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Jaundice in Newborns

This is a common condition and refers to the yellow color of the skin & whites of the eyes. It is caused by excess Bilirubin in the blood. Bilirubin is formed when red blood cells are broken down. This is normal and occurs in everyone but it becomes a problem when the Bilirubin builds up faster than a newborn's liver can handle it. If untreated, high levels of Bilirubin can cause serious problems.
Jaundice usually appears around the 2nd or 3rd day of life and the yellowish skin first appears on the infants face. If the high levels do not clear up phototherapy may be prescribed. Phototherapy is a treatment with a special light that helps the body get rid of the Bilirubin. If you have questions about your newborn's health please contact your physician.


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