Jaundice in the Newborn
Jaundice in the newborn is one of the most common clinical issues encountered by providers in the nursery. While neonatal jaundice is a normal physiologic event, it may at times reach levels that can cause long-term and permanent sequelae. Recognition of the risk factors for hyperbilirubinemia, timely management and monitoring of jaundice, and the correct treatment decisions will help to prevent these sequelae. Management of jaundice in the nursery is also complicated by the need to predict the level of bilirubin not only in the nursery but also after discharge. This chapter will discuss risk factors for jaundice, screening tools, and management of patients who develop jaundice.
KeywordsJaundice Hyperbilirubinemia Phototherapy Bilirubin
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