All About Jaundice

Learn all about jaundice and why your baby might have it in his first few days of life.

Nearly all newborns get jaundice, which is the result of their immature livers being unable to cope with processing bilirubin, a natural by-product of their red blood cells. If your baby's skin or eyes look yellow, he may have jaundice. It typically clears without treatment. However, if the skin or whites of his eyes become an intense yellow, or if he acts lethargic, see your pediatrician.

Originally published in You & Your Baby: Pregnancy.

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