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Nurs Times. 2004 Mar 30-Apr 5;100(13):40-3.

Treatment of physiological and pathological neonatal jaundice.

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  • 1Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Norfolk and Norwich Healthcare NHS Trust.


Neonatal jaundice (hyperbilirubinaemia) is a common condition and usually a benign transitional event that resolves without treatment. However, in some infants it can be a symptom of an underlying pathological condition, which is important to identify. If bilirubin levels necessitate it, treatment for jaundice involves phototherapy and/or exchange transfusion of donor blood. In cases of pathological jaundice the underlying cause must also be treated. Parental involvement is important to minimise the trauma of having a sick baby and its effect on bonding.

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