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What Is Jaundice?

Essential skills for new mothers

Jaundice is a condition that occurs when there is an excess of bilirubin in the blood. Bilirubin is a yellowish substance that is produced when the body breaks down old red blood cells. When there is too much bilirubin in the blood, it can cause the skin and whites of the eyes to appear yellow. Jaundice is one of the most common conditions that can affect a newborn baby.

If your baby has jaundice, it is important to have them evaluated by a healthcare provider. The provider will perform a physical examination and may order tests to determine the cause of the Jaundice and to determine the appropriate treatment. Most babies do not need treatment as the symptoms usually pass within 10 – 14 days, but it is important to have your baby checked in case they need treatment.

Follow the healthcare provider’s recommendations for treating jaundice to ensure the condition does not become more serious. If you have any concerns about your baby’s health, it is always a good idea to consult a healthcare provider.

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