is the most common treatment for reducing high 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 special 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 urine.
A baby with jaundice may need to stay under a phototherapy light for several days. Phototherapy doesn't damage a baby's skin.
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.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerJohn Pope, MD - PediatricsThomas M. Bailey, MD - Family MedicineKathleen Romito, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerChuck Norlin, MD - Pediatrics
Current as ofMarch 9, 2017
Current as of: March 9, 2017
John Pope, MD - Pediatrics
& Thomas M. Bailey, MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Chuck Norlin, MD - Pediatrics
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