately 10 to 15 days of life before gradually declining. The primary cause of these elevated levels is the immaturity of the liver, where most of the metabolic processes take place.