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Jaundice is caused by a build-up of a substance called bilirubin in the blood. Babies often have too much bilirubin in their first 2 weeks.
Most babies with newborn jaundice get better within 2 weeks. If it does not get better, they may need special light treatment or a blood transfusion.
Jaundice is a common and usually harmless condition in newborn babies that causes the skin and the whites of the eyes to turn yellow.
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