To understand jaundice, there's another word you need to know: bilirubin (say:
bih-lih-ROO-bin). Bilirubin comes from the normal breakdown of red
blood cells. Usually, your liver
does a great job of getting rid of bilirubin.
But sometimes the liver can't break down the bilirubin fast enough. When that happens,
a person gets jaundice. Doctors can tell when people have jaundice because the
whites of their eyes and even their skin turn yellow.