Conditions + Treatments

Jaundice in Children

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Jaundice is a condition that makes a baby’s skin and the white part of his eyes look yellow.

  • Jaundice occurs when there is a buildup of a brownish yellow substance called bilirubin in a baby’s blood.
  • Over half of all newborns develop some level of jaundice during their first week.
  • premature infants, are more likely to develop jaundice.
  • It is usually a temporary condition but may be a sign of a more serious illness.
  • The coloring of bilirubin causes the baby’s skin and white part of the eyes to look yellow.
  • The timing of when jaundice first appears in a baby helps diagnose it.

Early recognition and treatment are important in keeping bilirubin from rising to dangerous levels.

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