Infant jaundice



Feed baby more frequently. Breastfed babies should have 8 to 12 feedings a day for the first several days of life. Formula-fed babies usually should have 1 to 2 ounces of formula every 2 to 3 hours for the first week.

When to seek immediate medical care

See a healthcare professional right away if:

  • Jaundice is getting worse, not better.
  • Baby is listless or hard to wake up.
  • Baby has a high-pitched cry or won't stop crying.
  • Baby's body is stiff or arched like a bow.
  • After a home birth, baby has yellow skin or eyes.

When to make a doctor's appointment

Make an appointment to see a healthcare professional if:

  • Baby's condition changes.
  • Healthcare professional asks to see baby again.