Jaundice is the yellow color seen in the skin of many newborns.
It happens when a chemical called bilirubin builds up in the baby's blood.
Jaundice can occur in babies of any race or color. The skin of a baby with jaundice usually appears yellow.
The best way to see jaundice is in good light, such as daylight or under fluorescent lights. Jaundice usually appears first in the face and then moves to the chest, abdomen, arms, and legs as the bilirubin level increases.
Most babies have mild jaundice that is harmless; but in unusual situations the bilirubin can reach dangerously high levels and might cause brain damage.
This is why newborns should be checked carefully for jaundice and treated immediately to prevent a high bilirubin level.
Join us as special guest Dr. Kristi Watterberg shares important information about jaundice and how you can make sure your baby is not at risk.