Information for the public
The quality standard for neonatal jaundice is made up of 3 statements that describe high-quality care for babies with jaundice. These statements set out the quality of care they should receive.
1. Parents or carers of newborn babies have a discussion with healthcare professionals and are given written information about jaundice within 24 hours of the baby being born. This includes information about how to check whether the baby might have jaundice, as well as who to contact if they are concerned.
2. Babies with suspected jaundice who are more than 24 hours old have their bilirubin level measured within 6 hours of the possible jaundice being noted (bilirubin is the substance that causes the yellow colour seen in jaundice). This may be done by a healthcare professional at the baby's home, but it may need to be done at a hospital.
3. Babies with high levels of bilirubin receive treatment according to tables or charts that tell the healthcare team whether to start (or not start) treatment. The information used when making decisions about when to start treatment includes how high the baby's bilirubin level is, the age of the baby when the bilirubin was measured, and the baby's maturity at the time of birth (that is, how many weeks of pregnancy they were born after).