New app helps parents detect jaundice in infants

Users of the app are instructed to use a frame of different colors t

(KING) – Researchers at the University of Washington are putting the science behind the Jaundice app known as the BiliCam.

Jaundice is identified by a yellowish pigmentation caused by having too much bilirubin in the bloodstream. An abnormal amount of bilirubin can lead to serious, permanent issues.

“It can stain the brain or the brain stem, causing serious conditions that are life-long,” said pediatrician Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson. “Things like mental retardation or even deafness.”

Users of the app are instructed to use a frame of different colors that allows smart phone cameras to adjust for different lighting scenarios. Users then take a picture of the frame against the baby’s skin. The analyzed picture can identify skin color that shows the severity of Jaundice.

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