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What are the causes of jaundice?

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Too much bilirubin in the blood is the most common cause of jaundice. Your newborn might be getting jaundice because he:

  • Has a liver that's still maturing
  • Was born prematurely
  • Isn't getting enough breast milk, or something in the breast milk is causing jaundice

From: Does Your Baby Have Jaundice? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Academy of Pediatrics: "Jaundice in Newborns Q&A."

CDC: "Jaundice Alert: What Every Parent Needs to Know."

Kids Health: "Jaundice in Healthy Newborns."

Mayo Clinic: "Infant Jaundice."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on June 25, 2019

SOURCES:

American Academy of Pediatrics: "Jaundice in Newborns Q&A."

CDC: "Jaundice Alert: What Every Parent Needs to Know."

Kids Health: "Jaundice in Healthy Newborns."

Mayo Clinic: "Infant Jaundice."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on June 25, 2019

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