What is Newborn Jaundice?
Newborn Jaundice is a condition in which the skin of the baby has a yellowish colour; It happens when a chemical called bilirubin builds up in the baby's blood.
Who Gets Newborn Jaundice?
Most newborns have some jaundice, often called “physiological” jaundice, in the first week or so after birth.
Why Is Jaundice a Problem?
Many babies have jaundice, and most do not have problems or need treatment. If the level of bilirubin gets very high, it can possibly cause damage to the hearing and brain.
If treatment for jaundice is needed, that treatment often involves placing your baby under special blue lights called “Phototheraphy”.