While this advanced treatment is considered safe, some newborns may experience common side effects. High-intensity phototherapy breaks down the bilirubin present in the baby’s blood, and discards the excess through bowel movements. While undergoing treatment, baby’s bowel movements are sometimes loose and a greenish color. This is normal and should stop when treatment stops.
Other common side effects of high-intensity phototherapy include the following:
- Dehydration due to jaundice
- Unstable temperature under the lights
- Skin irritation if using BiliBlankets
It’s important to understand the side effects of high-intensity phototherapy before administering treatment to your newborn. Ask our experts to ensure you fully understand the therapy. Request an appointment online today.