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. 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 level can get very high and might cause brain damage.
Pediatrician Kristi Watterberg, MD, FAAP, comes on the Healthy Children radio show to talk about screening infants for jaundice and how to treat it.
Segment 1: Jaundice in Newborns