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what is jaundice?


Asked by Anonymous at 1:15 PM on Aug. 31, 2009 in Pregnancy

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  • A common condition in newborns, jaundice refers to the yellow color of the skin and whites of the eyes caused by excess bilirubin in the blood. Bilirubin is produced by the normal breakdown of red blood cells.

    High levels of bilirubin — usually above 25 mg — can cause deafness, cerebral palsy, or other forms of brain damage in some babies. In less common cases, jaundice may indicate the presence of another condition, such as an infection or a thyroid problem. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that all infants should be examined for jaundice within a few days of birth.


    Answer by Jademom07 at 1:17 PM on Aug. 31, 2009

  • both my kids were jaundice. very low levels.some babies do need to be hospitalized, while others only need a lil sun a few hrs a day.

    Answer by piwife at 1:52 PM on Aug. 31, 2009

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