Newborn Jaundice

Newborn Jaundice

Newborn jaundice is the yellowing of the skin and the white areas of the eyes of a newborn. It is common in the first few weeks of a baby’s life. Jaundice is caused by bilirubin, a waste product from the breakdown of red blood cells. Prior to birth, the bilirubin in a baby’s blood is removed when it passes into the mother’s blood and is broken down in the mother’s liver. After being born, a baby’s liver is immature and cannot always break down enough bilirubin. A baby may also have higher levels of bilirubin in his or her blood as a result of having an infection, bruising or an incompatibility with the mother’s blood type. These higher levels of bilirubin in the blood cause a yellowing appearance of the skin and the white areas of the eyes.

Kernicterus has been described as a “never event” by the Canadian Patient Safety Institute. This means that brain injury due to elevated levels of bilirubin is entirely preventable with appropriate medical care, and should not occur.

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CP Smile Project

The CP Smile Project is a community project that helps ensure children with cerebral palsy have access to recreational opportunities that allow them to engage in play and community involvement. We give monthly bursaries to families to help them provide the support needed for their child to engage in play and have fun.