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What is infant phototherapy?

October 21,2023

Phototherapy is treatment with a special type of light (not sunlight). 

It's sometimes used to treat newborn jaundice by making it easier for baby's liver to break down and remove the bilirubin from your baby's blood.

Phototherapy aims to expose baby's skin to as much light as possible.

Baby will be placed under a light either in a cot or incubator with their eyes covered.

It will usually be stopped for 30 minutes so can feed baby, change their nappy and give them a cuddle.

If baby's jaundice does not improve, intensified phototherapy may be offered. 

During phototherapy, baby's temperature will be monitored to make sure they're not getting too hot, and they'll be checked for signs of dehydration.necessary procedures.

What is the specifications of infant phototherapy?