Mother-baby blood type mismatch may contribute to jaundice in newborns, according to doctors in India. Jaundice occurs when the baby’s blood contains excess bilirubin, a blood-breakdown byproduct that is yellow in color. Untreated, the condition can cause deafness and brain damage. Many newborns develop jaundice to varying degrees, depending on how efficiently their bodies can get rid of bilirubin. “About 60% full term babies and 70% of preterm babies develop physiological jaundice and 50% of them require treatment in the form of phototherapy,” noted pediatrician Sanjay Lalwani. Phototherapy, or light therapy, is used to break down excess bilirubin into smaller, non-harmful byproducts.
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