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Jaundice in Children

  • 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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