What is jondice I always hear about? And if it is so common why is it bad?
Jaundice in children is basically high levels if bilirubin in the system. It causes the skin to yellow and sometimes the whites of the eyes. Both of my kids had it. The liver breaks down the bilirubin but babies sometimes produce more then their bodies can handle. Left untreated it can lead to brain damage, cerbal palsy or deafness.
My daughter had it excessively because she was Rh- and I am Rh+. From this she had high levels of bilirubin and we actually had to have her sit in what looked like a tanning bed when she slept. The UV lights help break down the bilirubin.
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