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Infant Care (up to 18 months old) Message Board

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My second son had jaundice when he was born. His was not so sereve that he had to go under the lights. But we did have to expose him to a lot of natural light and get regular blood tests until the jaundice was gone.

But to answer your question about what is bilirubin. Bilirubin is a brownish yellow substance found in bile. It is produced when the liver breaks down old red blood cells. Bilirubin is then removed from the body through the stool (feces) and gives stool its normal brown color.

Why babies get jaundice. In most cases it occurs because your baby's liver isn't mature enough to metabolize a molecule called bilirubin, which normally forms when the body recycles old or damaged red blood cells. Jaundice causes no discomfort to the baby and in most cases disappear within 2 weeks. However jaundice should be closely monitored by your baby's doctor because severe jaundice can lead to serious complications. Treatments can help keep your baby's blood level of bilirubin from becoming too high.

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