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.