The risk was higher if the mother had had other children or if she gave birth between October and March. Although jaundice affects 60-percent of babies, it clears up for most within the first week of life.
The study included information from every child born in Denmark over a 10-year period.
FROM MEDSCAPE: Jaundice in full-term newborn infants is associated with an increased risk for autism and other psychological development disorders, according to a new study.
The study, which included all children born in Denmark from 1994 to 2004, found that full-term neonates exposed to jaundice had as much as an 88% increased risk of being diagnosed with a psychological development disorder compared with unexposed neonates.-NewsAnchorMom Jen