Jaundice can make babies sleepy, which can lead to feeding problems. Babies may not wake themselves to feed or maintain a strong latch. This can lead to significant weight loss in babies (more than 10 per cent of their body weight). Because of this, it is recommended that jaundiced babies be fed at least every 2-3 hours, even if it means waking them.
Extremely high levels of bilirubin can cause deafness, cerebral palsy, or brain damage in some babies, if not treated.
Most of the time, mild jaundice goes away on its own within 1 to 2 weeks. If your baby's bilirubin level is too high or is rising too quickly, your baby will need treatment.