Approximately 50-60% of newborn babies experience jaundice. Jaundice is indicated by a yellow appearance to the skin and the whites of the eyes. Jaundice is caused by accumulation of a normal pigment called bilirubin. Prior to birth, the mother’s body removes the bilirubin from the infant’s body. After birth, the newborn’s liver is often not yet able to remove all of the bilirubin.
To assess him/her, unclothe the baby in natural light, near a window. In general, yellowing of the head and neck represents mild jaundice. Yellowing of the head, neck and body indicates moderate jaundice and yellowing of head, neck, body and legs
is indicative of advanced jaundice
If you notice that your baby appears more yellow each time you look at him/her.
You should call to have us check the bilirubin level. In most cases,
newborn jaundice is harmless, but in some cases, it can be more serious and lead to potentially serious problems. Therefore, it is very important to have your infant checked if you note jaundice.