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What is jaundice in newborns (hyperbilirubinemia)?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Hyperbilirubinemia is an elevated level of bilirubin in the blood resulting in a yellowing of the skin and other tissues of a newborn. Bilirubin is a yellow substance that the body creates when it replaces old red blood cells. The liver helps break down the substance so it can be removed from the body in the infant's stool.

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