High levels of bilirubin occurring in the blood is called hyperbilirubinemia. Very high levels can be dangerous to your baby. Your baby will have blood tests done to determine the level of bilirubin and be treated if necessary to ensure the health of your child.
Phototherapy (light therapy) is the process of using light to eliminate bilirubin in the blood. Your baby’s skin and blood absorb these light waves and changes the bilirubin into products that can be passed through their system. The type of light used in the home is the same form of light found in sunlight. It uses fiber optics and is safe to use. It is the highest level of therapeutic light available for treatment.
How do you use the BiliBlanket effectively?
- The blanket or pad is encased in a thin vest which then needs to be placed directly on the baby’s skin.
- The type we use is a pad that should be placed on the back, with the writing on the outside of pad and the plain side toward the skin.
- Secure the vest in front with Velcro. It does not need to be tight. It is placed on the back because it has the highest amount of blood flow close to the skin.
- It should be used 24 hours a day except for bathing or bringing baby to the MD or for labs.
- You will be asked to bring your baby in for a blood test either daily or every other day to assess continued need for therapy.
- Your child can be diapered, held, fed, nursed and clothed during treatment.
- Clothing can be placed over the pad/vest. Do not put any clothing between the child and the pad.
- The light will not get hot and does not need to be rotated to different parts of the body.
*CareLinc is able to provide phototherapy out of these specific locations only: Big Rapids, Greenville, Grand Haven, Grand Rapids, Hastings, Holland, Ludington, and Manistee. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.