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How can you tell if an african american baby has jaundiced skin?

How can you tell if an african american baby has jaundiced skin?

Jaundice: It is sometimes difficult to ascertain the presence of jaundice by looking at the skin only. We look at the sclera (the white part of the eye) to assess for the presence and the degree of jaundice in these babies. ...Read more

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Jaundice (Definition)

Jaundice is the accumulation in the body of bilirubin. Normally it is excreted by the liver, via the bile. For a lot of different reasons, sometimes the bilirubin can accumulate. The most common reasons are a problem with the liver or the bile duct. This can make the skin and/or the whites of the eyes turn yellow. If this occurs, see your ...Read more


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Are most African-American babies born with pale, light-skin, like myself? Does this very light skin color change and can it change to very dark skin?

Are most African-American babies born with pale, light-skin, like myself?  Does this very light skin color change and can it change to very dark skin?

Not necessarily. : African - American babies are not necessarily light skin at birth. They are more closer to their parental skin complexion and do not get darker as they grow. If a baby is light skinned, there might be light skinned individuals in the family, which is genetic but if the baby's mucous membranes are pale, he or she should be evaluated for anemia ( low hemoglobin ). ...Read more

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What does a heat rash look like on African American babies? My 1 year old has a rash all over and on her face. How do i treat a rash?

What does a heat rash look like on African American  babies? My 1 year old has a rash all over and on her face.  How do i treat a rash?

Here is info: Can't diagnosis a rash over the internet, but here is some information about heat rash: http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/tc/heat-rash-topic-overview ...Read more

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What re the dangers of jaundice in an infant?

What re  the dangers of jaundice in an infant?

Kernicterus: By far, most infants with jaundice are fine and get over it without difficulty. If, however, it gets really severe, the infant can get something called kernicterus, which refers to yellow staining of the brain, and leads to severe, lifelong physical problems. That's why we as physicians check to make sure jaundice doesn't get too severe, and why we treat it when we suspect it might. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of jaundice in an infant?

What are the symptoms of jaundice in an infant?

They look yellow: Jaundiced babies take on a yellowish skin tone that can be evident in the white of their eyes.They will also have some looser stools & may not feed well. ...Read more

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Is hydroquinone harmful to the african american skin?

Is hydroquinone harmful to the african american skin?

No: Except you must rest from it every few months. Continuous use over many months may result in a paradoxical darker skin. ...Read more

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I'm an african american, and on commercials the don't show what psoriasis looks like and I have sort of spots on my chest. How can I tell if it's it.?

I'm an african american, and on commercials the don't show what psoriasis looks like and I have sort of spots on my chest. How can I tell if it's it.?

Psoriasis can mimick: See a dermatologists, if not your pcp. Sometimes it is a difficult call. Location, as well as what it looks like, is important. Do other family members have it! it would then be more likely for you, as well. ...Read more