Yellow Alert is Children’s Liver Disease Foundation’s awareness campaign, promoting the early identification of liver disease in infants and their referral. It is vital that liver disease in newborn babies is identified and treated as early as possible.

Know the early signs and symptoms of childhood liver disease

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.

Yellow Alert materials

Ensure you can spot the signs and symptoms of liver disease in a newborn baby:

You can also download the Yellow Alert pack resources here:

Please note: digital printing of the stool colour chart featured in the materials above will result in alterations to colour. You can download the Yellow Alert app to see the chart or order printed versions from CLDF.

*This website provides general information but does not replace medical advice. It is important to contact your/your child’s medical team if you have any worries or concerns

NICE Neonatal Jaundice Clinical Guidelines

NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) produce clinical guidelines which advise the NHS on how to care for and treat individuals with specific conditions or diseases.

It applies to those living in England and Wales.

This guideline provides guidance on the recognition, assessment and treatment of neonatal jaundice in babies from birth to 28 days. Visit the NICE website to download information and materials.

The information contained here has been drawn from NICE guidelines and a number of clinical references. Please contact us if you have any questions about the information here.

Yellow Alert App

The Yellow Alert app contains information designed to make it quick and simple to spot the early signs of liver disease in newborn babies.

It includes:

  • Information regarding the signs of liver disease in newborns
  • Tests and referrals for liver disease
  • A stool chart allowing users to compare a newborn’s stool to a variety of healthy and suspect colours.

The app contains useful information for all healthcare professionals working with newborn babies and the parents of newborns, and health visitors are encouraged to download the app.

To download the latest version of Yellow Alert App click on the icons below:

CLDF will continue to develop and improve the Yellow Alert App to help those looking to spot signs and symptoms of childhood liver disease. Please check frequently for updates and amend your app update settings to reflect this. The Yellow Alert app has been endorsed by Public Health England and the Institute of Health Visiting.