Jaundice Children


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Jaundice in Children

A child with jaundice will have noticeable yellowing of the skin and eyes, which indicates a problem with the liver, pancreas or gallbladder. This yellow color, also visible in the mucous membranes within the nose and mouth, is due to the buildup of bilirubin, which is produced by “spent” red blood cells that for one reason or another are not being handled well by the liver. This may occur as a result of a liver infection such as hepatitis (A, B, C, D or E). Alternatively, it could occur as a side-effect of certain drugs or be due to a congenital defect, gallbladder issue, enzyme deficiency, blood disorder, pancreatic cancer, cirrhosis or pregnancy, among other possibilities. Many newborns experience jaundice at two to three days old due to their livers not yet being fully capable of handling the bilirubin, and this is a normal part of infancy that typically resolves on its own after a few weeks. But if your child has jaundice after this time, he or she will typically be referred by their primary care physician to a pediatric specialist in gastrointestinal, biliary and liver diseases.
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