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.
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Understanding Birth Injuries
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