Since it’s quite common, you may have heard of jaundice, a condition where a newborn baby’s skin or the whites of their eyes may look yellow. When red blood cells break down, a coloured compound called bilirubin is made, which the liver should eliminate as waste. When the liver doesn’t remove bilirubin from the body fast enough, a yellow tint can occur, meaning that there’s too much of it in the blood. While this can be quite harmless and common for newborns during their first few days of life, sometimes there may be other considerations that require closer monitoring and/or treatment. Your maternity provider will likely have this top of mind too. If you’d like to explore more, we’ve compiled some reliable resources here.

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