An orange-yellow substance in the body that is made when red blood cells breakdown (which is normal). Bilirubin goes through your liver and your body gets rid of it through voiding and bowel movements and with sunlight converting it in the skin. A Bilirubin test is a normal test given to newborns to check for Jaundice (see: Jaundice definition below) and is usually obtained after the first 24 hours of life or before leaving the hospital.
An unusual sound heard between heartbeats. Can sometimes sound like a whooshing or swishing noise. Murmurs may be harmless, but may also be a sign of a more serious heart condition
A liver condition that causes an increased level of Bilirubin in the blood. Symptoms are yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes. Jaundice normally can happen when the infant's liver is still maturing. The young liver is slow to process bilirubin correctly. Occasionally, when infant's blood type does not match the mother's, this can cause jaundice. (See: Bilirubin definition below)
Missouri law requires all babies born in the state be screened for over 70 different disorders. While most screenings are done by collecting a small amount of blood from pricking the baby’s heel, there is also a newborn hearing screening and a heart disease screening. For more details about the newborn screenings, click here.