You may initially suspect your newborn having jaundice when you notice a yellow tinge to their skin and eyes. A child with newborn jaundice will have elevated levels of bilirubin in their blood. The body creates bilirubin as it replaces red blood cells. The liver usually breaks down bilirubin and removes it from the body. When that process fails, bilirubin accumulates causing your baby’s skin and the whites of their eyes to take on a yellow hue.
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Severe newborn jaundice can occur when the baby has an increased number of red blood cells the body needs to replace. Early infant jaundice can also result from some medications, infections present at birth, low oxygen levels, prematurity, and sepsis.
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Careful monitoring during the first five days of life can prevent most cases of jaundice. If newborn jaundice led to more serious medical issues like kernicterus for your baby, seek medical help immediately, then consult an attorney to get the legal help you need and deserve. You may be able to file a lawsuit to recoup medical-related expenses.