Many newborn babies develop jaundice, a condition in which the skin and whites of the eyes are yellowish in color, within a few days after birth. The jaundice is caused by elevated levels of bilirubin, a substance made from the breakdown of old red blood cells that is normally removed by the liver. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about newborn jaundice, what it looks like, how it is treated, complications, and much more.
Jaundice: Why It Happens in Adults
Newborns aren’t the only ones who get jaundice. Adults get it, too. Find out why.
Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency Starts in the Liver
Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency (alpha-1) can hurt the liver, especially in small children. Learn about the symptoms, treatments, who's at risk, and how to prevent it.
Understanding Jaundice in Babies and Children
WebMD gives a brief overview of jaundice, a condition that is common in infants but also can affect children and adults.
What is kernicterus? Kernicterus is a very rare type of brain damage that occurs in a newborn with severe jaundice. It happens when a substance in the blood,called bilirubin,builds up to very high levels and spreads into the brain tissues. This causes permanent brain damage. Kernicterus may be prevented by treating jaundice early before it gets severe. What causes kernicterus? Kernicterus ...
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