Prolonged jaundice (yellowing of the skin and the whites of the eyes) can be a sign of liver disease. It is defined as jaundice persisting beyond two weeks of age in a full-term baby and three weeks in a pre-term baby.
Persistently pale coloured stools may indicated liver disease. Healthy coloured stools can be described as ‘England mustard’ yellow in bottle fed babies and ‘daffodil’ yellow in breast fed babies.
A baby’s urine should be colourless. Urine which is anything other than colourless could be a possible sign of liver disease. Babies with prolonged jaundice or abnormally coloured stools and/or urine must urgently be referred for a special blood test called a split bilirubin blood test to rule out potentially life threatening liver disease.