Symptoms & Signs
Your child’s skin and whites of the eyes (sclera) will look yellow.
Diagnosis & Tests
Laboratory tests that may be done include:
- Bilirubin level (total and direct)
- Complete blood count
- Blood smear to look at blood cells
- Reticulocyte count to look at slightly immature red blood cells
- Blood typing
In some cases, a blood test to check for glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) may be done. G6PD is a protein that helps red blood cells work properly.
Review Date : 1/29/2010
Reviewed By : Neil K. Kaneshiro, MD, MHA, Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.