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Fifteen-minute consultation: Baby with jaundice in the first 2 weeks of life
  1. Daniel Cromb1,2,
  2. Nadir Chowdhury2,
  3. Sophia Teoh3
  1. 1 Centre for the Developing Brain, King's College London, London, UK
  2. 2 Department of General Paediatrics, King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK
  3. 3 Neonatal Intensive Care Centre, King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Daniel Cromb, Centre for the Developing Brain, Department of Perinatal Imaging and Health, King's College London, London SE1 7EH, UK; daniel.cromb{at}


There are multiple causes of jaundice in the first 2 weeks of life. The aim of this article is to help explain what these causes are and why they occur. It discusses how to focus on the history, examination and investigations in such cases. Initial management will vary depending on the clinical context; as such, this article also outlines the initial management of the most common scenarios.

  • jaundice
  • neonatology
  • biochemistry
  • growth

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  • Contributors DC conceived the article, wrote and revised the manuscript. NC helped write and revise the manuscript. ST revised the manuscript. DC is the guarantor.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; externally peer reviewed.