Jaundice is a condition which is common in new-borns and is a build-up of bilirubin in the blood. Bilirubin is a pigment that yellows the skin and eyes. Jaundice, even severe cases, is easily treatable and typically involves light therapy to break down the pigment.
However, without any treatment, jaundice can cause serious illnesses such as cerebral palsy, deafness and a type of brain damage called Kernicterus.
A jaundice check is undertaken at birth by the midwives and during the initial new-born period. If there are concerns a blood test will be arranged for the baby before treatment is instigated.