Yellow Alert is CLDF's prolonged jaundice in new born babies awareness campaign.
Yellow Alert promotes the early diagnosis and appropriate referral for liver disease in newly born infants. It is vital that liver disease in newly born babies is identified and treated as early as possible.
Prolonged jaundice (yellowing of the skin and the whites of the eyes) can be a sign of liver disease. It is defined as jaundice persisting beyond two weeks of age in a full-term baby and three weeks in a pre-term baby
Persistently pale coloured stools may indicate liver disease. Healthy coloured stools can be described as English mustard yellow in bottle fed babies and daffodil yellow in breast fed babies
A baby's urine should be colourless. Urine which is anything other than colourless could be a possible sign of liver disease.
Babies with prolonged jaundice and/or persistently pales stools/urine which is anything other than colourless must urgently be referred for a special blood test called a split bilirubin blood test to rule out potentially life threatening liver disease.
For more information, visit the yellow alert website.
Web address: www.yellowalert.org