A to Z: Jaundiceenparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-khAZDictionary-enHD-AR1.jpgLearn about jaundice, when the skin and whites of the eyes appear yellow due to excess bilirubin in the blood.jaundice, bilirubin, bile, liver, gall bladder, pancreas, gallstones, hepatitis, newborns, liver infections, liver cancer, pancreatic cancer, alcohol, illegal drugs, red blood cells, icterus, intestines, gallbladder, yellow skin, yellow eyes, liver problems, alcoholic, CD1Hepatology11/26/201204/05/201909/02/2019ff478595-ff39-4d4a-bff5-c509ead305a6https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-jaundice.html/<p><em>May also be called: Icterus</em></p> <p><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/jaundice.html/">Jaundice</a> (JON-diss) refers to the yellow color of the skin and whites of the eyes caused by excess bilirubin in the <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/blood.html/">blood</a>.</p> <h3>More to Know</h3> <p>Bilirubin is produced by the normal breakdown of red blood cells (RBCs). Ordinarily, bilirubin passes through the liver and is discharged as bile in the intestines. Jaundice occurs when bilirubin builds up faster than the liver can break it down and pass it from the body. This can happen if too many RBCs are breaking down&nbsp;and going to the liver, if the liver is damaged or blocked, or if bilirubin doesn't pass through the <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/digestive.html/">digestive</a> tract properly.</p> <p>Jaundice, which&nbsp;isn't painful, can be caused by many things (such as infections and blood disorders) or be a sign of a problem with the liver, gallbladder, or pancreas.</p> <p>High levels of bilirubin can lead to serious complications if they go untreated for too long. Jaundice is most common among newborn babies and people with liver infections, gallstones, or substance abuse issues.</p> <h3>Keep in Mind</h3> <p>All cases of jaundice should be evaluated by a doctor. Treatment will&nbsp;depend on its cause &mdash; often, particularly with newborns, the cause is something harmless and the jaundice will clear up on its own.</p> <p><em>All A to Z dictionary entries are regularly reviewed by KidsHealth medical experts.</em></p>
Blood Test: BilirubinDoctors may order bilirubin blood tests for infants or older kids if they see signs of the skin taking on the yellow discoloration known as jaundice.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/test-bilirubin.html/02f4d92d-62b8-4b9b-b9c1-0d957f2e27b5
Jaundice in NewbornsJaundice is when a baby has yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes. Most types of jaundice go away on their own.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/jaundice.html/80f16341-6efa-4972-a4f3-4f1c2ca15981
Looking at Your Newborn: What's NormalWhen you first meet your newborn, you may be surprised by what you see. Here's what to expect.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/newborn-variations.html/b4629b06-91b5-41c6-8dfd-f8d494164574
When Your Baby’s Born PrematurePremature infants, known as preemies, come into the world earlier than full-term infants. They have many special needs that make their care different from other babies.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/preemies.html/bba322bb-f2ec-4128-a331-b6d97eb4d544