Jaundice is a condition that makes a newborn’s skin and the white part of the eyes look yellow. It happens because there is too much bilirubin in the baby’s blood (hyperbilirubinemia). Bilirubin is a substance that is made when the body breaks down old red blood cells.
Sometimes babies with jaundice are put under a type of fluorescent light. This is called phototherapy. The skin absorbs the light. This changes the bilirubin so that the body can more easily get rid of it in the stool and urine. The treatment is usually done in a hospital. Phototherapy can be used in a home setting in coordination with a following physician to ensure that the treatment is working.
Providence Home Medical Equipment offers phototherapy lights for the home treatment of babies with jaundice. We provide home delivery, instruction and care coordination.