JAUNDICE OF THE NEW BORN--approximately no per cent of babies show more or less jaundice in the first week of life. One maternity hospital reported some years ago that out of nine hundred babies three hundred developed jaundice. Doctors call this condition icterus neonatorum-- that is a name to frighten parents with.

In a day to a few days, from the second to the fifth being the usual time, after birth the baby begins to turn yellow and parents become alarmed. The condition gradually grows worse, and then gradually disappears. Its average duration is three to four days although it may last longer, even two weeks. The yellow color is first noticed on the skin of the face and chest, then in the white portions of the eyes (conjunctive), and then it spreads over the body. The skin varies in color from a pale yellow to a yellowish brown.

The general health of the baby is unimpaired and jaundiced babies fare as well as others. The condition is not serious, is never fatal and requires no treatment. Our mothers used to brew saffron tea to dose their children for this condition. It had no value, but the condition speedly cleared up, as it always does, anyway, and this proved the value of the tea.