If you have been around babies and new mothers in the past, you probably have heard of infant jaundice or even seen a baby with a pronounced yellow tint to his or her skin and eyes. While rarely serious, most cases require a doctor’s evaluation to determine whether treatment is needed, so it is a good idea to be familiar with the symptoms and treatments of infant jaundice. Fortunately, infant jaundice usually resolves on its own after a few days and the yellow skin and eyes gradually fade.
1. What Is Infant Jaundice?
Infant jaundice is the result of a high level of bilirubin in a baby’s blood. This yellow substance forms when the body replaces old red blood cells. Normally, bilirubin is broken down by the liver and passed out of the body in bowel movements. When this bilirubin builds up in the body, there is a noticeable yellow tint to the skin and eyes.