Orange Skin

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My husband’s mother tells the story of when he was a baby. He liked carrots so much that she fed him all he could eat. At a well-check visit to the doctor, the doctor commented on the orange tone of the baby’s skin. After talking, they discovered it must be all of the carrots.

 

On Becoming Babywise Book Two cautions against too many yellow vegetables like squash, carrots, and sweet potatoes (yams). “…too many yellow vegetables in your baby’s diet can cause the skin tone to turn slightly orange” (page 31). 

 

Most of the time, this is a harmless thing called carotenemia. Nothing to worry about (and hey, if you want to look a little more tan, now you know how to do it). 

 

However, this is sometimes associated with more severe diseases like diabetes, anorexia (not a baby issue), liver disease, kidney disease, and hypothyroidism (see http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/984934-overview.

 

Carotenemia looks different from jaundice when studying the eyes. Carotenemia does not impact the eyes.

 

So if you find yourself with a slightly orange child, before you freak out, first consider the possibility of carotenemia. You might not notice it since you are with your baby all of the time–it might take friends or family members commenting on it. 

 

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