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Prolonged jaundice (PJ) is common, affecting 2–15% of all neonates and up to 40% of breastfed infants.1 It presents a challenge to health professionals, who must identify those infants with pathology while avoiding the unnecessary investigation of normal babies. National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) recently recommended, that in addition to a thorough examination, the formal assessment of PJ should include conjugated bilirubin, urine culture, glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase where ethnically appropriate, full blood count, blood group determination and Coomb's test.2
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