Jaundice

What is Jaundice?

A yellowish or greenish pigmentation of the skin and whites of the skin due to high bilirubin levels. It is commonly associated with itchiness. The feces may be pale and the urine dark. Jaundice in babies occurs in over half in the first week following birth and does not pose a serious threat in most.

If bilirubin levels in babies are very high for too long, a type of brain damage, known as kemicterus, may occur.Causes of jaundice vary from non-serious to potentially fatal

Sign and Symptoms:

  • The main sign of jaundice is a yellowish discoloration of the white area of the eye and the skin.
  • Urine is dark  in color.
  • The yellowing of the “white of the eye” is thus more properly termed conjunctival icterus.