Hyperbilirubinemia is the medical term for a high bilirubin level in the bloodstream and the cause of jaundice. A newborn with jaundice will have skin that looks yellow and a yellowish look to the white part of the eyes. There are actually four kinds of jaundice that can affect newborns, but none of them are related to vitamin D.
If you are experiencing serious medical symptoms, seek emergency treatment immediately.
Red Blood Cells and Jaundice
A red blood cell has a lifespan of 120 days; the cell is programmed to die at that time to keep a balance with the number of new blood cells that are being created, explains Roberta Gottlieb, M.D., of San Diego State University in “Williams Hematology.” Some of the contents of the dying cell are recyclable. Thus, the hemoglobin is changed to biliverdin and then bilirubin, which is attached to a protein, transported to the liver and changed once more so it can be removed in the urine or stool. A high bilirubin level in the blood causes jaundice.
Anemia & Vitamin K
; 2009'). Some babies develop breast-feeding jaundice if they do not get enough milk. Almost all newborns have physiologic jaundice, but some type of medical disorder causes pathologic jaundice. Neither a vitamin D deficiency nor too much vitamin D causes jaundice.
- Some babies develop breast-feeding jaundice if they do not get enough milk.
Physiologic and Pathologic Jaundice
et al. ; 2011'). Newborns with pathologic jaundice have red blood cells being destroyed or a disorder that prevents the bilirubin from changing fast enough so it can be excreted. There is no involvement of vitamin D.
- Newborns with pathologic jaundice have red blood cells being destroyed or a disorder that prevents the bilirubin from changing fast enough so it can be excreted.
Vitamin D, Infants and Children
Vitamins to Treat Yellow Skin
A deficiency in vitamin D can lead to rickets; this is a medical disorder of infants and children where the bones are weak and soft. Calcium is required for strong bones, and vitamin D makes sure the intestines absorb enough calcium. However, the active form of vitamin D is naturally made when the ultraviolet rays of the sun reach the skin. ; 2011'). An excess of vitamin D can lead to a high blood calcium level, not jaundice.
- A deficiency in vitamin D can lead to rickets; this is a medical disorder of infants and children where the bones are weak and soft.
Anemia & Vitamin K
Vitamins to Treat Yellow Skin
Vitamin B-12 Deficiency and the Spleen
What Causes Jaundice in Toddlers?
Difference Between Physiological & Pathological Jaundice
Vitamin B-12 in Mushrooms
Should I Be Concerned if My WBC Is 3.6?
Skin Disorder & Vitamin D Allergy
Vitamin B12 Deficiency & Headaches
Foods High in Iron That Will Not Interfere With Coumadin
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Based in North Carolina, Ruth Coleman has written articles and manuals for more than 25 years. Her writing has appeared in community newspapers and places of employment. Coleman holds a Bachelor of Science in biology from Salem College, a Doctor of Medicine from Ross University and is the recipient of numerous academic awards.