Practices reminded of key signs for neonatal jaundice

Primary care clinicians have been warned to be vigilant in checking for signs of jaundice in newborns.

Yellow urine and stool colour are key indicators of neonatal jaundice, said the Children’s Liver Disease Foundation.

But a survey of 100 GPs showed that only 29 per cent recognised yellow urine as a sign of potential liver disease in babies. There was also uncertainty over how to distinguish between breastmilk jaundice and that resulting from liver disease.

Dr Graham Archard, vice chairman of the RCGP, which is backing the foundation’s Yellow Alert campaign, said: ‘The problem is that if you miss it, the consequences are a disaster.’

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