New parents hear the word “jaundice” and immediately start to worry. Something is wrong with their precious new baby! Luckily jaundice is not usually a bad situation for the baby, and most babies get over it quickly. Here’s an overview of the different types of jaundices and different treatments.
Jaundice is a condition caused by a build-up of a substance called bilirubin inside your baby’s body. New babies often have trouble quickly breaking down the build-up and eliminating it from their bodies. This build-up causes a slightly yellow tint to a newborn baby’s skin and the whites of his eyes.
Excess bilirubin can cause problems if the levels keep rising without going down. In general, though, this does not happen. It’s very normal for babies to get a little jaundiced (though some babies never do). This usually occurs around the second or third day of life up through the first week. After that babies are usually breaking down bilirubin and moving it out just fine.