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Phototherapy for Jaundice

Phototherapy for Jaundice

Picture of a baby getting phototherapy for jaundice

For phototherapy at the hospital, a light box and/or fiber-optic blanket directs fluorescent light onto the jaundiced baby. The baby lies in a bassinet or an enclosed crib (incubator) while light is absorbed into the skin. The light changes bilirubin into a form that the baby can more easily get rid of in his or her stool and urine.

The baby is undressed so that as much of the skin as possible is exposed to the light. And the eyes are covered to protect them from the bright light.

For phototherapy at home, a fiber-optic blanket or band may be used by itself.

By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer John Pope, MD - Pediatrics
Specialist Medical Reviewer Chuck Norlin, MD - Pediatrics
Current as of May 11, 2012

Current as of: May 11, 2012

Author: Healthwise Staff

Medical Review: John Pope, MD - Pediatrics & Chuck Norlin, MD - Pediatrics

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