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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?

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Dr. Joseph Bouvier
Pediatrics
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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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Joseph Bouvier
Dr. Joseph Bouvier
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Dr. Zoey Goore
Pediatrics

In brief: Light therapy

If the baby has cholestatic jaundice there is risk of "bronze baby" syndrome (they turn a dark gray color).
If the baby has congenital erythropoietic porphyria they can develop blisters. (ask family history). Otherwise unless the family doesn't feed or change the baby while under lights the bigger risk is of not treating the jaundice.

In brief: Light therapy

If the baby has cholestatic jaundice there is risk of "bronze baby" syndrome (they turn a dark gray color).
If the baby has congenital erythropoietic porphyria they can develop blisters. (ask family history). Otherwise unless the family doesn't feed or change the baby while under lights the bigger risk is of not treating the jaundice.
Dr. Zoey Goore
Dr. Zoey Goore
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