Treating neonatal jaundice is the most common use for high-intensity phototherapy. A newborn baby’s blood may have elevated levels of bilirubin, a substance usually regulated by the liver. As the baby’s liver begins functioning on it’s own, it may need a few weeks to regulate the bilirubin levels in the baby’s blood.
Jaundice is the yellowing of the skin and eyes when bilirubin levels are too high. While this condition can resolve itself over a few weeks, high-intensity phototherapy may be recommended when a newborn’s liver needs help or if the baby is premature.
If jaundice does not resolve itself and is not treated, the increased bilirubin levels can cause brain damage or hearing loss. If you suspect your newborn may suffer from jaundice, contact Florida Hospital today.