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How does phototherapy cure jaundice for newborn babies?

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How does phototherapy cure jaundice for newborn babies?

Excrete via urine: Jaundice is a result of accumulation of bilirubin, end product of destroyed red cells. The bilirubins deposited under skin undergoes change in physical character when exposed to special light, i.e. To become water soluble. This change allows excess bilirubins deposited under skin to be excreted through urine. ...Read more

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Jaundice (Definition)

Jaundice is the accumulation in the body of bilirubin. Normally it is excreted by the liver, via the bile. For a lot of different reasons, sometimes the bilirubin can accumulate. The most common reasons are a problem with the liver or the bile duct. This can make the skin and/or the whites of the eyes turn yellow. If this occurs, see your ...Read more


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I have a hh agency(new), peds & just had first time request for light therapy for newborn jaundice infant. What complications are there?

I have a hh agency(new), peds & just had first time request for light therapy for newborn jaundice infant. What complications are there?

See below: Blue light therapy for jaundice is standard for breaking down the bilirubin that is being produced and seen in the skin and sclera. As long as the child's eyes are protected and hydration is monitored along with the bilirubin levels (by a health care professional), i fore see no complications as long as the bilirubin level is lowering and the child is not sick as well. ...Read more

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When should we do phototherapy in neonatal jaundice.

When should we do phototherapy in neonatal jaundice.

Doctor's call: Jaundice phototherapy management is a doctor's decision which follows by the AAP guidelines and VK Bhutani's curve. It depends on the infant's assessment: his clinical status, underlying conditions (e.g. sepsis), inherited diseases (e.g. G6PD), gestational age (lower treatment threshold for the more premature), hours or days of infant's life, bilirubin fractions, albumin level, blood type, DAT. ...Read more

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Jaundice on 3rd day bili 16.. Baby put on phototherapy .. How serious it is and long term issues associated with it.. How long can it take to cure .

Jaundice on 3rd day bili 16.. Baby put on phototherapy .. How serious it is and long term issues associated with it.. How long can it take to cure .

BILIRUBINEMIA: Level of 16 is not too high but needs photo therapy to lower it to 10. It takes only a few days and baby will be ok. ...Read more

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How does light therapy fix jaundice?

How does light therapy fix jaundice?

Reacts with light: The bilirubin in the patient's body absorbs energy in the blue range of the spectrum (420-470 nm lights are blue). As a result of absorbing this energy the bilirubin molecule is broken down and then metabolized and excreted in the urine or feces. Over time the bilirubin level will return to normal. ...Read more

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Please tell me how long it takes for to cure jaundice in newborn baby?

Please tell me how long it takes for to cure jaundice in newborn baby?

Neonatal Jaundice: Up to 60-65% newborns get mild jaundice, called 'physiological jaundice"; starts on day-3, resolves by 7-10 days, as long as the baby is feeding & pooping well. Many other causes- e.g. Poor feeding, blood group incompetibilities, perinatal infections, hepatitis etc. Breast milk jaundice: after 2nd week bc of a hormone in mother milk. Treatment: stop breastfeeding for 24-48 hours & restart. ...Read more

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Is there a cure for neonatal jaundice?

Is there a cure for neonatal jaundice?

It depends: There are several dozen common causes of neonatal jaundice some of which are curable some of which are self limited others of which are fatal. ...Read more

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My newborn baby have jaundice and his blood test is 250.. What is the borderline for him?

My newborn baby have jaundice and his blood test is 250.. What is the borderline for him?

Depends on factors.: This level needs to be monitored by your physician. High risk factors in a jaundiced infant include: *clinical jaundice first 24 hours *jaundice in the < 37 week gestation infant *male, oriental, family history of neonatal jaundice. 260 mmoles/l or greater is usually the number to consider phototherapy. Ensure weight is not substantially decreased from birth/feeding progressing. ...Read more

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Yellow Eyes And Skin (Definition)

Jaundice is a yellow color in the skin, mucus membranes, or eyes. The yellow pigment is from bilirubin, a byproduct of the breakdown of old red blood cells. Jaundice is also a ...Read more


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Neonatal (Definition)

The term neonatal is generally used to describe events that occur with an infant within the first 30 days after birth.Some practitioners are looser with the definition & extend the ...Read more