risk factors

Last reviewed 01/2018

Risk factors, in addition to the obvious factor of neonatal hyperbilirubinaemia, include:

  • occurrence in the first two weeks of life
  • prematurity
  • factors which increase bilirubin displacement from albumin, such as acidosis, infection, hypoalbuminaemia, hypoxia, etc.
  • conditions which lead to massive haemolysis, in particular haemolytic disease of the newborn