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What is jaundice?
Jaundice is a condition that occurs when a baby’s red blood cells break down, causing them to produce bilirubin, a brownish yellow substance that is difficult for a baby to discharge until his liver is fully developed and functioning. This can lead to a buildup of bilirubin in the baby’s blood, called hyperbilirubinemia. The coloring of the bilirubin causes the baby’s skin and the white part of his eyes to look yellow.
Types of jaundice
What causes jaundice?
Jaundice is caused by the buildup bilirubin in a baby’s blood.
Is jaundice common?
Over half of all newborns develop some level of jaundice during their first week of life. Premature infants are more likely to develop jaundice.
What are the symptoms of jaundice?
The most common symptoms of jaundice are:
The timing of when jaundice first appears in a baby helps diagnose it.
First 24 hours of life:
Second or third day of life:
Third day through first week of life:
Second week of life and beyond:
The following tests may also be conducted to determine if a baby has hyperbilirubinemia:
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