Newborn jaundice part 2

July 15, 2023

Learn about management of newborn jaundice in our 2-part series. 


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This episode was written by Dr. Tammy Yau and Dr. Lidia Park, with content support from Dr. Daphne Say, Dr. Lena van der List, and Dr. Su-Ting Li. Drs. Tammy and Lidia take full responsibility for any errors or misinformation. 


Key points: 


-Unconjugated bilirubin is fat soluble so can cross the blood brain barrier and cause kernicterus 

-Check bilirubin levels at least every 24 hours while a newborn is first hospitalized 

-New AAP guidelines on hyperbilirubinemia management raised phototherapy and exchange transfusion thresholds 

-Transcutaneous bilirubin monitoring has a +/- 3 margin of error


Supplemental Information 

2022 AAP Pediatrics Guidelines:  

2012 Journal of Perinatology – Hyperbilirubinemia in Infants < 35 weeks gestation:  

2014 AAP Pediatrics - Transcutaneous Bilirubin After Phototherapy in Term and Preterm Infants