Just a few days after birth, parents may notice a baby’s skin and eyes have begun to yellow, a condition called jaundice. This occurs because the red blood cells produce bilirubin, usually regulated by the liver. When first born, it may take a few weeks for a baby’s liver to catch up. High-intensity phototherapy, or light therapy, helps reduce the amount of bilirubin in the skin to assist the liver in regulating the level of bilirubin in the blood.
For babies with neonatal jaundice, doctors may recommend high-intensity phototherapy. To treat the baby, a special blue light, also called a “bili blanket,” is installed into the newborn’s crib within a week of birth. The blue light stays over the crib until the baby’s skin returns to a normal color, indicating the excess bilirubin has been removed.
Florida Hospital offers this advanced and safe treatment, and other state-of-the-art procedures as part of our mission to provide patients with the highest level of care. You can trust our team to care expertly for your family. Find out more about how our team cares for our smallest patients. Schedule a tour of The Baby Place at Florida Hospital today.