symptoms and signs of jaundice

common signs and symptoms of jaundice

Jaundice is not a disease, it is a sign of an underlying disease process. The best way to check for infant jaundice is to press your finger gently on your baby’s forehead or nose

. If the skin looks yellow where you pressed, it’s likely that baby has jaundice. If baby doesn’t have jaundice, the skin color should simply look slightly lighter than its normal color for a moment. Premature babies are more likely to develop jaundice than full-term babies.Common signs and symptoms seen in individuals with jaundice include:

  • there is yellow discoloration of the skin, mucous membranes, and the white portion of the eyes,
  • light-colored stools may be present,
  • there is itching of the skin.
  • nausea vomiting are common
  • abdominal pain may be present
  • fever
  • body weakness
  • there is loss of appetite,
  • headache,
  • confusion,
  • swelling of the legs and abdomen,
  • poor feeding occurs in infants,
  • lethargy,
  • there is change in muscle tone,
  • high-pitched crying occurs in infants,
  • seizures
  • there may be dull pain in the liver region.
  • baby seems listless, sick or difficult to wake
  • Sometimes, infants with significant jaundice have extreme tiredness and poor feeding.
  • Bitter taste felt in mouth
  • Occurrence of severe constipation and nausea, which might lead to undue weakness
  • There is a pale tinge seen in the urine
  • The pulse rate also is hampered once this disease sets in; the affected person experiences slower pulse rate
  • The stools would be foul-smelling and also pale
  • The tongue also turns pale or yellowish and is also referred to as ‘ furry tongue’
  • The back of the baby is arch-shaped
  • Conditions called apnea and disapnea are also witnessed in such babies
Pregnant women might also be affected by jaundice. symptoms of jaundice during pregnancy include:

  • Fever

  • Chronic abdominal pain either in the mid or upper abdominal region

  • Vaginal bleeding even if it only light

  • Dizziness or fainting

  • Abnormal thirst

  • Discomfort or pain or burning while urination. This might be sometimes accompanied by a rise in temperature and shivering or headache

Article publié pour la première fois le 18/11/2011

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