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During their first few days of life, more than half of all full-term babies and as many as four out of five premature infants who are otherwise healthy develop jaundice, a yellowish discoloration of the skin and eyes. Although some babies are jaundiced at birth, most develop infant jaundice during their second or third day of life. That’s why you may not notice it until after your baby is home.
Infant jaundice itself isn’t a disease. In most cases infant jaundice occurs because your baby’s liver isn’t mature enough to metabolize a molecule called bilirubin, which normally forms when the body recycles old or damaged red blood cells.
Infant jaundice usually isn’t a cause for alarm. It doesn’t cause discomfort for your baby, and it usually disappears on its own in one to two weeks. Still, infant jaundice should be closely monitored by your baby’s doctor because severe jaundice can lead to serious complications. Treatments can help keep your baby’s blood level of bilirubin from becoming too high.
- Yellowing of the skin
- Yellowing of the eyes