Jaundice causes your skin and the whites of your eyes to turn yellow. Too much bilirubin causes jaundice. Bilirubin is a yellow chemical in hemoglobin, the substance that carries oxygen in your red blood cells. As red blood cells break down, your body builds new cells to replace them. The old ones are processed by the liver. If the liver cannot handle the blood cells as they break down, bilirubin builds up in the body and your skin may look yellow.
Many healthy babies have some jaundice during the first week of life. It usually goes away. However, jaundice can happen at any age and may be a sign of a problem. Jaundice can happen for many reasons, such as:
- Infant Jaundice (American Academy of Family Physicians) Also in Spanish
- Jaundice (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
- Recognizing Jaundice: Signs That Your Liver Isn't Delivering (National Institutes of Health) Also in Spanish
Journal Articles References and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)
- Article: Updated Clinical Practice Guidelines for Management of Hyperbilirubinemia in Infants Born...
- Article: Coagulation profile of neonates with hyperbilirubinaemia in full-term newborns.
- Article: Cardiovascular and metabolic effects of hyperbilirubinemia in a cohort of Italian...
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