Development Disorders

Kernicterus

Many babies are born jaundiced, that is, with yellowish skin due an accumulation which is a product of the normal breakdown and recycling of the compound which carries oxygen in the blood. This usually disappears over a few days with the excretion of bilirubin, particularly if the infant is exposed to sunlight. However, if the bilirubin fails to be excreted the infant may develop a condition called Kernicterus. Babies with Kernicterus can be very orange or yellow over most of their body, have sleeping problems, fussiness and require fewer than normal diaper changes.

Untreated kernicterus can cause hearing loss, cerebral palsy and sometimes produce intellectual disabilities. That is why it is important to have your child evaluated and treated by highly trained professionals, such as those at the Center for the Advancement of Youth (CAY).

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