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Should I be worried if my infant's skin looks pale or jaundiced?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Practitioner
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Pale or yellow skin could be a problem sign. Jaundice in newborns is often caused by hyperbilirubinemia, which is not usually serious but should be cause for a medical examination. Jaundice may also be caused by congenital hypothyroidism, which must be treated promptly to prevent serious complications, such as brain damage, developmental delays, or stunted growth. Paleness may be caused by iron deficiency, apnea of prematurity, croup, or other conditions. If you are concerned, or notice other troubling symptoms, do not hesitate to call your doctor.

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