Phototherapy for Jaundice

Picture of a baby getting phototherapy for jaundice

For phototherapy at the hospital, a light box directs special 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.

Current as ofDecember 12, 2018

Author: Healthwise Staff
John Pope MD - Pediatrics
Thomas M. Bailey MD - Family Medicine
Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
Chuck Norlin MD - Pediatrics

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