Beyonce and JAY-Z's twins are being treated in hospital

Publish Date
Wednesday, 21 June 2017, 9:30AM

Beyonce and Jay Z's twins arrived early.

The babies were born prematurely and are being treated for jaundice, TMZ has reported.

The pair has not left the hospital since arriving eight days ago, the Daily Mail reports. It was previously reported doctors had opted to keep them in for a "minor issue."

The siblings will have spent most of their first days under "bili lights," phototherapy designed to eliminate high levels of bilirubin in the blood. 

Babies with Jaundice are kept under blue 'bili lights'. Photo / Getty Images

Jaundice is quite common among newborns, especially preterm births; twins are more susceptible since they are rarely carried to full term.

The yellow substance is created when old red blood cells are replaced by new ones; heightened levels cause a baby's skin and eyes to turn yellow.

Untreated it can be very dangerous, but once diagnosed it is easily, and usually successfully, treated. 

Beyonce's dad Mathew Knowles confirmed via Twitter the couple had added two more members to the family, joining five-year-old Blue Ivy. 

This article was first published on Daily Mail and is republished here with permission.