Caused by the build-up of bilirubin in the blood
HEY, can you explain jaundice?
“Newborn jaundice is when your baby’s skin and the white parts of his eyes look yellow. It’s caused by the build-up of a substance in the blood called bilirubin. Newborn jaundice is very common—about 3 in 5 babies(60 percent) have jaundice.
Jaundice usually happens a few days afterbirth. Most of the time, it’s mild, doesn’t hurt your baby and goes away without treatment. But if a baby has severe jaundice and doesn’t get quick treatment, it can lead to brain damage.”- March of Dimes
About 50% of term and 80% of preterm babies develop jaundice.1
What is bilirubin?
“Bilirubin is a brownish yellow substance found in bile. It is produced when the liver breaks down old red blood cells. Bilirubin is then removed from the body through the stool (feces) and gives stool its normal color.”- University of Michigan