Have you heard the pregnancy advice that your new baby will have jaundice if you eat too much yellow-coloured food? Think bananas, star fruits, yellow bell peppers, sweet corn, etc.
That’s just an old wives’ tale, says Dr Lim May Li, an obstetrician and gynaecologist at Gynecology Consultants Clinic and Surgery. Your pregnancy diet does not cause jaundice in newborn.
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Some degree of jaundice (or yellowing of the skin) among newborns is completely normal, she adds.
It happens because the livers aren’t mature enough to break down bilirubin, a natural by-product of the red blood cells.
While inside the womb, the placenta does this for them.
The paediatrician will give your baby a check-up before he is discharged from the hospital and will tell you if he needs special treatment.