is the most common treatment for reducing
bilirubin levels that cause
jaundice in a newborn.
In the standard
form of phototherapy, your baby lies in a bassinet or enclosed plastic crib
(incubator) and is exposed to a type of fluorescent light that is absorbed by
your baby's skin. During this process, the bilirubin in the baby's body is
changed into another form that can be more easily excreted in the stool and
A baby with jaundice may need to stay under a phototherapy
light for several days. Phototherapy doesn't damage a baby's
During this type of phototherapy:
Potential problems that may occur during this standard form
of phototherapy include:
If your baby is being treated
at home for jaundice, it is important that you understand how to use all the
equipment. Ask your health professional for help if you have questions or
concerns. A home health nurse may visit to make sure all is going well. The
amount of bilirubin in your baby's blood may need to be measured daily.
June 22, 2012
John Pope, MD - Pediatrics
& Andrew Swan, MD, CCFP, FCFP - Family Medicine & Chuck Norlin, MD - Pediatrics
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