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Jaundice Overview


Jaundice Symptoms

In general, yellowing of the skin and the whites of the eyes is an easily identifiable sign of jaundice. Parents should begin checking infants for jaundice symptoms a few days after birth. Skin discoloration may be most obvious in the baby's face at first and can progress to the eyes, chest, abdomen, arms and legs as it worsens [source: Mayo Clinic].

To check the skin color of an infant, press a finger gently into the skin; if it's yellow, the baby likely has jaundice. Other symptoms of jaundice can include extreme tiredness and lack of appetite in newborns. Hospitals routinely check for the condition before babies can go home with their parents.

Adults also may notice more than just yellowing skin and eyes if they have jaundice. Although an underlying condition may determine what other symptoms you notice, common signs include dark urine and pale stools [source: HealthSquare]. If you experience intense abdominal pain or a fever, seek immediate medical attention.

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