Kernicterus is an uncommon type of brain damage which occurs in newborns who have not been diagnosed with or received proper treatment for Jaundice (a build up of the chemical bilirubin in a newborns blood.)
Jaundice is common amongst newborns. Luckily treatment is often effective and noninvasive. Its only when symptoms are missed, or misdiagnosed that there is a risk for Kernicterus.
The effect of Kernicterus varies, but generally includes: