My Baby Has Jaundice. Should I Postpone My Newborn Photo Shoot?

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Something I wasn’t aware of until I became a baby photographer, is that it’s common for some newborns to have jaundice after they are born.

Jaundice causes yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes, and I’m often asked by parents of babies with jaundice whether they should postpone their newborn photo shoot until the jaundice clears.

You might be reading this because you’re in the same position, and you’re planning a newborn photo shoot but your baby has jaundice.

So, should you delay your newborn photo shoot?

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Should you delay your newborn photo shoot until the jaundice clears?

The answer is that it depends.

According to the advice on the NHS website, most babies don’t need treatment for jaundice because the jaundice will usually clear on it’s own within 10 to 14 days.

In these cases there is no need to delay the newborn photo shoot. I can carefully remove the yellowing of your baby’s skin and eye whites that has been caused by jaundice when I edit the photographs after your session.

However, when treatment is required babies are usually admitted to hospital. In this case then we will postpone your newborn photo shoot until your baby has completed their treatment and has been discharged. Your baby’s health is always the number one priority.

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Over to you

I hope that this article has helped to reassure you that you don’t need to delay your newborn photo shoot if your baby has jaundice and doesn’t need to be admitted to hospital.

If your baby does need hospital treatment, we’ll reschedule your session to a later date free of charge.

Do you have any other questions about having your newborn photographed? Send me a message or click on the link below to find out more about booking your baby’s newborn session:

Click here to learn more about booking a newborn photo shoot.




Clare Murthy

Clare Murthy

I’m a newborn, baby and family photographer working with families from South West London and Surrey. I specialise in timeless, natural photography with no props or unnatural posing. I photograph babies at my studio, and families in beautiful outdoor locations. I'm based on the Surrey / London border, close to Hampton Court.
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