Kernicterus is a neurological condition that can occur in newborns affected by severe jaundice. Our team is specially trained to diagnose and treat babies who have this condition.
About 60 percent of newborns become jaundiced in the first week of life. In some cases, severe jaundice can affect a newborn's brain. The condition is only occurs in 1 out of 1,000 newborns in the U.S. But babies who do not receive proper diagnosis and treatment can develop severe conditions such as cerebral palsy and deafness. Kernicterus can also lead to less severe conditions such as limited hearing and learning disabilities.
- Support groups
Common Conditions Related to Kernicterus
- Athetoid or dystonic cerebral palsy
- Abnormal muscle tone
- Auditory neuropathy spectrum disorder hearing
- Auditory processing disorders
- Feeding difficulties
- Learning disorders
- Sleep disturbances
- Movement disorders and hyperactivity
- Other neurological conditions