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.
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerJohn Pope, MD - Pediatrics Specialist Medical ReviewerChuck Norlin, MD - Pediatrics