Hyperbilirubinemia is the presence of excessive bilirubin in blood. Bilirubin can build up in blood and other tissues and fluids of a baby's body. Since bilirubin has a pigment a baby's skin, eyes and other tissues have a yellow tinge. There are several causes of hyperbilirubinemia including physiologic jaundice, breast milk jaundice, jaundice from hemolysis and due to other inadequate liver function. Large amounts of bilirubin may cause seizures and brain damage as well.
HOW IS HYPERBILIRUBINEMIA DIAGNOSED?
Babies that are born before 37 weeks of pregnancy might develop hyperbilirubinemia since their liver is not fully developed