Jaundice is a common and usually harmless condition which causes the baby's skin and eyes to appear yellow in colour. It is caused by a build up of bilirubin (a substance made when red blood cells break down). Soon after birth, babies have high levels of red blood cells which are broken down and replaced regularly. Usually jaundice develops at 2-3 days following the birth and clears within the first fortnight. Some babies may require some treatment or monitoring for their jaundice.
In a small number of cases, jaundice can be the sign of an underlying health condition. This is often the case if jaundice develops shortly after birth (within the first 24 hours).