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Should i be worried if my baby has yellowish skin?

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Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 22 years experience
Yes: Yes - this yellowish color likely represents jaundice. Jaundice is caused by an elevation in the chemical bilirubin that is released from the breakdown of red blood cells. If high enough jaundice can cause serious damage to infants and is a serious issue. Children who look yellow should be examined by their doctor asap to determine if it is seriously elevated or not.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Yes: Yellowish skin in a baby is concerning unless a doctor has examined the baby and diagnosed the color as a normal amount of jaundice (called "physiologic jaundice"). The color is caused by increased levels of "bilirubin" in the body. Increased bilirubin occurs if the body cannot get rid of the normal amount of bilirubin produced by the body, and/or the body is producing too much bilirubin.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Yellow skin: Pediatrician can do workup for jaundice, most likely physiological and temporary if your child is healthy otherwise.
Dr. Kenneth Adler
Psychiatry 49 years experience
Yes: This could be jaundice which should be evaluated by your pediatrician.
Dr. Alan Koenigsberg
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Yes. Call doctor!: Babies with yellow skin may be jaundiced, a potentially serious liver condition. Call your pediatrician immediately and set up an appointment for your baby to be evaluated today.
Dr. Caroline Cribari
Psychiatry 23 years experience
Yes.: This indicates your baby has jaundice and needs to be treated immediately to protect his/her brain development. Call your pediatrician and if no contact possible, go to the emergency room.

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